Blogs from Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye June 10th 2014

Excursion to Hay-on-Wye On 12th May, we got up slightly early to catch the 10:05 bus for Hay-on-Wye. The bus was running through lovely countryside and picturesque villages. We got off on the Castle Street near Hay Castle. Hay-on-Wye is officially a town in Wales − there were bilingual signs at many places in the town. We picked up and bought the information leaflets, e.g. the map of the bookshops, the map of historical spots, at the tourist information centre. As it was sunny and pleasant, I suggested we would do walking in the morning. We started the Wye Valley Walk/Bailey Walk (the old railway line route) around Bridge Street. There were two or three footpaths along the river and they allowed walkers to see lovely views of the river. As we had heard, Hay-on-Wye is ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye August 15th 2012

Hola a todos! Ya cumplí mis dos semanas en la granja “nueva”, Primrose Earth Centre, la cual se encuentra en el oeste de Gales en las faldas de las Black Mountains (Montanas Negras). Primrose Earth Centre es completamente diferente a Abbey Home Farm, donde estaba anteriormente. Mis primera impresión era “que desorden!” seguido por “pero que hay aquí – que caminito tan interesante – donde va?”. Es que envés de un campo abierto dividido en parcelas, como era el caso en Abbey Home Farm – todo super ordenado y “en su sitio”, me encontré en un red enredado de caminitos que undulaban entre parcelas pequeñas repletas de hortalizas, escondidas entre arboles y arbustos llenos de frutos y con flores por todos lados. Andando por uno de estos caminitos me conseguí con un bosquecillo con arboles de ... read more
La entrada

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye June 30th 2011

Thursday is market day in Hay-on-Wye so we decided to head off to explore this picturesque village that lies on the Welsh side of the Welsh/English Border in the County of Powys. The market is very traditional and is held every Thursday in the Memorial Square, the Butter Market and around the Town Clock, from 8am to mid-afternoon. Hay-on-Wye is also well known for its second-hand book trade so we spent an enjoyable couple of hours browsing through the market stalls and the multitude of book stores. From Hay-on-Wye the plan was to drive over Hay Bluff and Lord Hereford's Knob and then along the Honddu Valley to Llanthony Priory. We programmed the SatNav for Llanthony and headed off up a single track road with hedgerows on either side. We had hardly left town when we ... read more
Watching the world go by
Thursday Market, Hay-on-Wye

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye August 5th 2010

Hi Friends and Family, Its time to go horse-riding. Yeah, you heard me! It HAS been a while. The last time I did a horse trek was in 2001. In the Dominican Republic. With a couple of local cowboys! I don’t have any pictures though ‘cos during the gentle trot, my horse decided to gallop away into the sunset. I was sooooo SCARED and unfortunately, my constant kicking at the heels only made the horse go faster. Oh my goodness. Well, I lived to tell the tale but have no video recollections and definitely no photos of the event. Cue 2010. This time, it was gonna be different. This time I booked with a respectable riding establishment recommended by the Brecon Beacons National Park. I chose LLANTHONY RIDING AND TREKKING. Based at Court Farm next ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye March 11th 2009

After riding bicycles I thought it best to stay grounded and relax for a while. Luckily I went to the perfect place to relax. When my mom was in England when she was younger, she lived with Juliet and her family. Well now Juliet has a family of her own and I got to visit them. It was the second time I had met them, but it felt as though we’d known each other forever. It was great to be in a family setting, because it really felt like home to me. John, Juliet, and their son Oli, were extremely inviting and caring, and were so kind to me, even though I was nearly a stranger in their home. They fixed me home-made meals, gave me anything and everything I needed, and showed me around their ... read more
One of the many bookstores
Fields like a patchwork quilt
Portmeirion from the shore

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye June 15th 2008

Day 16 Gospel Pass - Hay - Kington - Presteigne - Knighton 33miles (475) Another bright day with a lift to the top of the pass to start with an easy down hill run. Five and a half miles in fact down to Hay covered in about 20 minutes! After a quick look around Hay I cycled on along the Wye valley for a few miles to cross the toll bridge. A canoeing group were enjoying the river under the rather rickety old wooden bridge. After a short piece of main road I climbed up the minor roads for the scenic route over to Kington coming down from the hill with good views of the Hergest ridge. Good views of dipper, grey wagtail and kingfisher in the river where I stopped for a brew. Kington ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye May 17th 2008

Before heading off to Hay-on-Wye, Chris insisted that we visit the famous Hereford Cathedral. We were not allowed to take photos, but I was able to see the Mappa Mundi and a chained library. Drawn up around 1290, the Mappa Mundi is a map of England on a very old sheet of vellum. It shows how early British peoples saw the land in both geographical and spiritual terms. The chained library was an interesting example of how early libraries prevented their books from being stolen. The books were literally chained to the shelf and in order to read them, you would have to sit right in front of the shelf with your book. As I'm starting to learn with special collections, the shelving system was one all its own. I did get a little thrill when ... read more
The ominous gothic doorway
The Spread Eagle
The hills behind the town of Hay-on-Wye

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye August 11th 2007

I've always said that when my fiance and I combine households, we are going to drown in books. Today I worked hard to contribute to our impending deaths by book avalanche. With my recent trip to Scotland and my adventures in England, I decided to go for the hat trick and go to Wales. Barely. My destination was Hay-on-Wye, just over the border. Hay-on-Wye, or "Ham-on-Rye" as a friend suggested to me, began to build its bookish reputation when a London bookseller relocated to just over the Wales border, where the taxes and overhead costs were lower. Book buyers started making the trip, so other book sellers went to where the book buyers were, which were followed by more book buyers... and you get the idea. It snowballed. If you want a list of the bookshops, ... read more
Welsh looks funny!!
Murder and Mayhem
Dick Tracy in Murder and Mayhem

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye October 23rd 2006

Hay-on-Wye is a small town laid on the east of Wales, it is renowned in cheap secondhand books from as low as 50p. At there, you can hunt your treasures in clutters and you may be able to discover the oldest books in Britain. ... read more
Books selling in open space

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