Gallery: an epic drive through the heart of Wales, from Conwy to Abergavenny

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We drive the BMW i8 hybrid supercar through Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons. Photography: Pete Goding.


 

 

On the A498 in Snowdonia, between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Gwryd, with Llyn Gwynant in the background.


Portmeirion: the Italian-style village on Wales north-west coast was the lifetime’s work of Clough Williams-Ellis. He started work on it in 1925 and it was soon a fashionable resort, attracting everyone from Noel Coward to George Bernard Shaw. 


The BMW i8 driving north along the east shore of Lake Vrnwy. The Lake is in fact an artificial reservoir, built in the 1880s to channel water from the Welsh hills to the city of Liverpool, 70 miles away.


Lake Vyrnwy at twilight: The peaceful view from the restaurant terrace of the Lake Vyrnwy hotel and Spa. Like the 'lake' itself, the hotel was built by Liverpool City Council.


On the A498 in Snowdonia, between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Gwryd, with Llyn Gwynant in the background. 


The BMW i8 climbing twisty-turny roads to the north-west of Lake Vrnwy.


A shepherd in mid-Wales: a timeless scene on a high, misty plateau, along the B4518, south of Snowdonia. 


The BMW on the highest road in Wales, Gospel Pass, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The road links Hay-on-Wye and Abergavenny. 


Driving along the east shore of Llyn Clywedog on the trip south from Snowdonia to the Brecon Beacons. 


The view east into the Brecon Beacons from Gospel Pass.


The BMW i8: The supercar is BMW’s second hybrid and confounds expectations of what a plug-in car might look like. 

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