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    Talking Got bored - Drove North Wales - Enjoyed Evo triangle

    The weather was touch n go in Brum, it hadn't decided either to rain or shine. I gambled and decided to head off towards the (in)famous Evo car test route near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales. The TomTom worked flawlessly guiding me past Telford and other towns, progress was good until I arrived at the 'A' roads - so many damn artics and blind corners - Even with the S3 I was hesitant to blast down these roads. So the final section towards Betws took quite a while (about 50mph). Soon enough the roads freed of lorries and trippers and progress picked up a bit. There were some great mid-speed sweeping corners where the road was cut from a side of a hill with a severe drop to the right!
    Eventually arrived at B4501 a place called Cerrigydrudion. Not much of a village, a few amenities but little else. Tip-toed thro at 30 and went right at the junction - so far it was a bit of an anticlimax. However, looking ahead I could see the road stretch into the moorland, this could be motoring Nirvana?!
    The B4501 was lightly trafficked out of the village, a farmers 4x4 sped off in front of me whilst I dawdled waiting for a clear road ahead. Within a minute the 4x4 had turned up a farm track. The road was empty and now flowing up the hillside as did my speed. That is until I took a look at the view to the left.....
    Woooahhh.

    Time for a coffee, a smoke, and get ready, this could be the closest driving experience in the UK to the Nordschleife...

    Speeds weren't that important, what was immediately apparent was the amount of punishment the S3's suspension was taking..With blacktop like this, no wonder drivers come far and wide...

    What traffic there was, was infrequent and fairly quick. A biker was clearly doing a rekkie and stormed past me at some speed.
    The moorland merged into a forested area, tall pine trees left and right, a couple of reservoirs too.
    The road continued to snake, up and down until opening into a sweeping left hander where the trees created an avenue (very like that german toll road)
    The corner had a perfect bend radius and the S3 felt sweet as I powered round into a long straight section. Looking back...

    A cattle grid and a right turn was the signal that this 6 or so mile section was over as I turned left onto A543. I have no pics of this section, for the simple reason that this section of road was superb. The forest had receeded just open moorland with fantastic sighting lines, the road bumped and bucked at speed. Climbed and fell. As it decended towards a hamlet of houses, there was one final sweeping right hander, whooah superb... And that was it, 12 or so miles in total.
    I went thro the tourist stop of Betws-y-Coed (dull) and the roads opened up to reveal vistas like this

    Time for another stop, more coffee and retrace my tracks taking the Evo triangle, this time in reverse. Yes, it really is great. Flashes of shots from the magazine became instant recognisable.

    A perfect antidote to boredom...

    If you have a TomTom, this itinary file is all you need for the Evo triangle



    Cheers,
    Ed

    Must mention the inspiration came from this Pistonheads thread - http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/t...04051&f=45&h=0
    Last edited by silvers3uk; 7th February 2007 at 07:13.

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    Sounds like an amazing day mate, man I wish I could go for a lil road trip soon, I love those roads, never tried north Wales just usually south of Scotland, around lake district area, but these roads just look supereb, thanks for posting pics mate, really shows where've you've been, nice one
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    What a great post.


    I will have to do this soon.

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    Thanks defratos - It was a great day, completely indulgent. Just shows that you don't need to go abroad to find the best roads...

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    Great write up and pics

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    did you see the uglyhouse or whatever its called just on the top side of Betws-y-Coed ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by fingermouse
    did you see the uglyhouse or whatever its called just on the top side of Betws-y-Coed ???
    Yea, I think I passed right by the ugly house. Only caught a glimpse of it, looked like it had 4 walls and a roof. Also remember seeing signs for Ffestiniog (train?) which is close.

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    Great thread! As an EVO subscriber I know exactly what you're talking about - their favourite UK site for group tests.
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    Nice post.

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    Top post!!
    You would have gone past my house then! i live in-between shrewsbury and welshpool on the A458
    I might have to venture into the welsh hills myself one of these days!!

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