When you think about Hay on Wye what comes to mind?
My guess is all things literary. Hay on Wye is well known as the town of books, and home to a large annual literary festival. But that’s not all. The town is a wonderful centre for walking, with easy access to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Offa’s Dyke Trail, the Black Mountains, the Wye Valley, the Golden Valley and the Black & White Villages of Herefordshire.
It came as no surprise to learn the inaugural Hay on Wye Walking Festival is taking place over the weekend of 7th/8th/9th October to celebrate the diversity of the walking opportunities in the area, with some literary references along the way.
The weekend packed full with guided walks for all ages and abilities, from full days to a few hours, together with opportunities to acquire better navigational and map reading skills and to learn about local geology and archaeology. The walks take in some of the most spectacular scenery. in the area and are all led by experienced walkers and walk leaders.
The weekend evenings are also full with a range of great speakers on offer including Polar Explorer Felicity Aston and Broadcaster Trevor Fishlock . Friend of Rohan Alan Ward Adventures in Nepal and Tanzania 08-Oct-2011 in the Rohan Shop in Hay. Alan is also leading a walk from Gospel Pass to Hay on 7th October, one not to miss. On the 8th October the Festival Ceilidh looks like real fun and the Pub Quiz on 9th October.
Hay on Wye Walking Festival 7/8/9 October 2011 Program of events and ticket sales