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Daan van Klinken

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Road trip to the UK, where to stay, what to see?

We are a couple and traveling to the UK in August for about three weeks. We want to do a little road trip, starting and ending in Dover. For now we would like to see Wales and the Peak District.

  • We have a car
  • We have a tent
  • We have three weeks
  • Budget is $$ (out of $$$$$)
  • We like original/semi-undiscovered places.


What are some nice places to stay? And I've never been to Wales, what part of Wales is the most interesting? What places should I see?

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  • Molly S

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    Hi!

    If you're going to Wales, I would definitely recommend seeing the north coast - Anglesey in particular. There's plenty of campsites there if you're bringing a tent, and the scenery is stunning. Anglesey

    Conwy is also a nice town - lots of lovely independent shops and a spectacular castle (and Britain's smallest house if you like quirky sights!). Conwy

    You can't really go wrong with Snowdonia National Park either. Amazing walking & climbing, or you can just sit by your tent and look at the views!

    Further south, Pembrokeshire has a beautiful coastline - the beaches are some of the best in the UK.

    Even in August, though, the weather can be unpredictable in Wales (and the rest of the UK as well!) so bring warm clothes and waterproof gear.

    Can't help with the Peak District, I'm afraid - I haven't been for years :).

    Hope you enjoy your trip!

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      Thanks for your answer Molly! We'll definitely check out Snowdonia and the areas you mentioned. I just checked the 14-days weather report, and it doesn't look that great no :( Would you say that we can skip the south side of Wales (near Swansea), when we visit Pembrokeshire instead? · (0 likelikes)

    • Molly S.

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      You're welcome! To be honest, I think you can probably miss out Swansea and Cardiff. The really lovely scenery is around Haverfordwest, St Davids, and north from there. Hope the weather isn't too bad for you! · (0 likelikes)

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    If you can I would add Cornwall to your list - a gorgeous part of England with beaches and countryside galore.

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  • Jacqui Travels

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    Hi Daan!

    A road trip in the UK sounds like so much fun! I have only visited a few places on our small budget and here is what I would recommend:

    Bristol! Surprisingly awesome. Good culture, interesting history, great craft beer and cider, decently priced. A bed in the YHA hostel will set you back £20-£25 on a Saturday night. Here is a list of places (and about 11 pubs/clubs) to visit and what to do while you are there: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/bristol-uk/

    The Peak District is a beautiful place! There are so many small English villages and lots of things to see and do. I have enjoyed both times we stayed in Matlock (at the Red Lion pub) and Cromford (at Alison House B&B) - they are both such quaint towns with pubs, old mills and B&Bs that are not too expensive considering they offer all the comforts. The national park has some great walking tracks up the hills and through the forests.

    Chatsworth House is well worth a visit, especially if you are a Pride and Prejudice or Jane Austin fan. Several scenes were filmed here and it is said that this is the estate that Pemberly was based on. (Actually, Bath is also worth a visit for a day trip! Especially to see the Roman baths and Jane Austin's house). The Chatsworth estate is huge. You can visit a small petting zoo/farm, stay on the grounds, walk for miles and see beautiful water features and a maze. Inside is a beautifully decorated home with lots of history.

    This is what we did while in the Peak District in October 2013:http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/peak-district/

    Check out a small town called Woodstock. It has another big estate, Blenheim Palace and is about a 20min drive from Oxford.

    Do you have time to race up to Scotland? We spent 5 days in Fife, about an hour away from Edinburgh, one November and it was one of my fav destinations in the world. We were on a strict budget but still managed to visit numerous castles, Loch Ness, go horseback riding, do a scotch whiskey tour, go shooting, drive to the coast, etc. Here is a guide to Scotland (complete with prices we paid): http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/%EF%BB%BFgreat-scot/

    But of course you can't forget London!! If you haven't already been, there are so many cool things to see and do - and so many of them are free! http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/23-free-things-in-london/

    I hope you enjoy your time!

    Jacqui

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