Hay on Wye is ideally placed for two-wheeled adventures, both on and off road. On the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is a back yard has endless trails providing world-class mountain biking. And for tarmac outings, there's the rolling countryside of Herefordshire and the Radnorshire Marches to the north of our Hay-on-Wye. To the South there are more testing ups and down, including the highest tarmac road in Wales – Gospel Pass!
In fact, for road cycling routes you’re spoilt for choice: Alpine-style switchbacks, historic monuments, award-winning pit-stops, categorised climbs and even a Tour of Britain finale – cycling in South Wales and Herefordshire has got it all!
For 11 days a year many thousands of people come from all over the UK, Europe, America and the rest of the world to join a carnival celebration of ideas and stories at the Hay Festival.
The programme of some six hundred events (including two free days for schools and a parallel programme for children and families, called HAYDAYS) takes place in the tented festival village during the spring bank holiday. Writers, politicians, poets, scientists, comedians, philosophers and musicians come together on the greenfield site to talk, eat, think, drink and be merry.
Hay (as it’s often known) would simply be a pleasant but unremarkable town if it wasn’t home to quite so many second-hand and antiquarian bookshops. Hay-on-Wye is the official National Book Town of Wales, and almost certainly has more bookshops per head of population than anywhere else in Wales! The town offers such a wonderful choice of second-hand books, from both general and specialist retailers that the local economy has benefited enormously from all the visitors who make their way from all around the UK and further afield to this Mecca for book-lovers.
Thanks to its thriving tourist industry, there are plenty of options in Haye on Wye if you’re hungry after cycling some of the beautiful countryside.
The Old Black Lion is a 17th Century Inn, where Oliver Cromwell may have stayed during the siege of Hay Castle. Today there are two dining areas, and the inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner using fresh locally-sourced ingredients.
The Three Tuns Restaurant and Bar dates back to the 16th Century. Today it offers a frequently changing menu of Brunch and Lunch dishes, Main Meals as well as Bar Favourites, Ciabatas and Pizzas all prepared on the premises. Dishes include organic vegetables from Primrose Farm Felindre, Cheeses from Dorstone and Ice Cream from Llanfaes Dairies in Brecon.
Why not grab one of our cycling holidays and enjoy the rest of the Wye Valley over a few days or a week.
Looking to cycle along the forest trails or roads in and around the Wye Valley?
Visiting the area for a day or short break and would like to explore the valley with a cycling guide?
A complete package, including accommodation, along with guided rides and option of bike rental.
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