Hay on Wye makes a fantastic location for a whole range of sightseeing and outdoor activites.
From stunning landscapes and strolling through cultural heritage areas, to a range of adventure sports and water activities, there’s something to suit everyone.
Enjoy walking the stunning Brecon Beacons, mountain biking through the Forest of Dean, or kayaking down the Wye.
Prefer something more sedate? Visit Hay Castle, the recently restored Talgarth Mill or explore the industrial heritage of the area, including the World Heritage Centre & Ironworks at Blaenavon and Big Pit.
The River Wye meanders along the Welsh/ English border, delivering beautiful scenery, vibrant wildlife, and opportunities for a range of adventures.
The Wye Valley is criss-crossed with walking routes, there’s a huge choice of walks from easy strolls to ambitious hikes – most with breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding countryside.
Alternatively, you can take to the river itself – there are plenty of options for kayaking – whether you want a relaxing trip with a picnic, or something more energetic!
As well as some local walks in Hay, and those of the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains are just a few miles away.
At the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons Natural Park, the Black Mountains cover 80 square miles and make for a varied landscape of rolling landscapes and dramatic ridges – perfect for walking, mountain biking, and much more.
Nearby Hay Bluff is one of the highest peaks standing at 2,221ft/677m, or 4 miles south of Hay, you’ll find Lord Hereford’s Knob (or Twmpa in Welsh), which although a gentler walk, makes for magnificent views across the black mountains at its top. A little further on, you’ll find Pen Y Fan – the highest mountain in southern UK and a huge attraction for walkers.
If you’re the active type, you’ll be spoilt for choice on your stay.
The area’s famous for its hiking and Mountain Biking, with masses of paths and trails to explore.
You’ll also find plenty of opportunity for full-on adrenaline sports such as paragliding, abseiling, white water rafting and more.
And with the River Wye on your doorstep, enjoy time on (or in) the water kayaking, wild swimming, paddle boarding – or get a bit more adventurous Gorge Walking or Caving.