We were looking the best Welsh twists and turns to put the Vanquish to the test
Any Aston Martin owner will know that the best driving days are the ones when it is sunny. So, when we decided that we wanted to hit the road and head from the Cotswolds to Wales, the sun had to be shining.
There is no better feeling in the world, than packing the picnic hamper, loading up the Aston and heading off to your favourite place on a Saturday.
On this particular Saturday, we made our way to the Elan Valley in Mid Wales. Our initial journey was made up of motorway driving, extending through Bristol, into South Wales and then up over the hills as we arrived into the heart of Wales.
We knew the real fun would be when we arrived at our destination. We were looking for twists and turns to put the Vanquish to the test, we wanted the breathtaking views and decent vantage points – we wanted to sit and eat our lunch enjoying two of Britain’s best views – the Elan Valley and the Aston Martin.
The Aston Martin Vanquish handles the Welsh roads with gusto, grace and elegance
Upon arrival, and after a quick cup of tea and slice of cake at the Elan Valley visitor centre, we set about navigating the Vanquish around the Elan Valley roads, 16 miles of this circular route takes you past the glistening dams of Caban Coch, Craig Goch and Penygarreg – the water levels low from the extraordinarily dry and hot summer we’d been experiencing, this meant the dams which would normally be gushing with water, were calm and peaceful.
We explored the twists and turns of the sweeping valley road, the rise and fall of the mountainous route and the dodging of sheep reminded us that not only was this a sports car which could handle the Welsh roads with gusto but with also with grace and elegance. The Vanquish being a GT designed for comfort, luxury, speed and a lot of noise!
The unmistakable roar of the V12 naturally aspirated engine reverberated around the valley walls, perhaps breaking the serenity of the place – but WOW, it sounded spectacular (and apparently heard back at the visitor centre).
The Welsh Valleys provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy your Aston Martin
The breathtaking landscape was the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot - I may be biased but placing the Vanquish in front of the hills only emphasised the beauty and elegance of it all. Enviable glances came our way as did the images of glee from young boys faces who encouraged the rev of the exhaust – the Vanquish commands a respect everywhere she goes.
After exploring the mountain road a little further, the sport mode rapidly depleting our fuel, we decided our visit to the Elan Valley needed to come to a close for further exploration another day.
If you are seeking a beautiful location to enjoy your Aston Martin (or any vehicle or by foot), then the Elan Valley in Wales should certainly make your list. Whilst the Vanquish was slightly too wide to drive over the Claerwen Dam, known by car enthusiasts as the dam Richard Hammond drove up in a Land Rover Defender, the main route is wide enough for two vehicles, and where it isn’t there are passing places.