This walk, about 1.5 miles long, following the town-side bank of the River Wye, is available to visitors and townspeople thanks to the generosity of a former Lord of the Manor, Sir Joseph Bailey, who laid out the riverbank for public use at his own expense in 1884. The present walk extends From Wye-ford Road, (downstream from Hay bridge), upstream to the popular beauty spot known as the Warren, where it is possible to picnic, swim or just relax on the river bank. There is no easy access for cars to the Warren Access to the walk is best at Hay Bridge.
The Begwyns is an upland moorland area on the Radnorshire side of the river, largely at present unexplored by the general public. There are no set walks, just a place of wild beauty to be enjoyed by the walker. Please follow the Country Code and keep dogs under control as sheep graze freely.
The Black Mountains lie within the Brecon Beacons National Park and are composed of red sandstone. This gives the range its name, caused by a 'Trick of the light' which makes them appear black. There are wide open spaces for the walker to enjoy although there is no 'legal right'. Please follow the Countryside Code and keep dogs on a lead as sheep and ponies roam freely. Buzzards are a frequent sight riding the thermal currents. A single track road with passing places, ascends from the Hay side, leading to Capel-y-Ffin, a small mountain chapel open to visitors; a Monastery established by Father Ignatius a Victorian visionary; Llanthony Priory, founded by an Augustine Order i the 12th Century which although now a ruin, is set in spectacular scenery. This road is appropriately known as the Gospel Pass. Cars can be park in the car park at the base of Hay Bluff allowing you to enjoy the panoramic view over the Radnorshire countryside Hay Bluff is 677 metres high and a popular place for hang-gliding.
The Offa's Dyke Path starts at the Severn Estuary and follows the border between England and Wales north to the North Wales Coast. The route runs along the ridge of the Black Mountains, passes through Hay and continues towards Kington. The walk is not for casual walkers as there are some strenuous stretches. Please use strong footwear and suitable clothing. Visit the Offa's Dyke Path website.
This walk extends from Chepstow and crosses the Offa's Dyke Path at Hay, and continues to Rhayader, a total distance of 103 miles. The walk offers some splendid scenery through unspoilt countryside of Mid Wales and South Herefordshire. A 'Walk Pack' is available from Hay Tourist Information. Visit the Wye Valley Walk website.
Access & rights of way - Access and Rights of Way - Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (beacons-npa.gov.uk) website.
Countryside code - Natural Resources Wales / The Trail Users Code.