One of the most beautiful, yet undiscovered areas of Wales are the Cambrian Mountains. A huge landscape in mid Wales, almost completely unpopulated, between Lampeter in the West, Buith Wells in the East and Machynlleth in the North. A number of the valleys have been flooded over the years to provide a water supply for more populated areas of Britain.
There are a number of roads which cross this lonely region and make for not only superb uninterrupted driving but also offer magnificent scenery.
From Tregaron take the tarmac track eastward into the hills. The undulating road winds and climbs steadily until it opens onto open moorland. Continue across the moor and take the right turn south having crossed the River Towy. An earlier right turn offers a short cut but it is worth driving the two sides of the triangle to experience the steep climbs and hairpins.
Following the Towy south you will soon reach the wooded banks of Lake Brianne. The road follows the southern banks of the lake offering many spectacular views. See picture of the Mk1 with views of Lake Brianne.
Having taken in the RSPB site some 2 miles form the Lake motor south and turn over the Towy Bridge. On the far side of the bridge is a welcoming Pub which offers exceptional value Pub Grub. On a hearty supper one can make for home either Westward towards Lampeter or south towards Llandovery.
Take care over the summits of hillocks on this mainly single track road and don’t forget the sheep in this open countryside have little road sense.
Richard Sheen