Road trip - oldbloke's mutterings
We nipped down to Cardiff for a couple of days.
Monday, checked various traffic report sources before setting off, no bad news about the motorways, so headed over the 62 towards the 6.
Thelwall viaduct busy, but not awful, then very slow approaching Knutsford junction, but it always is, but then it got no better. And a certain young man suddenly wanted a wee, and we were coming up to an exit, so...
We switched to going down the A49.
Northwich, Tarporley, Whithurch, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford, then in to Newport and on to Cardiff.
Took a while, but likely not much longer than the motorway would have, and as it was raining much of the way, much less stressful - people are a bit mad in the rain on motorways. and we got to see some scenery.
So which way to come back on Wednesday?
We weren't in a big rush, the M6 is just no fun anymore, so we chose the A483.
Well, the 470 to Merthyr and Brecon, but then the 483 up through Llandrindod, Newtown, Welshpool, Oswestry, Wrexham, then up to Chester and home on the M56 sio we could stop at Oldham to get Monopoly for the Wii.
Great road, the 483. Good surface all the way, great scenery, not too many slowdowns for towns and villages.
Recommended, anytime you need to cross Wales vertically.
Also, we did the whole trip on one tank of fuel. It's a big tank, mind. Not sure why I bought a car that only does 35mpg.
And, Cardiff seems like quite a nice place. Who knew!??!?!
We've used the A483 a few times when going to North Wales from Surrey (M40-M42-M54-A5-A483-A55).It's a much prettier alternative to the M6. I was planning to go that way on Tuesday when driving from my sister's house in Birmingham to my parents on Anglesey. Paul was navigating and suggested a different route that would bring us out at St. Asaph. He chose the A542; otherwise known as the Horseshoe Pass. It was fine - we weren't in a hurry and at 7pm on a sunny evening, it was a lovely drive.
We came home along the A5 to Llangollen, then the A525 across country to Whitchurch. I missed the turning so we ended up going north to Nantwich and picking up the A500 there instead of in Stoke. We almost made it on one fuel tank, added 10L at Stoke just be on the safe side, I didn't fancy running out on the M1!
|Date:||April 14th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)|| |
I mentioned the 483 on Facebook, and somebody suggested a top10 A roads. Sounds like you could contribute to that!
I use the motorways when I have to, but if I can use an alternative I will. Yesterday's route was chosen because I wanted to go down the A5 (better scenery than the A55) but didn't want to do the M6 around Birmingham at 5pm on a Friday.
|Date:||April 18th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)|| |
The A40 west of Brecon.
My mum's not too keen on motorways so we use the A483 when she travels down to visit family in Carmarthen. Being able to stop off at a village cafe for a cuppa and a chance to stretch your legs is a lot nicer than the overpriced school dinners of a motorway service station. One of the first times we drove that way I was navigating, which was generally pretty easy apart from when my mum asked the name of the mid-Wales village that were were travelling through. It had something like 9 letters, most of which were things like ll and cwm, so I couldn't really pronounce it.
|Date:||April 18th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)|| |
Trallwng by any chance? Also known as Welshpool.
There are also Llanfair ym Muallt (Builth Wells) and Croesoswallt (Oswestry), although the latter is north rather than mid Wales.
My car does 40 mpg, but I'm actively considering whether I can afford to trade it in and get a new Corsa that will do around 75 mpg. I don't actually need a massive estate car any more (although I'd miss the space) and with the amount of work mileage I'm doing at the moment, halving my fuel costs would help pay for the car.
But I'm skint and some kindly soul recently remodelled the nearside front wing - most likely in the college carp ark, which reduces the trade in value.
Another couple of years should see electric or electrohybrids making sense for many people rather than just niche markets
|Date:||April 16th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)|| |
My car does 40mpg and it's a 2010 Corsa. Not that impressed, but there doesn't seem to be anything actually wrong with it.
|Date:||April 18th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)|| |
Cardiff *is* a nice place! And you didn't tell us you were coming! Next time you're visiting, let us know. You'd all love St Fagans (or did you go there?), and we love taking people there. Also, not in Cardiff but about an hour's drive away towards Chepstow, is the marvellous Dewstow Gardens with its underground grottoes. Heaven for children of all ages!
The A483 is a lovely road, and if I have the time it's definitely my preferred route from one end of Wales to t'other. Stop off in Llan'dod if you have time, and when you've explored the woodland and lake areas have a bit of superb food (they can probably do gluten free) in the eatery - whose name I've forgotten - just down from the station in the road with the cyle shop on the corner.
You were very close to a few more Sheddi on your journey, by the way: Marc and Ruth are near Tarporley; Pedt's not so very far from Wrexham despite having moved, and Mel is in Poynton.
We were only there one full day, which was used at the castle and with rellies (point of the trip)