Hay On Wye – The Town of Book

Pick up a holiday read

The town of Hay on Wye is a stone’s throw from the campsite. Situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Hay on Wye is famous as the town of books, and for the annual Hay Festival. But Hay on Wye is also an excellent holiday base for serious walking with two national trails, the Offa’s Dyke path and the Wye Valley trail passing through the town, and the protected countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park on it’s doorstep.

In the 1960s, a young man, Richard Booth, bought Hay castle and declared the town an independent state with him as king. With his cardboard crown, and a sceptre made from a ballcock, he set out to put the town on the map. Improbably, he succeeded. He made Hay on Wye world famous as ‘the town of books’.

Today Hay-on-Wye – or Y Gelli Gandryll as it is known in the Welsh language – is friendly, lively and vibrant and, unsurprisingly for a town with such individuality and literary associations, is twinned with Timbuktu, which itself has the oldest Islamic library in the world.

Magnificent Mountain Biking and More

Would you like an adventure?

When it comes to outdoor adventures you’re spoilt for choice in the Welsh Borders. The stunning natural backdrops of Herefordshire and the Brecon Beacons National Park are not fenced off preserves, but living, working landscapes which will bring out your adventurous sides. There are masses of paths and trails for walkers, runners, cyclists, mountain bikers, horse riders and wildlife-watchers. There is a brilliant range of organised activities on offer, from gentle recreational pursuits like photography to full-on adrenaline sports such as paragliding, rafting and abseiling.

Fantastic Food and Drink

Feeling hungry?

From gourmet restaurants with their own cottage gardens to cosy pubs serving local Welsh lamb for Sunday lunch, Hay on Wye and the surrounding area have plenty of fine eating places to tempt you. The traditional Welsh breakfasts are legendary. Gorgeous cafés and tea shops are enough to make you sigh with happiness. And you’ll find some wonderful goodies for family picnics and gifts at the delis, food festivals and farmers’ markets. Feeling hungry yet?

Brecon Beacons National Park

Different Days Out

People have lived and worked in the Brecon Beacons for nearly 8000 years. With each passing century, different communities have left their mark on the landscape. Together, our monuments, settlements, churches, castles, canals, industrial sites and museums speak of times gone by. Today, the story continues. Our hills, lakes, caves, forests and waterfalls are fascinating to explore on holiday, and there’s much to discover in our characterful towns and villages. Why not dive in?

For more holiday ideas and information on interesting days in out in Hay on Wye read our things to do blog, check out the following websites or give us a call.

Brecon Beacon Tourism

Visit Wales

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