Trip of the Month – Welsh Road-trip
This fabulous spring weather has me dreaming of the forthcoming Easter break when hopefully with its late April timing will mean a glorious long weekend of sunshine, blossom and my garden clematis making an early appearance (as it did a few years ago when Easter was linked quite magically to the Royal wedding and seemed to last forever!)
It may be down to childhood holidays, the link between daffodils and Wales’ National day or delicious spring lamb, but the Welsh coast is always somewhere top of mind when planning an Easter break.
So how about a GlamperRV road-trip from the stunning Gower Peninsula in the south, around Pembrokeshire and up to Abersoch in the north? A quick route search suggests a round trip of 700 miles, perfect for a 7-10 day break. The beauty of Wales is that there are so many places to stay overnight from picture postcard wild camping spots to the large camping parks so something to suit everyone. Just do a quick search on www.searchforsites.co.uk and you will be spoilt for choice.
From our Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire base I would suggest putting your foot down and heading westward to your first stop on the Gower peninsula. I had planned a visit there recently until the heavy snow meant a change of plan and liked the look of The Oxwich Bay Hotel. It is a motorhome stopover right on the beach and has very good reviews. Do phone ahead especially during school holidays.
If for your first night you prefer a campsite then Eastern Slade Farm looks a good bet – not loads of facilities but will allow you to fill up with water and get used to your hotel on wheels.
You won’t be at a loss of what to do during your Welsh road-trip as with some of the most beautiful costal paths in the country and a wide range of traffic free cycle routes there will be plenty of activities to wear you out (see https://www.sustrans.org.uk for a great range of downloadable leaflets to plan your trip).
Heading west to Pembrokeshire my recommendation for overnighting is Shrinkle Bay, Manorbier where there is a small, quiet campsite but also a wild camping spot at Shrinkle Haven Beach for the more adventurous. From here, a couple of hours stroll along the coastal path will lead you to the pretty village of Tenby and if after lunch you don’t fancy the walk back then make use of the local bus for the return. You may also wish to explore Manorbier Castle which is a stone’s throw in the other direction and as one customer told me was ‘deceptively large’.
You will love your drive from Pembrokeshire in the south up to the popular seaside town of Abersoch in the north and I am sure will be tempted to stop off en route for a night or two. Remember that with your bed and food on board you really can travel at a snail’s pace.
If by the time you reach North Wales you are done with beaches and blustery coastal walks then head inland to the adventure paradise that is Snowdonia National Park. If a hike up Snowdon is on your ‘to do’ list then we have had a few customers stay at the newly opened Llanberis Touring Park and came back raving. Not only were they impressed by the facilities on offer but more importantly by the location – they could walk from their base up Wales’ highest peak and into the pretty local village for a well-earned brew after their climb. For those who prefer a Brit Stops location there is an adventure park a mile outside Betws y Coed, offering a variety of outdoor adventures including high ropes courses, where you can park GlamperRV for the night.
I think you will agree that Wales has an incredible range of activities coupled with stunning scenery to suit anyone hiring a luxury motorhome. Please do share your own recommendations of your favourite places to visit and overnight parking spots in Wales and I will keep this blog updated.
Availability for Easter is filling up fast so do take a look on the link below and don’t leave it until the last minute!