Hay-on-wyeMay 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C
Ziet er toch goed uit.
Ziet er toch goed uit.
Before going to Sedburgh I wasn't that fussed about going to Hay-on-Wye. There are many things that would be nice to do had I unlimited time.
However being so close and nothing else planned between Roth and Cardiff, why not?
It would be too simple to go straight there so I went via The Brecon Beacons. The scenery wasn't as spectacular as some I've seen this trip but it was still a nice drive.
I said something yesterday about random pubs serving good food? I found the exception to the rule today. Nothing on the menu appealed so I went with the carvery. Big mistake, although the seasoning was nice.
Hay-on-Wye is a cute little town. It has a lot of antique shops and other independent shops.
(For those who aren't aware Hay-on-Wye is the original book town. It has over 20 second hand book shops).
I wasn't really expecting to buy much as I have heard the books I am interested in can be quite expensive. This was true in the two specialist children's bookshops. I'm both they had dust jacketed Chalet School books behind glass that I only looked at through the glass. The CS books on the shelves ranged £25 to £80 so imagine what the expensive ones must have been.
I did find some good buys though and I enjoyed walking through the town.
I wasn't impressed with the public toilet though. If I'm going to pay 20p to use the toilet I expect a toilet seat. Thank goodness for wet wipes.
From Hay-on-Wye I made my way to Hereford where I found Elinor Brent-Dyer's house, where she ran a school and lived for many years. it was getting dark by then but I did manage a couple of photos.
The drive to Cardiff was in the dark. There are no street lights but enough cars that you can't use high beam but not enough to not need high beam. I'm staying in the city by the central train station, I managed to join the taxi rank but once the taxi drivers realised I wasn't there to pick someone up, thus using their space illegally and instead was there by accident they helped me turn around and directed me in the right direction!
Books! (From the Children's Bookshop)
Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye
EBD plaque on her house
The books I boughtRead more
We stayed three nights at Hay-on-Wye which is a lovely little town right on the Wales/England border. Our site was adjacent to the fields where they hold the annual book festival. We had a look at the town on our first day and walked along the riverside. The town is full of second hand book shops, we looked in nearly every one but could not find the two books we were looking for.
The following day we set off for a long walk through the town again and then pitched off to the south to take in some of the Offa's Dyke pathway. We rose high above the valley onto the Black Mountains, passing through the tree line onto the high moor and eventually reaching the ridge top at about 1500 ft where we stopped for our packed lunch. The ground under foot was very wet and in some places very slippery but the views and the autumnal colours in the trees were once again worth it.
Coming off the ridge we tried to follow another path through woods and farm land but the going was very boggy and the footpath not very well way marked. We quickly decided it would be safer to return by road. We walked circa 9 miles and enjoyed every bit of it.
Our lazy third day was interrupted by a phone call to say that the fridge part had arrived at the motorhome dealership - so we returned to Cross Hands to get it installed. The route we took across the Brecon Beacons was quite spectacular - had we had time we would have stopped to admire the scenery. Fridge fixed we returned to Hay in rain and darkness.Read more
I was keen for an Islamic State tea at Hay on Wye but ISIS were closed today.
Morning drive to find the spectacular waterfalls in the area, but without much success. Drive o Glasbury for our canoe ride on the River Wye. Paddled 5.5 miles downstream, negotiating rapids on the way, to Ross???? on Wye. Stopped off at the ????? Cider Mill where Bernie discovered Thatchers Haze cider. Walked in to town with a drink by the river at the Bridge Inn????; he Brittania Arms????; and then The Bear where we also had dinner.Read more
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