Trying to narrow down an itinerary for next summer, end of July / beginning of August. Wondering how much worse traffic will be due to high season? Would love some feedback. I've read every post on the Wales forum, and I have read Lonely Planet Wales, and of course RS Great Britain. I've been to Conwy on a RS best of England tour, but my husband has never been to Wales. I've been wanting to go back ever since that tour! We both strongly prefer small villages to cities (hence sleeping in Chepstow vs. Cardiff.
We'll start by picking up rental car in Bath in the morning.
Day 1. Drive from Bath to Saint Fagan's, on to Caerphilly Castle then sleep in Chepstow.
Day 2. Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey, I'd like to also include a 3 - 5 mile walk somewhere around Chepstow. Ideas?
Day 3. Drive from Chepstow through Breacon Beacons, sleep in or near Harlech (see Harlech Castle if time, otherwise see it the morning of day 4). Ideas for sights along the way?
Day 4. Drive from Harlech to Beddgelert, explore village and possibly do a short hike, then drive to Caernarfon (again - see castle if time, otherwise see it the following morning).
Day 5. Drive to Anglesy, see Beaumaris, south stack etc., sleep in Conwy.
Day 6. Explore Conwy - walk the walls, Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr.
Day 7. Betwys-y-coed. Wondering if it might be better to just take the train from Conwy vs. driving? Sleep in Conwy.
We could return the car at the end of day 5 (returning in Llandudno junction), unless driving to bewys-y-coed is advised. Next day on to London.