20 days in England & Snowdonia National Park Itinerary

20 days in England & Snowdonia National Park Itinerary

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20 days in England & Snowdonia National Park Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Train:  27 h
1
Penrith
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Ambleside
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Windermere
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Chester
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Dolgellau
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Poole
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
7
Fordingbridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
London
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Penrith

Penrith ©
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Take a break from Penrith with a short trip to Buttermere Lake in Buttermere, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hallin Fell, trek along Central Fells, contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, and head outdoors with Greystoke Outdoor Pool.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Penrith route maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Penrith is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for much colder days in Penrith, with highs around 12°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ambleside.

Things to do in Penrith

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keswick, Cockermouth, Aira Force, Greystoke Outdoor Pool, Central Fells
Highlights from your plan
Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk
Buttermere Lake ©
Buttermere Lake
Hallin Fell ©
Hallin Fell

3
nights
Ambleside

Ambleside ©
Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ambleside: Alpacaly Ever After (in Portinscale) and Buttermere (Crummock Water & Scale Force). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Helvellyn, trek along Old Man of Coniston, have fun and explore at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Loughrigg Fell.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ambleside trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Penrith to Ambleside in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Windermere.

Things to do in Ambleside

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Grasmere, Cockermouth, Alpacaly Ever After, Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn
Highlights from your plan
Alpacaly Ever After ©
Alpacaly Ever After
Helvellyn
Helvellyn
Old Man of Coniston ©
Old Man of Coniston

2
nights
Windermere

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the activities along Newby Bridge Weir, then enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, then look for all kinds of wild species at Predator Experience Ltd, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Windermere. On the next day, stroll through Sea to Sea (C2C), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stroll around Fell Foot Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Windermere route builder site .

Getting from Ambleside to Windermere by car takes about an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chester.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Newby Bridge, Predator Experience Ltd
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Predator Experience Ltd ©
Predator Experience Ltd
Michael Coates Clay Shooting ©
Michael Coates Clay Shooting
Sea to Sea (C2C)
Sea to Sea (C2C)

2
nights
Chester

Chester is a walled city in Cheshire, England, on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. On the 16th (Thu), get outside with Colwyn Bay to Llandudno, then look for all kinds of wild species at Adventure Trail, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): experience rural life at Manorafon Farm Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Nercwys Forest, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Maes-y-Pant / Marford Quarry.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chester tour website .

You can drive from Windermere to Chester in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Chester are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dolgellau.

Things to do in Chester

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Abergele, Nercwys Forest, Maes-y-Pant / Marford Quarry, Colwyn Bay to Llandudno
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Manorafon Farm Park ©
Manorafon Farm Park
Nercwys Forest ©
Nercwys Forest

2
nights
Dolgellau

Dolgellau ©
Dolgellau is a market town in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, lying on the River Wnion, a tributary of the River Mawddach. On the 18th (Sat), head outdoors with Dragon Raiders Activity Park, then trek along The Mawddach Trail, and then explore the activities along Talyllyn Lake. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cader Idris and then kick back and relax at Aberdyfi Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dolgellau tour planning site .

Drive from Chester to Dolgellau in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Poole.

Things to do in Dolgellau

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aberdyfi Beach, Talyllyn Lake, Dragon Raiders Activity Park
Highlights from your plan
Cader Idris ©
Cader Idris
Dragon Raiders Activity Park ©
Dragon Raiders Activity Park
The Mawddach Trail ©
The Mawddach Trail

1
night
Poole

Poole ©
Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. On the 20th (Mon), head outdoors with Aquatic Jetpacks, stroll around Hamworthy Park, and then get outside with Fore/Adventure.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Poole trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Dolgellau to Poole by car takes about 5.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fordingbridge.

Things to do in Poole

Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Fore/Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Fore/Adventure ©
Fore/Adventure
Aquatic Jetpacks ©
Aquatic Jetpacks
Hamworthy Park ©
Hamworthy Park

1
night
Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge ©
Fordingbridge is a town and civil parish with a population of 6,000 on the River Avon in the New Forest District of Hampshire, England, near to the Dorset and Wiltshire borders and on the edge of the New Forest. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to St Mary, Breamore, then sample the tasty concoctions at Ringwood Brewery, and then get your game on at Insight Activities.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fordingbridge online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Poole to Fordingbridge takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Fordingbridge

Fun & Games Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ringwood Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Insight Activities ©
Insight Activities
Ringwood Brewery ©
Ringwood Brewery
St Mary, Breamore ©
St Mary, Breamore

4
nights
London

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Take a break from London with a short trip to Cotswold Archery in Moreton-in-Marsh, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and stroll around St. James's Park.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our London trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Fordingbridge to London takes 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Cotswold Archery
Highlights from your plan
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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