With passport application delays and tougher security checks at airports featuring prominently in the news at the moment, many Brits will be tempted to stay closer to home for their summer holiday this year. In fact, several travel firms are reporting a rise in demand for staycations in the UK this summer. One of the most popular destinations for domestic breaks is Wales, and with these five beautiful drives as identified by us, its not difficult to see why many Brits will be tempted to leave the passport at home and explore what Wales has to offer!
The Elan Valley
There are many reasons to visit the Elan Valley and a large area of the Welsh Lake District can be seen from the comfort of your car. Being part of the Cambrian Mountains, Elan is a beautiful and unspoilt area made even more compelling by the dams and reservoirs which together create a living landscape. Due to the idyllic scenery, the Top Gear team films at this particular driving route. By taking this circular route around the Elan Valley you will enjoy a rich and varied landscape, visiting the reservoirs of Craig Goch and Penygarreg and the many streams and rivers which flow between them.
To learn more about this route see: http://www.drivingforpleasure.co.uk
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Drive
The Pembrokeshire coast is almost entirely a national park and boasts a large expanse of sandy beaches. The vast and imposing cliff side which hugs the shore is home to a huge variety of wildlife including a host of seabirds, seals, porpoises, whales and dolphins, which are often seen in these coastal waters. By taking the A487 south from Newport this route will take you through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and en route towards St Davids Cathedral, an iconic structure of architecture, history and religion.
To find out more about the sites in Pembrokeshire visit: www.visitpembrokeshire.com
The Llanberis Pass
This route starts on the A4086, taking you from the quaint village of Capel Curig to Caernarfon, during which time you will witness the magnificent views of one of Britains most popular mountains, Snowdon. From the stunning mountainsides to the serene setting of the Llynnau Mymbur Lakes, the Llanberis Pass slices through a spectacular landscape of dramatic scenery.
To learn more about the Llanberis Pass visit: www.greatestdrivingroads.com
The EVO Triangle
The Evo Triangle is named after EVO Magazine who commonly follow this particular route to test-drive new cars for their magazine features. As a result the route is rapidly increasing in popularity among driving enthusiasts looking for a challenge. This road endures both tight and sweeping bends with panoramic views of Llyn Brenig Lake and the village of Cerrigydrudion.
To find out more visit: http://www.greatestdrivingroads.com/great_roads/The_Evo_Triangle.html
The Black Mountain Pass
The Black Mountain pass route begins on the A474, north of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, and then travels through Lower Brynamman, crossing over the Black Mountain. The Black Mountains are a blanket of subtle shades of red sandstone hills and purple swatches of clustered heather. This creates a fluid driving experience with cascading hills and imposing mountain peaks.
Visit the suggested route for the Mountain Pass at: http://www.drivingroads.co.uk/black-mountain-pass-top-gear-a4069
Using car hire comparison service Carrentals.co.uk, car hire in Caernarfon in August starts from 42 for a 4 day rental.
Gareth Robinson, MD of Carrentals.co.uk, said: Car hire isnt only for holidays abroad. With many British holidaymakers opting for a staycation this summer, car hire is a great way to explore some of the beautiful countryside and landscapes that this country has to offer.