↓ Advertise on Defender2 ↓

Home > Expedition & Overland > Abergwesyn Pass conditions
Post Reply  Down to end
Page 1 of 2 12>
Print this entire topic · 
colinsb



Member Since: 15 Oct 2022
Location: Radnorshire
Posts: 43

Wales 
Abergwesyn Pass conditions
It's hardly an expedition, but this afternoon I have to travel from Radnorshire to Cardigan. One of the options is to go from Beulah to Tregaron via the Devil's Staircase and the Abergwesyn Pass, which I haven't done for many years.

Can anyone with more recent experience tell me if there are any issues to be aware of, eg water crossings?

Thanks. 90 D250 HSE, Pangea Green with tan interior and fabric sunroof.
Post #1015710 20th Nov 2023 9:29am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
geobloke



Member Since: 06 Nov 2012
Location: Nottinghamshire
Posts: 4410

United Kingdom 
It's a paved road so should be just fine. If it is like any of the back roads up here in Denbighshire then it is going to be extremely wet, so slow as you go and keep of the verges as they are soft. Beautiful road for a back road drive. Have fun.
Post #1015754 20th Nov 2023 2:37pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
MarkBrown



Member Since: 03 Oct 2022
Location: Mid Wales
Posts: 350

United Kingdom 1983 Defender 110 Other HT Auto Keswick Green
I've traveled that road lots of times, only once has there been water over the road, at the bridges, then it was only about a foot deep. You'll be fine. The timber Lorries are using it at the moment.

Keep an eye open for this beast!


Click image to enlarge
Post #1015757 20th Nov 2023 2:44pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
geobloke



Member Since: 06 Nov 2012
Location: Nottinghamshire
Posts: 4410

United Kingdom 
Is that still there? I have photo of that from back in 2006/7 Rolling with laughter
Post #1015760 20th Nov 2023 2:57pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
MarkBrown



Member Since: 03 Oct 2022
Location: Mid Wales
Posts: 350

United Kingdom 1983 Defender 110 Other HT Auto Keswick Green
It was a week ago, there's another one behind the barn which can be seen from the bridleway. I think that there would be some other cool stuff behind the farm, but there's no right of way past to take a look.
Post #1015766 20th Nov 2023 3:06pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
Screbble



Member Since: 26 Apr 2015
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 2066

United Kingdom 2004 Defender 90 Td5 XS CSW Zambezi Silver
MarkBrown wrote:
I've traveled that road lots of times, only once has there been water over the road, at the bridges, then it was only about a foot deep. You'll be fine. The timber Lorries are using it at the moment.

Keep an eye open for this beast!


Click image to enlarge


Now I DO like that 👍
Post #1015951 21st Nov 2023 9:07pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
colinsb



Member Since: 15 Oct 2022
Location: Radnorshire
Posts: 43

Wales 
I did the trip with no problems, although some of the crests were totally blind until I remembered the "glass bonnet" camera! The water levels were nowhere near flowing over the bridges. I wouldn't want to do it in the summer, just because of the oncoming traffic. Respect to anyone road rallying across the Pass!

And by a fluke, I stopped in the gateway in front of the AEC Militant to reply to a message.



Click image to enlarge



Click image to enlarge
 90 D250 HSE, Pangea Green with tan interior and fabric sunroof.
Post #1015995 22nd Nov 2023 11:47am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
geobloke



Member Since: 06 Nov 2012
Location: Nottinghamshire
Posts: 4410

United Kingdom 
Super. Glad you had a good drive out Thumbs Up
Post #1015999 22nd Nov 2023 12:20pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
Screbble



Member Since: 26 Apr 2015
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 2066

United Kingdom 2004 Defender 90 Td5 XS CSW Zambezi Silver
Looks like you had a great drive 👍
Post #1016036 22nd Nov 2023 6:01pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
colinsb



Member Since: 15 Oct 2022
Location: Radnorshire
Posts: 43

Wales 
I did, and if I’d left two hours earlier, the sun would have been shining. 90 D250 HSE, Pangea Green with tan interior and fabric sunroof.
Post #1016042 22nd Nov 2023 6:21pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
Screbble



Member Since: 26 Apr 2015
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 2066

United Kingdom 2004 Defender 90 Td5 XS CSW Zambezi Silver
You can’t have everything…

The scenery looks great in any weather Thumbs Up
Post #1016047 22nd Nov 2023 6:39pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
Nuclear Nick



Member Since: 21 Aug 2021
Location: Southwest
Posts: 258

United Kingdom 
Did this pass on a night rally many years ago in 1275 Cooper S. Fortunately I had a great navigator who called all the bends superbly but perhaps just as well as in the dark I couldn’t see the drops to either side or I would have been even more terrified! Good fun though. Only problem we had was stopping at the time control at the end due to brake fade!
Post #1016176 23rd Nov 2023 3:49pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
colinsb



Member Since: 15 Oct 2022
Location: Radnorshire
Posts: 43

Wales 
Brave!! 90 D250 HSE, Pangea Green with tan interior and fabric sunroof.
Post #1016184 23rd Nov 2023 6:00pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
Screbble



Member Since: 26 Apr 2015
Location: Lancashire
Posts: 2066

United Kingdom 2004 Defender 90 Td5 XS CSW Zambezi Silver
It looks stunning - I’d never heard of it until now so thanks for raising my awareness 👍
I definitely want to drive it - but not quite like Nuclear Nick Rolling with laughter
Post #1016235 24th Nov 2023 9:41am
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
blackwolf



Member Since: 03 Nov 2009
Location: South West England
Posts: 17073

United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 DCPU Stornoway Grey
You can make a nice circular trip if you incorporate the old road from Pontrhydfendigaid to Abergwesyn (better known as Strata Florida, after the abbey it passes) which comes out approximately half-way between Abergwesyn and Tregaron.

It is unfortunate however that this track has become a magnet for the off-road-moron brigade in recent years, and has changed almost beyond recognition from the gentle isolated ancient route it was 30 or 40 years ago. It is also sensible to be careful in the wet season, since some of the many water-crossings will be deep. It is not for the inexperienced if driven solo, but much more enjoyable solo.
Post #1016248 24th Nov 2023 12:35pm
View user's profile Send private message View poster's gallery Reply with quote
Post Reply  Back to top
Page 1 of 2 12>
All times are GMT + 1 Hour

Jump to  
Previous Topic | Next Topic >
Posting Rules
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



Site Copyright © 2006-2024 Futuranet Ltd & Martin Lewis
DEFENDER2.NET RSS Feed - All Forums