Land of the dragons : an amazing Welsh roadtrip

Seeking adventure, nature or the beautiful islands? You decide. There is no better way to explore this proud country than in an RV

“Just so many wonderful places to visit” said our UK country manager Ed Bassett. I long term visitor to Abersoch and Aberdovy in Wales on the Lynn Peninsula.  Wales might have been overlooked as a place for your next motorhome or campervan holiday. The landscape of Wales is defined by inspiring mountains. Most noteworthy is the UK’s tallest Snowdon at 1072 metres with lots of different grade climbs and this is where we start our amazing Welsh roadtrip…

Welsh road trip

Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia

Adventurous and magical Snowdonia

For us, Betws y Coed is the perfect place to start our Welsh roadtrip. This stunning little town with its beautiful Victorian buildings sits at the junction of three river valleys and is called the gateway to Snowdonia. Before heading into the adventure, take some time to visit the cute railway museum, the golf course or one of the great restaurents and eateries. There are numerous climbing and walking shops here also. From the town, many walking tracks depart or you can arrange a mountain bike ride, a climbing session or a horseback ride. 

Welsh road tripBetws y Coed: The Pont-y-Pair Bridge or Bridge of the Cauldron dated from 1475 and is the oldest existing bridge in the village

Hiking and climbing: Tryfan and Snowdon

Hiking lovers with energy can be sure to enjoy themselves on the Tryfan mountain. With a couple of walking tracks you have a couple of different difficulties. At the top, you will find the twin monoliths called ‘Adam and Eve’. 3 metres high, with a gap of 1.2 metres, it offers a big challenge for the daredevils (see Merijn our PR manager below). An old Welsh legend tells that taking the leap will gain you the ‘freedom of Tryfan’. The mountain writer Frank Showell Styles said about the step: “In calm dry weather it is not too hard a step but the penalties of failure are unpleasant in the extreme.”

An amazing Welsh roadtrip

Do you dare to take the leap?

Another of our favourites is the highest mountain in Wales and the United Kingdom, Snowdon. The climb is a bit easier than the Tryfan though and there is even the possibility to get up there by train, departing from Llanberis. It is said to be one of the best railway journeys in the world. Either way, it will reward you with an amazing, stretching view. Do take care though as people do get into trouble on the mountain on the more challening climbs from Pen y Pass, pack well and for a drop in temparatures.

For even more adventure, head to Surf Snowdonia, a world-first inland surf lagoon. The artificial lagoon creates waves that are suited for both beginners as more advanced surfers. Good waves are guaranteed of course!

Abersoch

If you are looking for a picture postcard multiple sandy beaches and several campsites to stay. Great walks, a golf course, watersports, varied dining and cafes then you must stop off in Abersoch on the Lynn Peninsula Click here

Dramatic coastline – Pembrokeshire

The dramatic scenery of Pembrokeshire coast offers a beautiful location for our next stop on an amazing Welsh roadtrip. The county is perfect for long or short coastal walks, outdoor activities, beach days and wildlife watching. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a 186 miles long path along the most breathtaking coastline in Britain. The varied views will leave you in awe for either short or longer walks. After a day of walking, you can rest on the award-winning beaches or undertake one of the many watersport activities if you haven’t had enough of exercise yet. Find Puffins on the Skomer or Skokholm islands or spot seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises on a boat trip.

Wales road trip

Pembrokeshire Coast

The cities: Swansea and Cardiff

Swansea’s most famous description is by Dylan Thomas: “Ugly, lovely town”. It appears to have removed that image because it has been named most beautiful city to live in in the UK in a 2016 study. The second city of Wales is a vibrant,developing city with a great bay and a lively sports scene. Home to football team Swansea City and the rugby team the Ospreys, Swansea offers you the chance for a great evening out. The Swansea Market is a great place to get your foods and goods from local produce. The city boasts some interesting museums, like the Dylan Thomas Centre, Egypt Centre and the National Waterfront Museum.

Wales road trip campervan

Cardiff Castle

The capital and biggest city in Wales, Cardiff, has got something for everyone and is a great end to our trip. Rich history, great shopping opportunities and top class entertainment. Our preferred way to get around is by bike when the weather is good. Take one of the cycle tours to really get into the city or explore the city on your own. Make sure you stop by the Cardiff Castle, not only historically interesting (once a Roman fort and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy place) it also offers great panoramic views of the surroundings of Cardiff. The National Museum in Cardiff holds one of the largest impressionist galleries, for more diverse art you are better off at the Chapter Arts centre, a place for creativity, digital media and art. For the best food try City Road in Roath or Cowbridge Road East in Canton.

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