Favourite routes

Wales has more than its fair share of interesting drives and rides for day trips, holidays or simply alternative routes for commuting.

Here you will find a collection of suggested routes with notes and videos. The videos have been compressed by five in time to make them more manageable.

So hold on to your hat for a drive or ride at 300 mph on minor roads!

A48 chepstow Newport car x5
A48 from Chepstow to Newport

Almost entirely single-carriageway, this is not a particularly interesting road any more as much of it is speed restricted to 30/40 mph.
But it covers pleasant countryside, it is an easy drive or ride, and is a lot more interesting than the nearby M48/M4 alternative if you are not in a hurry. There are also several pubs on the way.
The video (3m32s) starts between Chepstow town centre and M48 junction 2, and finishes at the Coldra roundabout M4 junction 24.

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B4235 from Usk to Chepstow

This is an interestingly wiggly road with few built-up areas and signposted speed limits, and generally open countryside.
It used to be a favourite for advanced motorcycle tests because of the tricky bends contrasting with opportunities to “make good progress”.
The video (4m11s) starts at the famous clocktower in Usk town centre, and finishes at the junction very near to the racecourse, where it joins the A466 Wye Valley road.

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From Caerleon to Usk (minor road)

This is an interestingly wiggly road via the village of Llangybi. It has a few built-up areas and signposted speed limits, but mostly through open countryside. Traffic is generally very light, but it can be tricky to get past slow-moving traffic. It makes a pleasant and engaging drive or ride.
The route passes a big hotel and leisure centre and a garden centre, and emerges at the famous bridge over the river Usk, where there is a garage.
The video (2m33s) starts just outside Caerleon town centre and finishes at the famous clocktower in Usk town centre.

You will find more drives and rides here as I find the time to video and document them. So come back again as often as you like.