• London to the English countryside.

London to the English countryside.

This 400-km trip paints two very different pictures of Great Britain. It takes you from the busy streets of London to the vast countryside of North Wales and Snowdonia Natural Park. The trip starts just south of the River Thames with a view of Canary Wharf, one of the most famous parts of the London skyline. You'll cross Tower Bridge and catch a glimpse of London's modern and historical architectural masterpieces as you make your way out of the city. Once clear of the metropolis, you'll take the Midlands motorway to Telford and Shrewsbury before crossing the border into Wales at Pen-y-Bont. After a pitstop at Bala Lake, the trip continues north toward Llyn Brenig and Betws-y-Coed through breathtaking landscapes. Finally, the tour comes to an end at spectacular Black Rock Sands Beach.

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Waypoints.

Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf is not only London's most important business center, it also boasts some of the most jaw-dropping views of the city. Brimming with skyscrapers and modern architecture, the skyline of One Canada Square contains the second-tallest building in the United Kingdom. Canary Wharf itself has very little traffic, but this route south of the Thames along Greenwich Peninsula or Rotherhithe is the best for panoramic views.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE 400d: fuel consumption combined: 7.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 189 g/km.

London City – Financial District.

The beating heart of London's financial district, "The City" is home to a remarkable mix of contemporary and historical buildings. When driving the streets at night, you're likely to discover many of the city's hidden gems that most visitors never get a chance to see. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife on Liverpool Street and behold St. Mary Axe and St. Paul's Cathedral.

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Llyn Brenig.

Nestled in the picturesque Denbigh Moors, Llyn Brenig is the perfect spot for a relaxing break from the road. Take advantage of the lake by trout fishing, cycling, or going for a long and leisurely stroll. Finally, explore the visitor center and stop in at the cafe for a snack or hot drink.

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The Lone Tree.

Formed by glaciers, Llyn Padarn is one of the largest natural lakes in Wales. The bustling town of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, has become a popular meeting place for visitors. Take a ride on the steam locomotive that runs along the eastern edge of Llyn Padarn, or indulge in watersports such as kayaking, SUP, and windsurfing. Located on the western edge of the lake, the "Lone Tree" is a favorite amongst landscape photographers who converge upon the area for the sunrise and sunset.

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Betws-Y-Coed.

Welsh for "prayer house in the wood," Betws-y-Coed is one of the crown jewels of Snowdonia National Park and attracts visitors all year long. In the middle of the village, River Conway slowly makes its way to some spectacular waterfalls near Swallow Falls. In the village, you'll find visitor parking near the Pont-y-Pair Bridge. In need of a snack? The area around the old train tracks is abounding with cafes and restaurants. If you spend the night in the area, start your day off right with a traditional Welsh breakfast and some regional tea.

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Black Rock Sands.

Black Rock Sands is a beach near Porthmadog on the west coast of Wales. For a small fee, you can drive directly on the beach. It is therefore the perfect spot for taking in the Welsh coastline or walking in the shallow water of Cardigan Bay. In the evening, don't miss the sun as it sets behind the sand dunes of Snowdonia.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE 400d: fuel consumption combined: 7.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 189 g/km.

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