Scenic Drives


Cheshire & North Wales offer many superb driving roads and the chosen 3 Scenic Drives include some of the MX-5 Owner Club Cheshire & North Wales Area’s favourite places.


Oulton Park to Mercure Abbots Well Hotel in Chester

Distance: 12.7 miles.  Driving time: 25 min

Why not enjoy this alternative safe and beautiful route from Oulton Park Race Circuit to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel in Chester driving through some of scenic Cheshire .


North Wales Scenic Drive

Distance: 79 miles to 209 miles.         Driving time: 2.5 hours to 6.5 hours + stops

Starting and finishing at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel in Chester heading west into North Wales. The North Wales Scenic Drive can be combined different ways to your liking depending on available time, energy and the weather. You can choose the different sections as you make your way through this Scenic Drive adventure.

Route A (36.3 miles):

From Hotel through Cheshire lanes and villages, Llangollen and up through the unforgettable Horseshoe Pass with the first stop at the popular Ponderosa Café at the top.


After a break it will be time to make a choice between the next routes B1 or B2.

Route B1 (42.8 miles):

From Pendarosa café heading back to Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel in Chester with an optional stop at Alyn Waters Country Park. This is the shortest North Wales route.


Route B2 (45.1 miles):

From Pendarosa Café to Riverside Chocolate House going over Moel Famau and including the famous Evo triangle, which several car magazines consider as the ultimate roads in UK. Not to be missed J


Next section is a choice between routes C1 or C2.

Route C1 (8.5 miles):

From Riverside Chocolate house a short beautiful drive through Nebo to Llanwrst.

Route C2 (32.2 miles):

A longer route from Riverside Chocolate House to Llanwrst. This drive provides stunning views of mountains and passes through Ffestiniog with an optional stop at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns Slate visitor centre and café.

Next section is a choice of routes D1 or D2.

Route D1 (7.7 miles):

This is a twisty short drive from Llanwrst to Holland Arms Pub on B5113.

Route D2 (37.7 miles):

From Llanwrst up to Llandudno passing Conwy Castle and with an optional stop top of the Great Orme, followed by a unique drive around the Great Orme on Marine Drive. Then along the coastal route to Rhos on Sea before heading inland finishing at Holland Arms Pub on B5113.


Route E (57.6 miles):

This is the last section going back to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel in Chester via Denbigh and making the most of more fantastic B-roads.


In summary:

 Route Miles Driving Time (min) Post code (end of Route) Route description
Route A 36.3 70 LL20 8DR Mercure Hotel, Llangollen, Horse shoe pass, Ponderosa cafe.
Route B1 42.8 75 CH3 5QL Ponderosa cafe back to Mercure Hotel
Route B2 45.1 75 LL24 0LE Ponderosa cafe, Moel Famau, B5105 and Evo triangle.
Route C1 8.5 15 LL26 0PL To Llanwrst through Nebo
Route C2 32.2 55 LL26 0PL To Llanwrst through Ysbyty Ifan, Ffestiniog Slate Mines, Bets-y-coed.
Route D1 7.7 20 LL22 8BG  To Holland Arms pub at B5113 using twisty roads.
Route D2 37.7 85 LL22 8BG  To Conwy, Great Orme, Rhos on Sea and to Holland Arms at B5113.
Route E 57.6 95 CH3 5QL From Pub to Llangernyw, Evo again, Denbigh and back to Mercure Hotel
Routes can be combined in 5 different ways: Total Driving  Time  
A+B1 79.1 145 2h 25min Horse Shoe Pass (shortest)
A+B2+C1+D1+E 155.2 275 4h 35min Horse Shoe Pass + Evo
A+B2+C2+D1+E 178.9 315 5h 15min Horse Shoe Pass + Evo + Mountains
A+B2+C1+D2+E 185.2 340 5h 40min Horse Shoe Pass + Evo + Great Orme/Coast
A+B2+C2+D2+E 208.9 380 6h 20min Horse Shoe Pass + Evo + Mountains + Great Orme/Coast

This North Wales Scenic Drive will not disappoint no matter which way you combine it and will stay in your memory for a long time.

You already have a great sports car – these are great roads to match.

Cheshire Scenic Drive

Distance: 81.4 miles   Driving time: 3 hours + stops

Starting from Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel in Chester, heading east on typical good Cheshire lanes towards Helsby, Frodsham, optional stop at Arley Hall and with a stop at High Leigh Garden Centre.

Next optional stop is Tatton Park, then through Knutsford on to another optional stop at Jodrell Bank.

Anderton Boatlift in Northwich is the next attraction, then Delamere Forrest before heading back to Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel.

This is a nice Scenic Drive around Cheshire passing some very special local sightseeing points.


Spring Rally Day :

At the Rally there will be a manned stand with further information about the proposed Scenic Drives, various sightseeing points and how to use the Tulip Maps.

There is no run leader and firm starting time for the Scenic Drives, so start when you are ready. You will most likely meet some fellow MX-5 drivers on your drives on Sunday 19th April.

Please see further details on the Tulip Maps that can be downloaded and printed from here


We hope you will enjoy the Scenic Drives in the Cheshire and North Wales area.

Thanks go to Lars Favrholdt and Ray Ronnpage for coordinating the Rally drives.


Download Links*

Spring Rally Drives Overview and links

Oulton Park to the Abbots Well Hotel

Cheshire Scenic Route

Welsh Tour

Route A

Route B1

Route B2

Route C1

Route C2

Route D1

Route D2

Route E


Map overviews for Wales routes.




Evo triangle… ? 




Hi Iain,

I have been asked about the planned runs for Sunday again, is there any update?



That is the Driving Routes updated with download links in the top post of this thread.


Downloaded And looking forward to our week in North Wales when we hope to do a lot of those. 

Don’t suppose there are any actual maps with the routes on? It would help get our bearings and appreciate the areas covered.  If not I may have to try and plot on Google maps. …