Getting Around Wales

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    Mini 1275 GT

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 14, 2005

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    My wife's sister and her husband, who were living in Cambourne, Cornwall, not only agreed to look after our two young girls, they also were kind enough to loan us their Austin Mini 1275 GT.

    This little car offered a 'pocket rocket' experience with it's 1275 cc and 59 bhp engine giving it a top speed of about 90 mph! Combined with a 4-speed manual transmission, I really had fun driving this car around Wales on the 'wrong' side of the road!! It's tiny size was absolutely perfect for negotiating all the small country roads and narrow streets that we managed to take in on our trip!

    Glenn, Sue, Steve - Ready to Set Off from Cornwall
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    The legendary A470

    by aaaarrgh Written Mar 4, 2005

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    The only transport link that unites North and South Wales is the A470 road from the Welsh capital, Cardiff, to the north coast seaside resort of Llandudno.

    Its route symbolises the slow, meandering beauty of Wales. It also illustrates how far Wales has to go before it is united physically and economically.

    The A470 takes you through towns, villages, rolling mountains and wooded valleys, via Merthyr Vale, Merthyr Tydfil, Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Builth Wells, Llanidloes, Dolgellau, Coed-y-Brenin Forest, Trawsfynydd Lake, Snowdonia, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Betws y Coed and the Vale of Conwy.

    In 2001 an exhibition of art about the A470 toured Wales. This included Bangor artist, Clive Walley, who had taken a series of photographs every 10 metres along the entire route!

    Practically speaking, it is far quicker to drive from South to North Wales via the motorways and fast roads of England. Ditto for train travel - head back into England to get from North to South Wales.

    through the brecon beacons
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    by gwendar Written Sep 23, 2012

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    This review in the next few pages, is about one the many great senic small railways that grace the welsh mountians.
    The railway runs from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, through some of wales most splended countryside.
    The ride in the train takes some 2hours, 1hour each way ,and light refreshments are offered on board.

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    Rheilffordd Ffestiniog Railway

    by grets Written Aug 10, 2004

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    The railway was established by an Act of Parliament in 1832, and is now the oldest independent railway in the world. Its origin was to transport roofing slate from the quarries in the area - the wagons full would travel downhill by gravity with the empty carriages hauled back up again by horse power.

    The Double Fairlie engines with a chimney at each end were designed by Robert Fairlie in the 1860s and are still being made today. We travelled on David Lloyd George, which was put into service in 1992, and the journey was made under the power of steam!

    The train runs from Portmadog on the coast, along the estuary on the Cob Causeway. From here we had marvellous views of the mountains in the mist.

    The Glaslyn marshes are a favourite with birdwatchers, although we didn't see many species ourselves from the train.

    The train then climbs through the trees, with the occasional glimpse of the valleys and lakes below.

    Along the route we saw many railway cottages, some so close to the train that you could have taken the toast off their breakfast plate! One bungalow, called Coed y Bleddiau, has no road access at all, so goods and passengers travel by train.

    There are lots of lovely walks from the various stations along the route, and the ticket allows you to get on and off as many times as you like.

    David Lloyd George at Portmadog station
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    Ferry from Ireland

    by amandajayne81 Updated Nov 7, 2008

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    To be honest we used this method to LEAVE Wales but it obviously is a great way to get from Ireland to Wales. We departed from Fishguard and arrived in Rosslare. The trip took just over 3 hours and I presume the return journey is of similar length. Very comfortable ship with heaps to amuse yourself with to pass the time. Wouldn't recommend the 'sun deck' I went up there briefly for a few pictures and nearly blew away!

    This was through Stena Europe. Fares for a foot passenger (no car) was about 25 pounds.

    The Ferry arriving-taken through terminal window

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    To Ireland by Boat

    by aaaarrgh Updated May 8, 2005

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    Wales has several ferry ports for services to the Republic of Ireland in particular.

    An daily overnight ferry runs from Swansea Docks to Ringaskiddy, near Cork ~ useful because you can sleep on the ferry and wake up fresh for an early start on your travels the next morning.

    Swansea-Cork Ferries

    From Fishguard, in the very far southwest, you can take the ferry to Rosslare. The advantage of Fishguard is that the train goes all the way to the ferry terminal.

    From Holyhead, on the island of Anglesey there are a variety of quicker boat services available to Dublin and the Irish East coast.

    Stena Line

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    Lack of lay-bys to enjoy the view

    by nani80 Written Dec 15, 2011

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    In such a beautiful country such as Wales, one could expect that even driving from one place to another would be sensational. As our time in Wales was limited, we had to skip some parts of the country without exploring them, so we only drove through. I was hoping to get at least the glimpse of the beauty of all those unexplored areas while driving – I guess I was expecting plenty of places to stop en route, just to admire the view for a couple of minutes (I don't mean gas stations etc.)
    Unfortunately, there was a lack of lay-bys along majority of the roads, especially in the south.
    So, don't expect to see much just by driving – you'll have to get out of your car and hike to get some of those beautiful views.
    We did that at Tal-y-llyn near Dolgellau.

    Tal-y-llyn from the car Tal-y-llyn from Mynydd Moel
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    Cars are great but sometimes a tight fit

    by amandajayne81 Written Nov 7, 2008

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    We had a car that we hired in London and dropped off in Fishguard. Great to have freedom to see what we wanted and when but similar complaints as in London. The price of parking was quite expensive and the problem was often the parks were not near town centres and you paid by the hour and you didn't really know how long you would stay for. Also the tiny little thin roads were a bit of a tight fit.

    Mind you some of the views made up for all of this and being able to stop whenever we wanted was fabulous.

    Great view - driving in the Forest of Dean
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    Traffic cam locations in North Wales

    by budapest8 Written Apr 22, 2006

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    Abergele Interchange
    Situated on the east side of Abergele,
    pointed towards Bodelwydden.

    Britannia Bridge Mainland
    Looking across the Britannia Bridge
    towards Anglesey from the mainland.

    Dalar Hir Interchange, Anglesey
    Located on junction 4 of the A55,
    between Caergeiliog and Bryngwran.

    Dwygyfylchi Junction
    Located near the west portal of the
    Penmaenbach westbound tunnel.

    Located near the port of Holyhead, on the
    Ty Mawr Interchange, Junction 2.

    Llandudno Junction
    Located on Junction 18 of the A55,
    close to the RSBP reserve, Tesco and Cineworld.

    Views normally looking eastwards towards
    Pendalar and Pen-y-Clip Tunnel.

    Menai Bridge Mainland
    Located on the A487 roundabout, on the
    south-east side of the Menai Bridge.

    Pen Caledog Interchange, Anglesey
    To the south-west of Valley, pointing towards Stanley
    Embankment at Beddmanarch Bay.

    Located on the A55 between the Penmaenbach and Pen-y-Clip Tunnels.

    NB: Some of the cameras may be out
    of order for a few weeks while work is
    done by the operators.

    Well nobody is perfect are they?
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    well connected by rail and road

    by uglyscot Written Mar 3, 2009

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    Travelling to Wales is not difficult. It takes about 2 and a half to 3 hours by rail or road. Getting out of London by road can be frustrating, but once on the M4 it is well-marked and straightforward. The traffic can be heavy before Heathrow and at Reading, but after that thins out. The Severn Road Bridge is a toll bridge with a fee of £5. 40 , I think, but you only pay as you enter Wales, not going out.

    Rail is easy from Paddington with trains about every half an hour. Arriving at Cardiff Central Station, you can then take the bus from outside the station to many other parts of Wales, or change and continue by train.
    The Great Western service is fast and reliable, though can be crowded.

    Paddington Paddington Station toll station on Severn Bridge railway scene from the train
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    Driving in Wales

    by Dabs Written Aug 27, 2014

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    We rented a car for our trip, after driving a manual in Ireland, I decided to pay the extra for an automatic so there was one less thing to concentrate on, it's hard enough to remember to drive on the left side and approach roundabouts from the left without thinking about shifting as well.

    I navigated with a combination of instructions I had from and an AA road map that I bought 30 minutes after starting to drive in England, it had Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland and had enough detail to get up around every place except inner cities. Both were useful but I couldn't have done without the AA road map.

    Most of our time was spent on A roads which are either single or dual carriageways (one or two lanes each direction). B roads tend to be more narrow although some of the A roads could be narrow as well.

    Parking was tough in some of the cities, the lots all had pay and display policies so bring some change to feed the meter. If you are lucky enough to find a free spot on the street, make sure you are not parked next to a double yellow line or signs stating resident only parking or time restricted parking. In one of the towns we saw parking enforcement writing down license plate number and the time so they are watching.

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    "Country Road Take Me Home".......................

    by freya_heaven Written Aug 19, 2004

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    The public transport is not that great outside of the larger towns in wales, so getting around by car is the best option for touring. The roads are generally good, & out of season quiet.

    Take Snow chains if you are hunting out the winter in winter in Snowdonia.

    Welsh Road
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    by freya_heaven Written Aug 19, 2004

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    There are two main ferry ports in Wales, Holyhead in the north & Fishguard in the South. Swansea also has routes to Cork

    Stenaline, Swansea Cork Ferries and Irish Ferries are the 3 companies which ply the waters between Ireland & Wales. The website below gives you information on all 3.

    Irish Ferries actually have the worlds largest car ferry, taking just 3.5 hours to get from Wales & Ireland.

    Fishguard Ferry
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    Train from Paddington Station

    by Deng249 Written Jan 12, 2008

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    One can take a train from London (Paddington Station) to Wales. The journey will take about 2 hours.

    A point to note when travelling by train: For safety purpose, the latch is on the outside of the door. As the train stops only briefly, you may want to be ready near the door as you're approaching the stations. Open the window on the door, reach out to the latch to open the door.

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    Traffic Web Cams

    by budapest8 Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    There are now a host of live webcams on road junctions,
    roundabouts and bridge entrances, so good fun to watch
    the sun coming up on the empty roads.
    Good to get a feel how the weather is...

    MMM no mystery there
    it seems like it's
    rainning half the time.

    The day after the bird flu mutated and hit Wales!
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