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A vibrant border market town which has maintained it’s traditional style and appearance. Full of life and intrigue there is something here for everyone from history to books – fondly named as the ‘town of books’ it is internationally famous for its second-hand bookshops, and it also has a variety of antique, gift, clothes, shoe shops and galleries which will keep everyone entertained for hours. For the food lovers there is a deli, traditional butchers selling local produce, greengroceries, sandwich shops, cafes and superb restaurants and pubs.

Brecon Beacons National Park

The Brecon Beacons National Park is a unique landscape of Old Red Sandstone peaks, open moorland, green valleys, hidden waterfalls and fern-filled gorges. It is made up of four separate ranges (from west to east) – The Black Mountains, Fforest Fawr, central Beacons and Black Mountains. An ideal starting point is to visit the National Park Visitor Centre, Libarus near Brecon (01874 623366), a wealth of information, displays, maps, routes, advice and friendly staff to assist your visit before you starting exploring this wonderful landscape.

On 19th August 2013 Brecon Beacons National Park was awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status making it the first in Wales and the fifth in the world to have this status. So make sure you benefit from this fantastic opportunity during your stay to observe the stars and the impressive dark skies.


(approximately 7 miles from Hay-on-Wye)

A small market town on the foothills of the Black Mountains which still has an active cattle market on Fridays, local independent shops, historic buildings and the recently restored Flour Mill. Definitely worth a visit is the Talgarth Mill (BBC1 Village SOS aired in August 2011) , a fully restored 18th Century working Flour Mill, a Bakery and a Riverside Cafe serving local seasonal food and drink.


(approximately 1.8 miles from Hay-on-Wye)

The historic village of Clyro, made famous by the Reverend Francis Kilvert, whose published diaries described rural late-Victorian life as curate of the parish of Clyro from 1865 to 1872. Clyro is approximately 1.8 miles from Hay crossing the River Wye.


(approximately 19 miles from Hay-on-Wye)

Nestled in the beautiful Usk Valley and lying to the South of the Eastern Range of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains is the beautiful and traditonal river side town of Crickhowell which is steeped in history. Great for a day out where you can spend hours browsing the many independent shops from Webbs Dept Store (01873 810331) kitchen, hardware and furniture shop to Nichols Dept Store (01873 810370) clothes and gift shop.

When you fancy a break head to the Court Room Cafe (07533 164077) for a delicious home cooked lunch or afternoon tea, or visit the reknown The Bear Hotel (01873 810408) which offers hearty food and fine wines and the best open fires to snuggle in front of in the winter.

As you leave on the A4o, Gliffaes Country House Hotel (01874 730371) is a must for a luxurious afternoon high tea, where you can enjoy the fantastic walks at the hotel and dogs are welcome.

If you are feeling active then there are a host of activities from Walking (i.e. Sugar Loaf hill, Canal walks), Cycling (mountain bike trails – Drovers Holidays Hay-on-wye 01497 8211134), Riding & Trekking (horse riding in the Brecon Beacons – Cwmfforest farm 01874 711398), Fishing (River Usk is well known for trout and salmon – book a beat with the Wye & Usk Foundation) and Llangorse Multi Activity Centre (offering indoor climbing, outdoor high ropes course and a Skytrek zip wire – 01874 658272). * visit CRIC (Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre – 01873 811970).

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(approximately 16 miles from Hay-on-Wye)

This charming market town is situated where the rivers Usk and Honddu meet, the latter giving the town its Welsh name ‘Aberhonddu’. Explore its historic origins by visiting Brecon Cathedral and Heritage Centre (01874 623857), The Regimental Museum (01874 613310) and Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery (01874 624121). Theatr Brycheiniog (01874 611622) and Brecon Coliseum Cinema (01874 622501) will entertain you and if you want a more active time take a stroll along the Canal Basin and tow path, hire a bike from Biped Cycles (01874 622296) or Bikes and Hires (01874 610071), a canal trip with Dragonfly Cruises (07831 685222) or a round of golf at the Brecon Golf Club (9 hole course – 01874 622004).

Brecon has a variety of places to eat from Pilgrims tearooms (outside the Cathedral) which serves fresh delicious home cooked food, Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream Bar in Bridge Street which offers a superb range of delicious flavours, and a host of Hotels and pubs. Shopping in Brecon is a pleasurable experience with it many independent stores from antique shops, booksellers, art galleries to florists and gift shops.


(approximately 27 miles from Hay-on-Wye)

Abergavenny in Monmouthshire South Wales, is a vibrant and bustling border market town nestled between the seven hills and promoted as being as the ‘Gate way to Wales’ with its excellent access to the Brecon Beacons National Park and Black Mountains. The town has lots to offer with its food and general markets held on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday which is wonderful to browse and sample the local produce and delights. It has a variety of shops with the more well known high street stores as well as an excellent array of individual shops such as gift, book, food, cookery and hardware. The Abergavenny Museum and Oriel Gilwern Gallery is well worth a visit as to is the wonderful restored cinema. A walk to Sugarloaf hill is a must so make sure you leave time to explore this special market town.

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