In August/September 1999 I drove coming from
south-England along the coast to the north. On that way I drove through
the national parks of Pembroke and Snowdonia. During the
way back I did a side trip to the Black Mountains at the Brecon
Beacon National Park.
The red triangles shown on the map are youth hostels
location. To stay a night will cost about 10 Pounds, sleeping in a tent
is the only way to get a cheaper stay.
The best time in year to go to the UK is May/June and September/October. In July/August it will be warmer but it also will
rain more often.
The traffic signs near by the cities are in two
languages (English and Welsh), in the other parts of Wales the signs
are only in Welsh and then you have to compare the words letter after
letter with your map. But this language is spoken very seldom.
You should do the distance between Cardiff and Swansea
quite fast, because there is nothing to see except big cities with
traffic jam and industry.
But I'm sure that you will love the beautiful coast of the Pembroke National Park.
The most beautiful parts of the cliffs you can visit only
on weekends. During the week it's forbidden to be there and it's better
if you do so, because this is a army tank shooting area.
It's absolutely amazing what the nature is able to do.
The Snowdonia National Park is a hilly area with
lots of lovely turns.