Thanks for the info on Snowdonia, GarryRF. Sounds like just the place I'd like to be heading towards the end of my stay in Liverpool, to clear my head a little in nautre after all that history and culture I'll be absorbing.
Trip planning is coming along fine. I think I've got most everything I squared away right now that needs doing, and need to focus on completing my last months of university and my thesis.
Will post again if I have any questions before I go and will give some feedback when I get back from the trip. Thanks everyone! Don't have tons of time to visit this website, but it's got a lot of interesting stuff on it. I need to get into it more when I've more free time.