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Hay on Wye

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With a widspread reputation far exceeding its rather little size, Hay on Wye straddles the English-Welsh border with charming, winding streets and a wealth of second hand books shops. Hay Festival, spreading over ten days from the end of May and into June is the town's most famous event of the year which sees all of London seemingly up from the city and into the hills. Explore this quaint town outside of the festival however, and England's literati are often found, thumbing ancient paperbacks under stone bridges, throughout the entirety of the year.

Holidays in Hay on Wye Although famous for books, upon books, upon books, there is far more to this border town than the written word. With the Brecon Beacons just moments away, this is the perfect spot for hikers and adventurers to base themselves. Hike the gruelling but beautiful Pen y Fan circular to stand on top of southern Wales' highest peak, wild swim in hidden lagoons, or take to two wheels and hit the many cycle trails traversing mountain passes.

The book stores of Hay on Wye Of course, Hay on Wye is famous for a reason, and that delightful reason is glorious, magical books. With over 30 book stores tucked in alleyways, hidden in cinemas and stacked along shelves under bridges, one is wonderfully spoilt for choice. Fans of crime fiction should saunter to Murder and Mayham, poetry aficionados to The Poetry Bookshop (the only shop in the UK dedicated solely to poetry) and children to the colourful emporium of Rose's Books.

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