First time poster, long time reader.
I would like to ask for advice on the itinerary below, especially regarding public transportation options (Nigel? James? I have learned a lot from your help to others.)
I am traveling with carry-on (36L) backpack using public transport. I have the following roughed out but not yet booked (must act this week!).
Sept 19: morning train London to Llandudno Junction; arrive early afternoon, visit Conwy castle (sleep: Conwy YH)
Sept 20: Plas Mawr; Conwy Valley Rail. Disembark in Betws-y-Coed and Blaeneau Ffestiniog. No activities planned, just exploring and people watching. (sleep: Conwy YH)
Sept 21: morning transfer to Caernarfon. Caernarfon Castle, explore town. (sleep Caernarvon)
Sept 22: local bus day pass: Llanberis (slate museum), Pen y Pas, other scenic bus route? We will do some gentle walking if weather permits. Not interested in the cog rail trip. (Sleep Caernarvon)
Sept 23: unscheduled day -- Angelsy? Day trip to Harlech? Random bus riding? (sleep Caernarvon)
Sept 24: Caernarvon to Brecon (Bwlch). This will take much of the day. (Sleep Bwlch)
Sept 25: bus through Wye Valley to Hereford, return (Sleep Bwlch)
Sept 26: bus: Big Pit Coal Museum; explore CRT (sleep Bwlch)
Sept 27: open. (Sleep: ???)
Sept 28: return to London
Without a car to store backpacks, there are planning challenges. I am trying to move from A to B in the morning so I can stash luggage at the new accommodation and get on with the day. This also means some backtracking: I originally thought to return to London as Bwlch::Hereford::London, but there is no left luggage in Hereford. Also, I wanted to explore Chester en route from London, but there is no left luggage in Chester. Sigh.
With a combination of scenic and inexpensive, what is the best way to get from Caernarfon to Bwelch? I have found Caernarfon::Bangor (bus), Bangor::Abergavenny (Rail), bus (Abergv::Bwlch). Is there an alternative, say Caernarfon::Aberrywyth::Brecon::Bwlch, and would it be better for long hours gazing out windows?
For Sept. 27, thoughts? I would like to see Chepstow Castle and overnight at St. Briavels YH near Lydney (moated Norman Castle!) but I am stumped figuring out reasonable transport for that day, and the next day on to London.
Many thanks in advance for suggestions for the itinerary, and help with the transportation options.