A friend and I are planning a trip to Wales (we're both in the UK). The only thing she really wants to do is go to Snowdonia and do a bit of hiking, and the only thing I really want to do is go to
, the town where my grandmother grew up. We also might want to visit a castle. How can we do this, without a car?
So, we're planning this trip for next weekend-ish (around the 10th through the 14th). Right now, my rough plan is for us to take the train from London to Milford Haven, where a family friend can put us up for a night and show me around the town a bit. We also have a friend who has done a bit of hiking in Snowdonia and who can give us some advice for the actual hiking portion of that leg of the trip.
My main question is how to get from Milford Haven to Snowdonia using buses and trains- I found this site
, which has a really good journey planner, but I'm not really sure what town in Snowdonia will give us the best access to hiking. We're planning tentatively on doing the easy version of the hike outlined here
. We both have a bit of hiking experience and are in pretty good shape.
I also kind of want to see a Welsh castle while we're there. The older, the better, and I'd kind of prefer a semi-ruin you can explore rather than one that's been updated and added to over the centuries to the point that it's more like a country house. This could be close to either Milford Haven or Snowdonia or somewhere in between- right now I'm vaguely leaning toward this one
simply because it's near Milford Haven and open on Sundays.
Advice on places to spend the night would also be good, keeping in mind that we're students and would like to spend as little as possible. If you have advice on can't-miss stuff that's roughly on our route, that would also be great.