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6 Day Road Trip to Wales From London

VW campervan driving along the roads in Wales

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable holiday experience in England, then a campervan holiday travelling to Wales from London is the way to go. Departing from London, this 6-day trip exploring Wales and The Cotswolds has something for everyone: stunning scenery, rich history and culture and rolling hills a-plenty. Surf the roads from London to Wales, through to Snowdonia National Park and back via The Cotswolds on this jam-packed road trip.

Author: Lauren Barnett

Day 1: Cardiff - Bargoed Farm

VW campervan parked at the campsite

Set off from London to Cardiff with your campervan to explore the Cardiff Castle and wander around the city centre. From there, travel to Cardigan Bay to visit the Tresaith beach waterfall, before setting up at the first campsite at Bargoed Farm. This campsite offers plenty to do, from the private riverfront hot tube pitches, onsite bar, restaurant and even a children’s play barn. Insider tip: Grab dinner in the bistrot before settling into the camper for the night.

Day 2: Abereron - Aberystwyth - Aberdovey

A turquoise VW campervan parked by the beach in Wales

Back on the road, wander through the charming town of Abereron before heading to Averystwyth for the afternoon. Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, the longest electric funicular cliff railway in Britain, is a must-visit for inspiring views. Spend the afternoon soaking in the sights, visiting the oldest pier in Wales, as well as a cool games arcade and bar. After exploring Aberystwyth, it’s time to head to Nyth Robin, a beautiful rustic campsite near Aberdovey. Pitch up for the night, cook some pasta in the camper, and chill out.

Day 3: Talyllyn Railway - Abersoch

Man prepared camping meal parked in the countryside

Time to head to Talyllyn railway, a narrow-gauge steam railway that runs through the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Then head to Portmeirion, a charming Italianate village built by an eccentric architect. Portmeirion is essentially a museum village with an entry fee, but it’s still highly recommended to add this stop to your plans. End day three at Tyn y Mur campsite, overlooking the village of Abersoch (a popular seaside resort with plenty of bars and restaurants). We recommend a fresh seafood dinner at The Potted Lobster.

Day 4: Snowdonia - Zipworld

Couple photographed outside of High Velocity Zipline in the UK

Prepare for thrills! Zipworld at Penrhyn Quarry is home to Velocity 2, the fastest zip line IN THE WORLD. Not one for the faint-hearted when being driven up a very high quarry in preparation to launch off it. Thrill-seekers, this one’s for you. A short journey from Zipworld, you’ll find llyn Gwynant campsite, a perfect base campsite for climbing Mount Snowdon, situated on a peaceful lake, with a bar, food, and a little shop to stock up on essentials.

Day 5: Mount Snowdon

Campervan driving along the roads in Wales

It’s time to embark on the ascent of Mount Snowdon. Ensure you pack a substantial bag with snacks, lunch, and an ample water supply, as these essentials will be crucial for the day ahead. Opt for the Pyg route on the way up and the Miners route on the way down. Keep in mind that this challenging trek requires resilience. The entire journey typically takes just over five hours. However, reaching the summit will provide a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment as you check off a significant item from your bucket list.

Day 6: Wales - Cotswolds

Turquoise campervan parked on the road in the Cotswolds

Time to leave Wales, but not before stopping in the charming Cotswolds for the final night. Driving through the rolling hills, reach Bourton-on-Water, then Stow-on-the-Wold: two quaint villages packed with charm. Then onto Moreton-on-Marsh to pitch up for the last time and enjoy a drink in town.

A Wales trip from London offers incredible scenic views and a wide range of outdoor experiences
suitable for all ages. Wales is a fantastic travel destination for campervan holidays with coastal roads, sandy beaches, scenic campsites and cosy pubs. Special thanks to @lcb_loves for sharing her roadsurfer road trip guide with us!