LATEST NEWS, Fri 12th Oct – please check individual walks to make sure your chosen event is still going ahead. Due to the weather forecast a number of routes have been amended or shortened to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Your walk leader will brief you before you set off and keep you updated as the walk progresses.
The Hay on Wye Walking Festival is back. We warmly invite you to join us from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October to enjoy our lush countryside, stunning hills and to step into our beautiful town of independent shops, a proudly chain-store free destination.
We kick off with a night walk on Friday and our walks programme over Saturday and Sunday is broad ranging in terms of geography and interest. With twenty walks in all, there is something for all abilities and interests – all day in the hills, town walks, historical walks and even an exciting opportunity to try the ancient way of walking with pack ponies.
Walks are graded according to difficulty and are led by experienced walk leaders, all of whom know and love the area covered and have themselves been traversing the area for many years. Perched on the Wales-England border on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Hay on Wye is blessed with a wonderful mosaic of landscapes which is not only scenically stunning but also steeped in the stories of those who have lived, fought, worked or travelled through the area over the millennia.
Our programme of walks reflects this variety. The 2018 Hay Walking Festival is an opportunity to explore woods, hills, moorland, ancient abbeys and churches, Neolithic tombs, castles, Nordic walking, a nature reserve, literary references – Bruce Chatwin’s On the Black Hill and no doubt Rev Kilvert will get a mention or two – the evolution of Hay as a book town, industrial archaeology, explanation of changing land use… The list goes on.
Make the most of the weekend and join us for our evening events. We have a trio of talks on Friday and a walker’s quiz on Saturday. All proceeds from these two events will go to local Mountain Rescue teams and to Wales Air Ambulance.
A number of walks start in Hay itself, while transport will be required to access more distant walks. We would encourage you to use public transport where possible, to car share or to use a local taxi service to help us preserve the natural environment and quietude which makes this area so special.
While the walks were planned during a heatwave, by the time we welcome you to our native habitat, the lushness will have returned. And do remember, in the immortal words of the chronicler of the Lake District, Alfred Wainwright, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”