The area around Hay-on-Wye is rich in activities for all ages and abilities, from exploring for families to kayaking and mountain climbing. Find some suggestions here…
Canoeing on the Wye
A five-minute drive to Glasbury-on-Wye. Spend a few lazy hours drifting with the current along the Wye river from Glasbury to Hay, or for a full day Glasbury to Whitney, where the canoe is collected at the jetty just past the bridge. Do a spot of wild swimming on the way down.
www.wyevalleycanoes.co.uk Tel: 01497 847 213
www.blackmountain.co.uk Tel: 01497 847 897
Explore the Black Mountains from our doorstep by bike. Cycles for hire, purchase or repairs at Drover Cycles in Hay-on-Wye. Postcode HR3 5EH.
Tel 01497 822 419 or 07501 495 868. Visit www.drovercycles.co.uk.
Black Mountains Cycle Centre
Off road cycle centre. Ages 14 and above. Visit https://blackmountainscyclecentre.com.
Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre
Indoor climbing centre, dingle scramble, outdoor Skytrek, horse riding, multi-level challenge course on high ropes. Llangorse, 20 minutes from Hay-on-Wye. Postcode LD3 7UH.
Tel 01874 658 272. Visit www.activityuk.com.
Black Mountain Activity Centre
Climbing, abseiling, pot holing/caving, clay shooting, orienteering, archery, mountain bike hire, white water rafting, kayaking, canoe hire and all kinds of outdoor activities. Three Cocks, 5 minutes from Hay-on-Wye. Postcode LD3 0SD.
Tel 01497 847 897. Visit www.blackmountain.co.uk.
What better way to explore the spectacular countryside around the Brecon Beacons National Park than on horseback? All ages and abilities catered for.
www.activityuk.com Tel: 01874 658 272
www.tregoydriding.co.uk Tel: 01497 847 351
http://llanthonyriding.co.uk Tel: 01873 890 359
Wye Valley Walk
If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon stroll, a weekend walking break, or a two-week walking holiday then the Wye Valley Walk is well worth considering. This beautiful 136 mile (218km) trail follows the river valley from Chepstow in Monmouthshire to the slopes of Plynlimon in Powys, criss-crossing the border between England and Wales. Visit www.wyevalleywalk.org.
Offa’s Dyke Path
Offa's Dyke Path is one of twelve designated National Trails. It is the only national trail to follow a man-made feature. Built by Offa, King of Mercia in 757 to 796 AD, the dyke formed the boundary between England and Wales, running 182 miles from Prestatyn in the north to Sedbury, near Chepstow in the south. Visit www.offas-dyke.co.uk.
Brecon Beacons National Park
Some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. The park is located in mid-Wales, covering 520 square miles. It was established in 1957, under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949. The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has been awarded the British Horse Society (BHS) Access Award for the National Park most active in opening up equestrian routes. A perfect walking and riding area with spectacular scenery, wealth beautiful hills and varied wildlife.
Llanthony Priory (25 minutes from Hay) was one of the earliest houses of Augustinian canons to be founded in Britain, and is one of only a handful in Wales. It is chiefly famous today for its wild and beautiful setting, far up the Vale of Ewyas in the Black Mountains. The priory's church, built between 1180 and 1230, was one of the great medieval buildings of Wales. Entrance to the remains of the priory is free, and the pub – which is charming in itself – serves excellent refreshments.
Probably the most comfortable cinema that you will ever visit. In Hay-on-Wye, postcode HR3 5AA.
Tel 01497 822 010. Visit www.boothbooks.co.uk.
Go-Karting Hereford Raceway
Herefordshire Raceway is a 600 metre outdoor go-karting track. Near Weobley, 30 minutes from Hay-on-Wye. Postcode HR4 8QY.
Tel 01544 318 334. Visit www.herefordshireraceway.org.uk.
Brecon Leisure Centre
Swimming pool, 10-pin bowling alley, squash courts, gym, sports hall in Brecon, 20 minutes from Hay-on-Wye. Postcode LD3 9SR.
www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/brecon-leisure-centre Tel 01874 623 677
Soft play activities for children up to the age of 11. Near Brecon, 20 minutes from Hay-on-Wye. Postcode LD3 7SH. Tel 01874 623 480. Visit www.breconplaybarn.co.uk.
Burton Hotel: Cloud Nine Spa
Luxury spa and pool centre in Kington, 30 minutes from Hay-on-Wye. Postcode HR5 3BQ.
www.burtonhotel.co.uk/cloud9spa Tel 01544 230 323
National Show caves for Wales
Fabulous limestone show caves, Iron Age Village, Dinosaurs, museum, Shire horse centre, Play Barn, Café. Tel 01639 730 284. Visit www.showcaves.co.uk.
the spaceguard centre
The Spaceguard Centre is a working observatory, and the main source of information
about near Earth objects in the UK. On visits, one of the country’s leading experts will explain the structure of the solar system, why we have a problem and how we can solve it. Visit https://spaceguardcentre.com.
Brecon Mountain Railway
Starts at Taf Fechan (50 minutes from Hay). Take a trip on a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer.
Tel 01685 722 988. Visit www.bmr.wales.
Outdoor adventure activity centre offering paintballing, quad biking and shooting. Near Kingsland, 40 minutes from Hay-on-Wye, postcode HR6 9PT.
Tel 01568 780 111. Visit www.oakerwoodleisure.co.uk.
Hay Bluff is one of the Black Mountains and is just 10 minutes up the road from Penyrwrlodd. Over 100 square miles of open mountain. Great for walking, riding, cycling, geo-cahe hunting. There are many around but you could try Geocache code GC4664. Visit www.geocaching.com/play.