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Started by Ebadlun on Apr 10, 2021 11:31:26 PM
Driving around Wales aimlessly for a couple of weeks or whatever

The closest I'm going to get to a foreign holiday this year.

I'd like to do something like a full circuit of the place, starting from Bristol - any must-sees apart from the obvious ones like Snowdonia, Harlech, Shakin' Stevens' birthplace?

cozzer - 10 Apr 2021 23:37:51 (#1 of 27)

Three Cliffs Bay, Gower

cozzer - 10 Apr 2021 23:38:07 (#2 of 27)

Or Rhossili

Tomnoddy - 10 Apr 2021 23:42:39 (#3 of 27)

Or both.

CarlosFandango - 10 Apr 2021 23:53:11 (#4 of 27)

Both. How could you not?

FGBFGB - 10 Apr 2021 23:54:42 (#5 of 27)

Castell Coch, near Cardiff, and then up the Rhondda valleys, to see the kind of places where the work and money that paid for it came from.

lallygag - 10 Apr 2021 23:59:26 (#6 of 27)

The Wild Guide: Wales is a good book to look at. Personally I really enjoyed the Llyn Peninsular, especially the climb up Yr Eifl which feel higher than they are and you get a spectacular view right down the peninsular and inland across to Snowdonia, and there's a hillfort on top to explore. Then you can go down the steep lane to Nant Gwytheyrn Welsh language museum, with a lovely cafe, feral goats and beach. I also loved Porthdinllaen, it's just an amazingly beautiful beach surrounded by a crescent of mountains, pub on the beach and great sand. We saw seals on the walk round the headland.

Ebadlun - 11 Apr 2021 00:00:42 (#7 of 27)

I know South East Wales quite well, what with having family from there and living near it, so really I'd be skimming over that and starting west of Swansea.

tasselhoff - 11 Apr 2021 00:16:30 (#8 of 27)

You could do a pretty extensive castle tour.

lallygag - 11 Apr 2021 00:24:43 (#9 of 27)

So much of inland Wales is so beautiful and you travel round and wonder why on Earth it doesn't get masses more tourists, but that's the beauty of it. In some ways there aren't that many 'must sees' that are higher or more spectacular than anywhere else, but you could pretty much pick any route across the country or go down a random lane and it would be beautiful. Go west of Hay on Wye, maybe towards Bulith Wells and then meander over to the coast via Abergwesyn - it's all good.

CarlosFandango - 11 Apr 2021 03:44:21 (#10 of 27)

The Wye is very nice. My brother and I canoed from Ross to Tintern, aged about 12 and 13.

Mum and Dad went off to Hay, with an agreement to "see you at the weekend, at the abbey".

We emptied all the camping stuff out on the bank and did Symonds Yat three or four times, for giggles.

YouGotTheMoney - 11 Apr 2021 04:24:33 (#11 of 27)

penmon point, with the priory and st seriol's well, on anglesey. south stack is also worth a look. perhaps spend the night in beaumaris.

also on anglesey, if you like neolithic tombs, there's bryn celli ddu, and if you like gardens, I remember plas newydd being quite lovely.

there are lots of bits of anglesey I haven't seen although I'd really like to - I believe there's a coastal walking route with some spectacular spots on it.

further inland, beddgelert is less rubbish than you might think, although I went in october and suspect it may be irritatingly touristy in the summer. pretty, though.

conwy and caernarfon probably both fall under "the obvious", but conwy in particular is rather nice, although again probably chock-full of tourists in the summer. if you go, don't miss plas mawr, which according to its website is "the finest surviving Elizabethan town house anywhere in Britain". I wouldn't know about that, but it's definitely impressive. there's a castle/plas mawr combo ticket, or at least there was when I was last there.

the walk up conwy mountain, on the other hand, isn't really worth it unless you desperately want a view over the town, and the smallest house in great britain somehow manages to be even less interesting than it sounds.

bossab2 - 11 Apr 2021 09:33:25 (#12 of 27)

Portmeirion ?

Centre for Alternative Technology at Macunthleth (near Abberiswith). If its still there.

Take wet weather gear !

Tenesmus - 11 Apr 2021 09:38:47 (#13 of 27)

Rhyl. Hopefully the Wetherspoons will be fully open when you get there.

bossab2 - 11 Apr 2021 09:40:36 (#14 of 27)

The wye valley is nice.

And as its in the rain shadow it doesnt rain all the time.

Dubris - 11 Apr 2021 09:53:49 (#15 of 27)

Aberaeron is a very pretty place - all brightly painted houses with a door in the middle and a window on either side like rows of dolls houses. New Quay is similar but on a hillside.

The seafront at Aberystwyth on a sunny day is a thing of joy and delight. I wonder if the cliff railway will be running this summer? A place inland I must get back to is the Hafod estate near Pontrhydygroes: a Georgian picturesque landscape mixed up with forestry in the wilds of mid-Wales.

If the tide and the beach levels are right, you can see the petrified forest (fossil tree stumps, in essence) at Borth and along from there is the beautiful landscape of dunes and beach at Ynyslas, looking across the Dovey Estuary to Aberdyfi.

I could go on...

Can you tell that I like mid-Wales?

mingmong - 11 Apr 2021 10:13:43 (#16 of 27)

Round Crickhowell is nice. Good for walking in the Brecons, Pen Y Fan etc. This place, that once housed the Red Book of Hergest, has a particular atmosphere

Also round the Gwaun Valley, Newport and Nevern in the Precellis. If you stay at Newport (the one in Pembs) check out the seafood at the Cnapan restaurant.

limegreen - 13 May 2021 17:50:53 (#17 of 27)

Any recommendations for the north coast of Wales? We will have access to a car and like food, history and non-strenuous walking.

blummm - 13 May 2021 17:57:11 (#18 of 27)

Parys mountain on Anglesey is worth a detour, and the part of the coastal path that takes in Porth Wen brickworks if you fancy an explore.

Verdigris - 13 May 2021 18:02:43 (#19 of 27)

The Great Little Trains of Wales. All of them! The Vale of Rheidol starts again on the 24th of this month.

Do an Y Gwyll/Hinterland scene spotting trip.

bossab2 - 13 May 2021 18:20:46 (#20 of 27)

The bit of the coast near St Davids is easy walking country ( ie flat )

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