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Travelling from North Wales cotswolds

Hi we are driving from Caernarfon to Stowe on the wold and would like the most scenic route once we hit cotswolds taking in some places on route.

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When we did it, we went from Caernarfon to Chester (A487 and A55), then south to Shrewsbury (A483 and A5) before continuing on to Ludlow (A49) where we spent a night. We then headed East to Stratford Upon Avon where our hotel was. Stow on Wold is 18 miles south of Stratford. En route we stopped in Chester, at the Pontcysylite Aqueduct, and walked around Shrewsbury. In Stow On Wold, there’s a nice door on the backside of St Edwards church that is flanked by two trees. Makes for a nice photo if the lighting is right. Going through Snowdonia National Park and taking some of the smaller roads may be more scenic, but it all depends on how much time you have and where you were before Caernarfon.

Not that you asked, but in Caernarfon we stayed at Victoria House B&B. In Ludlow, we stayed at Elm Lodge just outside of town, and in Stratford, we stayed at the Arden Hotel. Each has free parking.

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Hi mandy64thomas. Welcome to the RS forum.

We did kind of the same the route, but in the opposite direction; Shipston-on-Stour to Betws-y-coed.

From Shipston-on-Stour we headed south to Gloucester (with a stop at the Cathedral), then A48 to Tintern to see Tintern Abbey (wow!). From there to Hereford, and then A49 to Shrewsbury, then A5 to Betws-y-coed. We did this all in one day. As the previous poster mentioned, it all depends on how much time you have, plus your ability or interest in driving long distances in a single day.

Our B&B host told us about a really neat farm store a few minutes east of Stow-on-the-Wold called 'Daylesford Organic Farm Gloucestershire'. We spent half a day there, browsing the store and grounds, and having lunch in the courtyard outside the store. Google it to see images and hours.

During our trip planning I posted questions on the Wales forum and "James" over there was very helpful with specifics. Maybe try re-posting there.