7-day Wales road trip itinerary: explore the land of song

Posted on 13/07/2018 by Spaceships Crew


“Croeso i Gymru” – that's Welsh for Welcome to Wales! Check out our 7-day wales road trip itinerary with highlights including Cardiff, picturesque Snowdonia, Gower Peninsula and Pembrokeshire. If the countryside is what you're after (with plenty of sheep!) plus great food and drink, awesome sunsets plus perfect campervan & motorhome sites with spectacular Welsh mountains and rolling grasslands serving as your backdrop.

Explore Wales: road trip itinerary for 7 days

Are you ready for a road trip to that amazing country that is often called "little New Zealand" aka Wales? Here's a great itinerary suggestion for you. In just 7 days you'll see heaps of Wales. Or stay longer on the road as there is so much to do and see.

Day 1: the journey begins

Begin your journey from our depot in London to Windsor Palace, one of the Royal Family’s many homes in the UK. It's easy to reach from our depot, no need go on the M4 motorway. Just take the "scenic" route via the B376. This is a worthy stop-off if you have time to kill; explore the beautiful grounds and sneak a look around the corner and you might find one of Eaton’s school boys having a crafty fag while skipping lessons at the prestigious school, which is nearby.

Windsor Castle by Kathryn (CC BY ND 2.0)

Windsor Castle | photo: Kathryn (Flickr)

Head along the M4, continue heading west for a couple of hours. Options before reaching the Welsh Border could be lunch in the Roman Spa town of Bath or a quick stop in the Cotswolds, a region famed for its pretty chocolate box villages and wonderful nature walks. To continue onto Wales, you need to cross one of the Severn River Bridges. Using the older and Northern Bridge makes it easier to head directly into the Welsh Countryside but be prepared to pay a small toll fee between Bristol and Wales.

The first thing you will notice in Wales is that the signs are multilingual. English and Welsh are the norms throughout Wales as there has been a major renaissance in the Welsh Language in the last 30 years. Either make your first stop at Chepstow Castle or continue up the Wye Valley to the fantastic Tintern Abbey. Continue up the Valley to Monmouth where you can either stop overnight or continue onto Abergavenny at the bottom of the Brecon Beacons.

 

Day 2: the soul of the country

Spend at least a day visiting the area exploring the beautiful Brecon Beacons mountain range from your base at Abergavenny. This wild and rugged region is well known for its waterfalls, beautiful nature trails and amazing peaks spread across 520 square miles. Some highlights to check out may include a spot of paragliding or a trip back into the Industrial Revolution via the Big Pit, or one of the many walks such as the easy circular route from Llanfoist to Govilon. Following on here, it is just a short journey through to the Capital of Wales, Cardiff where you will experience the life and soul of the country (and the party) in true Welsh style. Highlights here include the Millennium Stadium and the regenerated Cardiff Bay where you will plenty of stylish places to eat and drink.

Cardiff always promises a great night out too, especially if there is a match or a concert on at the stadium. The city centre is great for pubs, bars and nightclubs and areas such as Womanby Street or Quay Street really come to life at night! For more sightseeing elsewhere, you can head further west before stopping off at Swansea for a quick look around. And here you can check out some of the city’s best attractions such as the National Waterfront Museum, Dylan Thomas Centre, Clyne Gardens or Oystermouth Castle. Or to experience the beauty of the Bristol Channel, head over to Swansea Bay and spend some time relaxing on the beach.

Day 3: fresh countryside air

After two great cities and all that sightseeing, you’re probably dying for some of that fresh countryside air! Day three is time to venture into the great Welsh outdoors and we’re sure you’ll be mesmerised with everything that Wales has to offer. Head over to the stunning Gower Peninsula, a wild and rugged peninsula which offers mind-blowing vistas of the sea – a great place to enjoy an early morning sunrise if you set off in good time. Then just another hour away is the Pembrokeshire region. This corner of Wales perhaps one of its most beautiful, comprising gorgeous coastline and golden sandy beaches with lush greenery in the national park. This is also a great place to explore castles such as Manorbier Castle, Pembroke Castle, Carew Castle, Cilgerran Castle and many others.

Later, continue up past Fishguard (catch the ferry to Ireland here if you want) to Aberystwyth. The beaches here are pretty wild if you leave the town centre. It’s a good place to hire a mountain bike too and the Cambrian Mountains are a fantastic area to ride in. Nant Bwlch yr Arain is the main centre with a choice of tracks from 9m to 35km.

Days 4 & 5: Snowdonia National Park

If adventure sport is your thing, make your next stop at the incredible Snowdonia National Park. This illustrious mountain region offers plenty of walks, climbing plus awesome mountain biking and if you’re feeling a little lazy, you can even take the cog train up the side of Mt Snowdon. Right at the top, the views are unbeatable so make sure you pack a picnic, bring a decent camera and give yourself plenty of time to soak up those vistas. Stay overnight in either Llanberris or Caernarfon, where you’ll find some great spots to park your Spaceship. But whatever you get up to during your time here, make sure you check out Caernarfon Castle before you leave! It’s absolutely stunning and there’s a charming castle pub nearby which serves delicious food and affordable drinks.

Snowdonia in Summer by Tony Armstrong (CC BY NC 2.0)

A must-see on your Wales road trip itinerary: Snowdonia National Park | Tony Armstrong (Flickr)

Day 6: the island of Anglesey

Just a little further up the road, you will find the island of Anglesey. The main Ferry port of Holyhead is where most people travel to Ireland from, and it’s an iconic viewpoint defined by its lighthouse and ocean backdrop. After leaving the island, head directly east stopping in at Conway and driving through Denbighshire before spending the night in the quaint little town of Llangollen.

This pretty town is like a step back in time and the Horseshoe Falls and Thomas Telfords Viaduct are a must do whilst you’re here. You can also visit the beautiful Valle Crucis Abbey, tour the castle at Castell Dinas Brân or you can stretch your legs for a hill hike up the Moel y Gamelin. Or for something a bit different and quirky, take a ride in England’s oldest tourist attraction – a horse-drawn canal boat ride along the Llangollen canal. You’ll be rewarded with some awesome views!

Day 7: pub time

Spend your final night of this Wales road trip itinerary in Llangollen and be sure to check out some of the traditional pubs such as The Corn Mill or the Wynnstay Arms. Both pubs serve up tasty meals – the slow cooked pork belly at The Corn Mill is to die for and the Wynnstay Arms serves up a mean Welsh steak served with hand cut chips!

Get a good night’s rest in your Spaceship before heading south through the lush rolling countryside to Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader. And then back to London to our headquarters.

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