Driving through Tywi Forest
a spectacular mountain pass

A mountain scene. Blue sky. Green slopes. Sets the theme.

If you drive directly east out of the small Welsh town of Tregaron, you soon find yourself climbing the mountains that lurk there.

You climb gradually up one side of the Afon Berwyn valley, and already you feel like you’re somewhere special.

More blue, more green. Some fencing.

A mountain covered in trees

The road gets narrower and more hairpinbendy, and there are steep drops and sudden twists. Proper mountain driving. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, there’s quite a few motorcyclists there. They’re all terribly polite, and wave their thanks at me when I pull over to let them pass.

The Tywi Forest blankets a vast area around here. We pass the car parks, notice the tracks and footpaths on the map. I make mental notes of places to return to. We can’t stop here today, we’ve got to get home. But maybe another day.

More mountain

My pale blue Skoda parked in a valley, with mountains behind. Looks like a car advert

About two thirds of the way across the mountains, we find ourselves in a broad flat-bottomed valley. A stream meanders past a parking area. There’s an information sign, and a bird of prey wafting above. I take a photo that looks like a car advert.

A mountain road viewed from inside a car. Trees loom to one side.

Then we’re on again, down out of the mountain pass and back into normal roads with two sides to them. Wales feels magical, even from the front seat of a car; but that’s because it is.

Filed under: places
(15 May 2019)