Looking for suggestions for a 5-day visit to Wales with an emphasis on natural grandeur and beauty and staying in either one or two locations (and doing day trips) rather than hopping to different lodging every night. I love hiking and staying in small villages. All suggestions welcome!
No castles, hill forts, or standing stones? How far do you want to travel (one way) each day? Coast, mountains, birds? How far can you hike in a day?
Hi Ed, I'm open to such things and for this trip, beauty trumps history. I'm looking for my jaw to drop and my heart to expand repeatedly. :) I'll have a car and an hour or two travel each way/day is fine. Coast and mountains yes! As for hiking, up to 6 miles/day is probably a good range. Also, as for lodgings, I'd prefer villages over big towns.
Okay, but it rips my heart out that you're skipping the castles and stones. You can't get the villages too small or you'll wind up eating in the same pub every night. In the northwest, make it Caernarfon for Snowdonia, South Stack on Anglesey, and the north side of the Menai. Also the north chunk of the Dyke Path. In the southwest make it Cardigan for the walks along the bay. Six miles is a tad short, but I think there's a bus that can get you back from the south side or you can find somebody in a pub to help you preposition a car, For really desolate, get into the Brecons, but there's not to much else around. If you do this, let me know so I can tell you about a couple of cautions that can startle the britches off you,. Yell as you refine your plans, I know the Principality pretty well and just polished off the last little bit of walking the entire perimeter last month.