About the Festival

About the Festival

The inaugural Hay Walking Festival was held in 2011.  Organised by the Hay Tourism Group, the event was launched to celebrate the opportunities for walking in and around Hay on Wye and to put the town on the map as a sustainable tourism location. After four successful festivals the committee took a break – that’s volunteer burnout for you! – but those walking boots have been calling. So, in 2018 we dusted off our rucksacks to bring you a fifth festival. In 2019 the festival returns and has been extended to a four day event – Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th October. All walk fees help cover the costs of putting on the festival and we would encourage you to do your bit for the local economy by spending a little time and money in Hay. There is plenty to do besides walking – from book-browsing to retail therapy, canoeing to mountain biking. Make the most of your time here and do come back!

Hay on Wye Visitor Information

Visit Hay

Visit Hay is the official accommodation agent for Hay Walking Festival 2019.

For additional information about accommodation, travel and a host of other things, please get in touch with the volunteer-run Hay Tourist Information bureau on 01497 820144 or email post@hay-on-wye.co.uk

The bureau is located close to the main car park at Chapel Cottage, Oxford Road, Hay on Wye. HR3 5DG

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 10am to 4.30pm
Sunday: 11am to 2pm

Selections of maps, leaflets and booklets are available and members of staff – all volunteers – are happy to assist in any way they can.

Travelling to and from Hay by Public Transport

The nearest railway station is Hereford, which is connected to Hay by the Mon-Sat bus service, number 39.

The Hay Ho! is a bus service which runs between Hereford Rail Station and Hay on Wye on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.  For the timetable, please visit www.hayhobus.org.uk

Transport once you are in Hay

Hay has a number of taxi firms. They play an important role in keeping things moving in our rural community, so please do consider supporting them! For a list of names and numbers, please contact the Hay Tourist Information bureau on 01497 820144 or email post@hay-on-wye.co.uk.