The wife and I are headed back to the UK in hopefully late March or early April of this year. Getting suggestions and advice here on MS worked well for our 2019 trip, so I’m back to ask again! We are looking at spending about a week in Wales, and a week in Yorkshire area. The order of that is yet to be determined.
If we start with Wales, is it easier to fly into one of the major airports and take the train over to Wales (ie Heathrow or similar), or fly into some place closer like Cardiff or Bristol?
How is the transportation situation in Wales? Last time we didn’t get a car, as we spent our time in London, York, and Edinburgh, we could get around on foot and by public transit just fine. We are looking at being out and about a bit more in Wales. I am fine driving a manual (my welding truck is a stick), though the left hand shifting and driving on the left will be interesting. However, if public transit is good, saving on the expense of the rental is definitely preferrable.
Follow on to that, how is navigating the roads? With a reasonable ability to terrain associate and google maps, will the tourist make it alright? I can pack a protractor and compass, though I will admit I haven’t verified my pace count in about 20 years.
Is it doable to stay in one place and day trip most of the places? We’re looking at starting in Cardiff, and then shifting up to somewhere around Snowdon mid week. The fact that this would happen to put us right next to the Mach Loop is entirely coincidental…
Is late March a good time to go?
Anywhere/thing the MS brain trust recommends to check out in Wale?
Any recommendations on getting from somewhere around Snowndon to York? If we have a car, it looks to be about 3.5-4 hour drive? By train it looks like going to about the same.
If we start in the York area, is it easier to fly into one of the major airports and take the train over to York (ie Heathrow or similar), or fly into some place closer like Leeds? On our last trip we took the train up from London, and I thought it was a pretty decent way to travel.
Last time we spent about 3 days in York, and the bus was plenty to get around. If we get out from the city of York, is having a car recommended or should public transportation suffice?
How is late March/early April for the York area?
Anywhere/thing the MS brain trust recommends to check out in Yorkshire area? We did the usual touristy things in York last time, and we’re looking at getting a bit more out into the surrounding area this time (though I am definitely blocking out at least a half day to visit the railway museum again).
If we’re doing York first, any recommendations on traveling down to Wales? Car and train again appear to be about the same travel time.
Thanks all in advance!