The beautiful and historic town of Hay-on-Wye sits aside the River Wye at the northern end of the Brecon Beacons on the border between Wales and England. This makes Hay a perfect place to book a holiday let from which to explore the Welsh border country – a land of mountains, idyllic countryside and ancient stone castles.
Hay-on-Wye is perhaps best known as the ‘Town of Books’, There are bookshops to be found in just about every town centre street while the Hay Book Festival held in the town every May is by common consent, the best of its kind in the UK.
Aside from the world famous book festival the town plays host to a regular programme of festivals and events. Those seeking a pre-Christmas break should book a holiday home for the last weekend in November to enjoy the combined Winter Food Festival and the Hay Festival Winter Weekend.
The Birches Holiday cottage nestled beneath the Black Mountains is the perfect rural retreat to enjoy spectacular scenery, Hay-On-Wye literature festival, hill walking, paragliding, horse riding and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Pets welcome.
Lundy Lodge nestles within the north-eastern tip of Brecon Beacons National Park on the Welsh side of the border with Herefordshire. A pet-friendly cottage on the outskirts of Hay-on-Wye, it features vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, underfloor heating and hot tub.
The most notable landmark in Hay is the ruined castle dating from the 13th Century and knocked about a bit over the centuries. There’s a second castle in the town built in Norman times or which some ruins also remain.
Aside from the world famous book festival, the town plays host to a regular programme of festivals and events. Those seeking a pre-Christmas break should book a holiday cottage for the last weekend in November to enjoy the combined Winter Food Festival and the Hay Festival Winter Weekend. Other notable nearby festivals include the Brecon Jazz Festival and the Prestigne Festival of classical music.
There’s plenty for visitors to do and see in Hay-on-Wye. Canoe down the river from Glasbury-on-Wye or fish on the River Wye, generally acknowledged as one of the finest salmon and coarse fishing rivers in Engalnd and Wales.
There are also some lovely walks within the town including the short 1.5 mile Bailey Walk which follows the bank of the Wye offers some lovely picnic spots. Walk, swim or just stretch out on the River Bank for a leisurely afternoon in the sun.
Wander further afield and visitors can lose themselves in the Black Mountains or Radnorshire’s green hills, making the place a mecca for self catering walking and mountain biking holidays.
Visit the attractive 13th Century ruins of nearby Llanthony Priory or just put on your walking boots and head for the hills – the Brecon Beacons National Park which embraces the Black Mountains are right on the town’s doorstep. The Offa’s Dyke footpath also passes close to Wye.