I'm splitting this from my post in the England forum (which was subsequently eaten by the forum software. Grrrr. Apologies to those who read and perhaps attempted to reply to it. ).
I have 3-4 weeks in the UK, of which I'd like to spend about 10 in Wales, if the weather (and logistics) permit. My accommodation is hostel, so I have not booked ahead yet, though I check availability daily. I will be anchored in London. For transport, I would like it to be as flexible as possible schedule-wise; slow and slow/local is fine. I am 55+.
I have three options: all public transport, car hire from somewhere outside London, or a mix, picking up a car in Wales.
In south Wales, I plan to base in Cardiff and spend 2-3 days there and nearby towns (Llantwit Major, Ewenny, Brigend, Porthcawl). Not sure yet how I am going to get to Cardiff with some schedule flexibility. but am I correct in assuming that once there, I can buy a day-pass for local buses that will cover Glamorgan? And if I want to explore up to Merthyr Tidfil and Brecon?
From south Wales, I'd like to move on North, ultimately basing out of the hostel in Llanberis or Conwy. Again, I'd like to then explore the area using a day pass of some sort for local buses.
What (interesting) options do I have for getting from Cardiff area to Llanberis or Conwy? bus or trains through the heart of Wales would be lovely; again slow and local is fine. Adventure is good.
Arriva has a North Wales pass, as well as a North-Mid Wales pass. However, I don't think it would cover my transport from Cardiff area northward.
Please point me in the right direction for figuring all of this out. I need to learn how to do it for myself, as I am sure i will be doing some planning on the fly.