EV road trip guide: the Brecon Beacons - the best route and where to charge

- By Rory Smith

2w ago

Rid yourself of the range anxiety and hit the road with our guide to taking an EV across the Brecon Beacons. Here's the best route and where to charge up.


With twisting and undulating roads that traverse valleys, lakes and sublime countryside, the Brecon Beacons has always been a diving mecca and beauty spot.

Stretching 45 miles from near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire all the way to the English border, the National Park encompasses some of the finest scenery in southern Wales.

Cardiff to Brynamman via Merthyr Tydfil

Setting off from Cardiff with a full battery, head up on the A470 through the valleys in the direction of Merthyr Tydfil. From there, take the A465 before breaking off at Glyneath and onto the A4109, A4067 and A4068 to Brynamman. While the route skirts the edges of the Brecon Beacons national park, you get some stunning views across the rolling hills. At Brynamman, there's a number of 22kwh chargers, so it might be worth topping up before the blasting across the Beacons.

The Black Mountain Pass

Image: Peter Evans

Image: Peter Evans

The Black Mountain Pass should be familiar to car enthusiasts. A firm favourite of the motoring media, the road has been the backdrop for many photoshoots and videos and for good reason. Twisting and turning its way through the western edge of the Brecon Beacons, the pass also features a hairpin known locally as Tro Gwcw, or ‘cuckoo turn’. Added to that, you'll be treated to views of the Tywi Valley along the way.

Towards the end of the pass branch off northeast and head towards Trecastle. For those in need of a top-up after some spirited driving, there's a 7kwh charger on the road to Trecastle.

Trecastle to Torpantau

A full version of this article was first published on YesAuto UK.

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Comments (2)

  • Brecon is one of my favourite, if not my favourite place to drive my mini

      14 days ago
  • It also looks like great dun fell area

      17 days ago