Our plan was to do a roadtrip in the same way we did in Scotland. So we sent couchrequests and booked our flights for September 2016. It was cheaper to book our flights from Bordeaux to London than a Megabus from London to Cardiff.
We started our trip with Bob, a couchsurfer close to the Cardiff Bay. Then the following day we took the train until Tenby, a city on the South coast, because it seemed uneasy to leave the capital with our tumbs.
In Tenby, we staid in a campsite a little far from the city center, up the hill, the Windmills Caravan Park Tenby where we had a great view on Tenby and the sea. It took to us about 10 or 15 minutes by foot to get there from the city center of Tenby.
We did a little bus trip until Saundersfoot, where we took a nice walk and tasted scones. You will find the first part of our trip on the map below.
After two days we hitchhiked until Haverfordwest (which is not an attractive city at all) and we stopped in Newport, at the Conifers Camping close to the sea.
Then we went to Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber (about 2 hours by foot from our campsite) and we met two travellers. We asked for a lift until Newport and finally we have shared a lunch together and we went together in Dinas Head, for a walk (Ynys Dinas).
The following day, after 3 or 4 different cars, we stopped a while in Machynlleth and find another lift until Corris (a really nice lady wife of the local sheriff, offered us a lift but also invited us to her home for drinking a coffee and eating a piece of homemade cake!).
Then we finally succeed to arrive at our final stop of the day : Dolgellau. We staid in the Torrent Walk Campsite, nice place around green landscapes but quite far by foot to the city center (about 40-45 minutes). The same day, during our diner, we met Alyosha, an welsh man who offered to pick us up at our campsite the following day and to drive us mid way to our newt step. Fantastic meeting !
He drove us so the next morning until Porthmadog where we ate a salty british breakfast. Then we find a car to join Pwllheli in the Llyn Peninsula, and after we get another lift with a farmer guy and his milk cargo ! Sweetest ever man, he took the time to drive us around Nefyn to find a good place to stay for us. We finally stopped in a campsite between Nefyn and Pistyll : the Wern Caravan and Camping Park (about 10-15 minutes by foot to Nefyn center).
We did the coast path promenade from the campsite and we walked until the Ty Coch Inn where we drunk a dry cider. We climbed the hill, arrived in the middle of a golf area and put our tumbs out for coming back to our tent.
This evening, we became friends with two english men, our campsite neighbours, in Wales for fishing holidays. They drove us close to Trefor the following morning. Then we got another lift until Caernarfon and then to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, longer village name ever, in Anglesey Isle. Only our welsh driver succeed to pronounce it ! We continued until Newborough village (not that much attractive) and staid in Awelfryn Campsite. The day after we moved in Rhosneigr.
When we succeed to leave Anglesey Isle (we ran away because of the terrible weather), we hitchhiked until Llanberis, the best place ever for relax and hike. We did a five-hours hike in the Snowdonia National Park and climbed the Snowdon Mount! The Llanberis lake is also really beautiful.
After, we decided to stay a second time in Dolgellau in Alyosha’s house with whom we had kept in touch, then we hitchhiked until Llandudno, Llangollen, Hye-on-Wye and through the Brecon Beacons. We met a fantastic taxi driver : we needed him to drive us to our far away campsite near Penderyn. We called him again for picking and driving us close to the highway, the best place to hitchhike at the moment.
When we succeed to return to Cardiff, we only staid two nights before to get our Megabus to go back in London to take our fight back.
To recap : our favorite places was Dinas Head in the Pembrokeshire, Nefyn in the Llyn Peninsula, Llanberis Lake and the Snowdon Mount and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Enjoy your trip in Wales if you already plan to travel there !