Here’s a round-up of some great social walks to escape into the countryside at the Hay-on-Wye Walking Festival…
This weekend sees the greatest and best autumn walking festival (possibly the whole world) take place! What is your weekend plan? If you have no plans than how about hitting the Hay-on-Wye walking festival this weekend and doing something rewarding and fun…
The gateway into Hay-on-Wye from South Wales and beyond is often through the Llanthony valley and over the Black Mountains. The priory is one of the most iconic ruined abbeys in the UK. We’d strongly recommend this hike, because of the outstanding views and sense of place.
Length: 7.4 miles Times: 10:00-16:30
Description: It’s a linear walk from the historic Llanthony Priory up onto Offa’s Dyke Path, via a steep climb, and along the Hatterall Ridge back to Hay Bluff and the car park. Minibus transportation from Hay Bluff Car Park to Llanthony. Price includes transport.
Part of the walk goes through a fascinating nature reserve that was an ancient site of a 12th century motte & baily castle. Participants can discover some of the oldest trees in Radnorshire and enjoy some beautiful woodland.
Length: 4 Miles Times: 13:45-16:45
Description: A circular walk with one steep climb out of Clyro along the road to visit the Radnor Wildlife Trust site of Cwm Byddog where there are some beautiful ancient oak trees. The management of this site will be covered.
The Brecon Beacons is a haven for an abundance of wild birds. Take a hike to one of the most picturesque lakes in Wales and enjoy a spot of bird watching.
Length: 4 miles Times: 07:00
Description: Early morning walk around Llangors Lake. Bring your binoculars to go bird watching. Optional breakfast at The Castle Inn, Llangors at the end of the walk, £5.00 per person.
A challenging walk that is also likely to be one of the most fulfilling aswell. Discover a walking route that offers some unique sights and a contrast of terrain. The views of the Wye Valley are also phenomenal.
Length: 15.00 miles Times: 09:30-17:00
Description: An all-day outing taking in the Wye Valley and the lesser-known hills to the north. The route starts from Hay-on-Wye and goes across towards Clyro before climbing onto the Begwns, with great views over the valley and the Brecon Beacons beyond. The route finishes through woodland back into the Wye Valley to finish at Erwood Station Craft Centre (tea/coffee and cake available). Return to Hay-on-Wye by minibus, cost included in the price.
This walk encourages participants to celebrate the incredible and beautiful Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal to the full. We love the sound of a 45 mile walk and bike ride and can’t think of a better thing to do on a Sunday!
Length: 45 Miles Times: 09:30-16:00
Description: 2012 sees the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal celebrate its 200th anniversary. Join us on a guided bike trip along the back roads from Hay-on-Wye to Talybont-on-Usk where we’ll stop for lunch (buy or eat a packed lunch) before riding home via Brecon. Bring your own bike or hire one from Drover Holidays at £7.50.