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Sept 2013 trip planning

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Sept 2013 trip planning

adults 6 - Arrive London-Depart Edinburgh - Car hire.

Considering Driving to Aberystwyth area from Gloucester or Hereford England area. Then Drive to Conwy. 1 night each place or could possibly spend 2 nights at one (3 nights total).

Other consideration is drive to pembrokeshire area from Bath, England, then up to Conwy.

Could commit 4 nights total for this route. ?places to stay. Prefer to stay in smaller cities or towns. Prefer B&B's- 60-110 pounds. Suggestions for sites to find B&B. prefer to stay in town or within walking distance to pubs/restaurants as we will not want to drive after having a drink.

Prefer scenery and local stuff. Suggestions for route, things to see and do.

Thank you

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Hereford to Aberystwyth is not much more than 2 hours non-stop, perhaps 3 if coming from Gloucester, so you'll have plenty of time to stop en-route. It's a scenic drive, but doesn't actually pass through many places of note. Hereford itself is worth a look (cathedral, Mappa Mundi museum etc) and you may wish to divert through one of the "black and white" villages such as Weobley on your way westwards. Hay-on-wye would also be a diversion worth considering, if you're into books etc. The dams near Rhayader (which supply Birmingham) are quite spectacular if the weather is nice. Nearer Aberystwyth is Devil's bridge with spectacular water falls and a steam railway to Aberystwyth (though you may want to do this as a trip from Aberystwyth if you've time). Going north from Aberystwyth the route becomes more mountainous and scenic. Blaenau Ffestiniog is a grim industrial town, but interesting because of it's heritage as a slate mining centre, with museum and underground tours etc, also has a steam railway to Portmadoc (or Porthmadog as it's often called). Betws-y-coed is a centre for the Snowdonia national park, with hotels and guest houses a-plenty, and many outdoor pursuits. It may be worth staying here, and touring around the mountainous area before you finally move on to Conwy. The Pembrokeshire option may also be worthwhile, but you'll find most of South Wales fairly industrialised until beyond Swansea, so you'll probably want to zip through on the motorway. Pembrokeshire itself is lovely, especially the coastal areas around Solva, St David's and Fishguard - worth staying somewhere in the area (St David's probably) for a day or two before heading up the coast road to Aberystwyth.

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Hi pakevin,

A really interesting drive from Hereford to Aberystwyth would be via Builth Wells - Beulah - Tregaron - Aberystwyth. Tregaron has a few places (B&B pubs etc) where you could spend a night. Lampeter (half hour south of Tregaron) has a gold mine museum. Pontrhydfendigaid (15 minutes north of Tregaron) has the remains of an old abbey. In Tregaron itself is a great shop that sells some really good gold jewellery and next door the cafe Hafan that does good homemade cakes etc. For somewhere really different to stay there is a remote hostel halfway between Beulah and Tregaron that is an old farm without electricity, mains gas or mains water. It is self catering and you will also need to bring any alcohol you need. Google "Elenydd wilderness hostels" and look for Dolgoch.

From Gloucester I would go to Aberystwyth via Brecon (a nice small market town) and up to Builth Wells, then as before.

The road from Builth to Tregaron is very impressive but is quite a narrow road with passing places and best driven during the day!

Keep your eyes open to see Red Kites and low flying military aircraft. Both are spectacular.

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If your travels take you that way, the town of Presteigne in Powys is well worth visiting. An attractive place in its own right, it also has the superb 'Judges Lodgings' museum. Unlike most museums, this is very much a hands-on place, where you're free to sit on the seats, take a good look at what's on display. The place had been closed down many years ago, and everything there put in storage in the building. It's been recreated now as representative of the end of the nineteenth century with both oil and gas lighting. It's one of the best museums I've ever visited.


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