Driving in Wales
Driving in Wales should be essentially no different to driving in England, with all of the same rules and speed limits in place. There are however some things to note that could have an impact on your road trip in Wales – involving poor weather, animals and unreliable technology.
The weather in Wales is notoriously wet and windy, and in fact the country is renowned for taking the brunt of a lot of the rain that falls in the UK. Due to the position of the jet stream (a zone of fast moving winds flowing around the globe), the shape of the coastline and the vast mountainous landscape of the country, there’s a lot of wind, and a lot of rain. On average, there’s almost 150 days of rain a year so it’s worthwhile taking a little more caution when driving in wet weather.
Another thing to consider are animals. Much of the rural countryside is dominated by farmland and woodland, which means you may run into sheep or deer on the road. Remaining patient and waiting for the animals to move out of the way is key. There may also be horse riders on the roads.
Preparing for poor SatNav and GPS coverage is also a good idea. It’s improving, but coverage is notoriously unreliable in areas of Wales and finding your way around could cause an issue. They are a little outdated – but keep a map nearby just in case.
Family-friendly Road Trips in Wales
There are some great experiences to be had on a family-friendly road trip in Wales, and especially so if you can balance between enjoying the gorgeous coastline and the welcoming hospitality of some of the smaller villages dotted around the country.
From scenic road trips in Wales to options for adventurers and foodies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We’ve prepared a list of the best-of-the-best for you to peruse.
The Coastal Way – approx. 180 Miles