Cultural and Heritage Tour
The Wales Way is a family of three national routes that lead visitors along the west coast, across North Wales, and through Wales' mountainous heartland. The routes highlight unmissable attractions and uniquely Welsh experiences along the way: natural wonders, landmarks, towns, galleries and museums.
You're guaranteed to find inspiration and culture with this cost-effective, multi-experience break in one of our award-winning campervans - where accommodation and transport is conveniently rolled in to one!
Tailor your tour
The Coastal Way
It's a little under a four hour trip to the further point in the Coastal Way - we suggest you start from the furthest part so you can start your Coastal Way journey off at Aberdaron – a pretty fishing village that sits on the western top of the Llŷn Peninsula. Aberdaron offers a mile-long stretch of sandy bay. The Llŷn Peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Learn more about the area at Aberdaron’s Porth y Swnt Visitor Centre.
Visit Plas Glyn y Weddw at Llanbedrog – a Victorian mansion which houses a gallery with a collection of contemporary art. Wander the grounds for an outstanding view of the area.
To experience ‘getting away from it all’, head to Porth lago, a secluded bay that is sheltered by grassy headlands.
From Aberdaron, you can take a boat trip from Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) where it is possible to see puffins in the skies as well as seals around the rocks.
CRICCIETH & PORTMEIRION
(Route without detour about 22 miles/35km)
Criccieth is a charming Victorian resort. Here, find Criccieth Castle and its visitor centre that tells the story of serious conflict.
The village of Portmeirion is a must-visit. Portmeirion is a unique Italianate village created in the late 20th century, by visionary architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is perched on the banks of Dwyryd estuary. Enjoy its architectural heritage, its stunning setting and sub-tropical gardens at one of Wales’ premier visitor attractions. Spend the day wandering around this lovely town with numerous photo opportunities.
CARDIGAN BAY: HARLECH, BARMOUTH & ABERDYFI
(Route without detour about 46 miles/74km)
The journey from Portmeirion to Harlech Castle takes you through the Snowdonia National Park which is renowned for its rugged mountain scenery. If you are travelling on a clear day, you may see the peal of mount Snowdon – the highest mountain in England and Wales.
Stop at Harlech Castle, which is perched on a rock overlooking the coast. The Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Status. See the weaponry exhibition and discover the history at the visitor centre.
Take the 10-mile drive down to Barmouth. The town overlooks Cardigan Bay, the southern part of Snowdonia. There are plenty of things to enjoy in the outdoors here, such as walking, cycling, paddleboarding, kayaking and enjoying the beach. The Heritage Trail and two museums here, tell Barmouth’s history.
To stretch your legs, take a walk across the old wooden railway bridge spanning the estuary. There is a short, steep walk to Dinas Oleu on the headland above the town. This became the National Trust’s first acquisition.
Head north on the cliff-hugging coast road to the Mawddach Estuary, where mountains tumble into the sea, taking the historic wooden toll bridge across the water at Penmaenpool.
Drive around an hour further along the coast to Aberdyfi (Aberdovey) - a small fishing town with walks along the beach and views along Cardigan Bay. The big sandy beach is perfect for windsurfing and wildlife watching.
ABERYSTWYTH & NEW QUAY
(Route without detour about 50 miles/80km)
Continue along the coast to and stop at Aberystwyth. Here you can enjoy Aberystwyth's North Beach and seafront which is a focal point of the town and take a stroll along the Pier at the southern end of the North Beach.
The National Library of Wales is located in Aberystwyth and it houses a wealth of literature and manuscripts, images, collections and can help tracing Welsh ancestors. Enjoy stunning views of the town and bay from here or explore further with a ride on the Victorian era Electric Cliff Railway with a 778 foot track and tilted carriages.
If train tracks are your thing - the Vale of Rheidol Railway travels nearly 12 miles through the countryside to Devils Bridge for a walk to the waterfalls.
Or if you prefer a stroll around a 'Regency' town and a National Trust Property - Llanerchaeron, follow the coast further south to Aberaeron for the lunch or an afternoon stroll. A pretty 19th century town and with multi coloured houses and attractive harbour - it is famous for it’s honey ice cream and a good location for a lunch stop. Nearby, Llanerchaeron is an elegant Georgian villa located in the Aeron valley. The estate includes a farm, walled gardens and lake, designed by John Nash whose works later included London’s Regent Street and Buckingham Palace.
The last stop of the day - drive to New Quay a little further along the coast and enjoy the views once enjoyed by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas here. Take a walk along the Dylan Thomas Trail - a well marked path from New Quay along the cliff towards Cwmtudu. You will be able to see views stretching to the beginning of the route: Cardigan Bay, the Lleyn Peninsula and Bardsey Island.
Trips to see the pod of dolphins are also popular.
Cwmtydu is a secluded cove, once a harbour used as a traditional smugglers’ hideaway, which is an important breeding ground for dolphins. (In breeding season, you’ll still be able to see the pubs but not access the beach). Here you can book a dolphin spotting trip!
PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK & ST DAVIDS
(Route without detour about 60 miles/96km)
Explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - with lots of options for walks along the coast with spectacular landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded estuaries and wild hills, and a place of sanctuary for wildlife.
Visit St Davids, the smallest city in Britain with a stunning cathedral. In medieval times it was an important centre for pilgrimages, in fact 3 pilgrimages to St Davids was the equivalent of one to The Holy Land. Today it is a favourite location of artists, travellers, pilgrims and surfers. The smallest city in Wales, St Davids is home to some 200 listed buildings. David, the patron saint of Wales established his community alongside the River Alun in the 6th century. There is no shortage of atmospheric pubs and eateries in St Davids and its neighbouring villages. The route includes paved and natural footpaths, quiet lanes, and bridleways and minor road walking. This is a stile-free route, so ideal for visitors with pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Oriel y Parc Gallery & National Park Visitor Centre houses a Class A Gallery displaying works of art from the National Museum Wales collection including works by Graham Sutherland.
Take a wildlife spotting trip to Ramsey Island, look out for puffins, seals and of course the stunning coastal scenery. For the more adventurous, have a go at coasteering a sport invented in Wales, that involves walking and scrambling along the coastline until you have to jump into the sea! Or take a walk along the Wales Coast Path - it is particularly stunning around here.
Thousand Island Expeditions provide exciting 1 hr jet boat trips around Ramsey Island. Fast currents, sea caves, seabirds and wildlife.
Take a short stroll around nearby Solva a picture-perfect fishing village with its charming high street with cafes, craft shops and galleries.
TENBY & THE GOWER PENINSULAR
(Route without detour about 78 miles/ 125km)
Tenby is a small seaside town, the Tudor Merchant's House is a testament to the town’s historic past as well as the sight of the iconic pastel coloured Victorian houses that surround the quayside and it even has four glorious beaches too! Sea Fishing Tenby is located opposite the harbourmasters building. The company has three high quality boats, offering a varied fishing experience. The waters off Tenby are prime fishing grounds.
Check to see that the road is open and if so, visit the tiny St Govan’s Chapel near Bosherton. This tiny hermit’s cell is nestled between the steep cliffs. Count the steps down and up again - legend has it that the number is never the same!
Or continue to The Gower Peninsular, and enjoy a 3 mile walk along Rhossili Bay (and back via the cliffs behind) it has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Europe. At low tide, visitors can see the Helvetia shipwreck dating from 1887.
Continue eastwards to Swansea and visit the National Waterfront Museum - it celebrates Welsh history, culture and achievement tells the story of Wales' industrial and maritime heritage and its role in shaping today's economy and society.
Add a detour: There is a Dark Sky Discovery Site at Stackpole Estate, Pembrokeshire,before you reach Tenby. The National Trust own his stretch of coastline along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. As a discovery site, the beach at Broadhaven South, the Stackpole Centre runs stargazing nights in a mobile planetarium.
CARDIFF, CAPITAL CITY
(Route without detour about 56 miles/90km)
Continue to the Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, it’s waterfront has been enjoying a revival over recent years. Originally a port for the major 19th century coal industry, today Cardiff Bay as a wide choice of restaurants and shops too. The Wales Millennium Centre - the international performing arts centre for Wales and is home to Welsh National Opera and often stages many ‘West End’ shows.
The Royal Mint at Llantrisant makes a great trip en-route – to learn about how coins are made. They supply coins to 100 countries – see which countries they are!
If you have time and want to finish on an adrenaline high - add one of the activities below.
Add an adventure activity: Enjoy water sport at Cardiff International White Water, Cardiff Bay.
Choose from White Water Rafting, Indoor Surfing, Air Trail, Hot Dogging, Gorge Scrambling, River Boarding, Paddleboarding, Canoeing and Kayaking. Or Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre is located on a Welsh hill farm near Cardiff, offering outdoor activities such as quad biking, assault course, archery, laser shooting and clay pigeon shooting.
Wanderlust HQ is around 60 miles / 96 km from Cardiff.
The following meet and return journeys are included within the tour rate (max 4 pax)
By air: Birmingham Airport is located 7 miles from Birmingham and has great accessible transport links, including the train to Birmingham New Street for onward connections. Birmingham Airport is the seventh-busiest airport in the UK by passenger traffic.
Offering a huge amount of direct services across Europe and beyond. The major international hubs of Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Dublin are all served via flights from Birmingham Airport and operating airlines include Air France, Blue Air, British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet 2, KLM, Lufthansa and SAS.
By train: We will meet you at Cardiff Train Station, Birmingham International Train Station or or Gloucester Train station with the campervan for your onward journey
NB. Meet and drop by prior arrangement and subject to availability - between 09:00-19:00 at the specified options. Other options may be possible for an extra fee, please ask. Note standard check in from 16:00 and check out 11:00.
LONDON TO BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL - BY TRAIN: FROM 1 HOUR 10 MINS
LONDON TO WORCESTER - BY TRAIN: FROM 2 HOUR 5 MINS
LONDON TO GLOUCESTER - BY TRAIN: FROM 1 HR 53 MINS