Wales can be both deceptively large and small at the same time. There are two things you can rely on though; you’re never far from either spectacular views or driving roads but you’re also never really near anything.
Ok – that might be a bit of a wild generalisation. On the one hand if you’re based in South Wales and want to drive to climb Snowdon you can do it in a day. However, when you’re looking for fuel in an area you don’t know too well, you can pretty much guarantee you’ll have no signal and will be running on fumes before you find a petrol station. For that reason, if you’re driving in rural Wales, always assume you won’t be able to use your phone and fill up with fuel before you hit the red. You’ll thank me later.
For this road trip guide, we’ve chosen a loop starting from Builth Wells. This market town is still home to spectacular rallying in the British Rally Championship and was previously featured on the WRC Wales Rally GB, so what better place than to kick off our driving route. If you’re looking for a one-day route in Wales, full of interesting stops both natural and historic, then this will be ideal. It could easily be stretched out over up to three days if you want to spend more time on your feet exploring the area. Non-stop and without traffic it would take around four hours to drive.