around & about
The area is a nature lover's, walker's, cyclist's and book worm's paradise.
Stay for Hay-on-Wye's famed literary festival, less than 20 minutes drive away, which takes place in 2017 from Thursday, May 25th to Sunday, June 4th or browse more than 20 bookshops in the town.
Follow in the footsteps of Victorian clergyman and diarist, Francis Kilvert, whose ramblings in the local countryside inspired him to write so prosaically in his diaries.
There's the Wye Valley Walk, a 136-mile walk along the Wye from Chepstow, passing through Hay-on-Wye all the way up to Plynlimon and the rocky source of the river. Wander through wooded gorges, meadows, orchards and rugged uplands.
The Offa's Dyke path which draws walkers from around the world can also be joined at Hay. The full 177-mile length stretches from Chepstow to Prestatyn following the border of England with Wales and the 8th Century Offa's Dyke.
Walks from the campsite:
You can set out with a picnic to the top of the mountain opposite the campsite and admire the view down the valley from the shelter of the heather and wimberry bushes. Continue over the top to visit the 12th Century priory at Llanthony which has a bar in the vaulted cellars and serves meals. Alternatively walk along the bottom of the mountain towards Hay Bluff then make your way down into the town or follow public footpaths from the Norman church of St Mary 200 yards up the road through farmland to a ruined Grandmontine priory or walk up to the Cefn Hill and look for fairy rings in the grass amongst the gorse bushes.
Bring your bikes. Children can cycle at the campsite. Alternatively, hire a bike from Drover's Cycles in Hay (01497 822419 www.droverscycles.co.uk) and enjoy the many way-marked cycling routes within easy reach of the campsite. The more adventurous can strike out off road and ride the mountain ridges - you'll be rewarded with spectacular views. There's also a cycle path beside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Turn off this for the Taff Trail and cycle all the way to Cardiff or explore the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.
Eating and drinking
If you want a night off from cooking on your campfire there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from.
Just five minutes down the road is the White Haywood which has a farmhouse restaurant and on Thursdays serves fish and chips to take away or eat in. The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley is a 10-minute drive away and there's The Crown 15 minutes away in Longtown.
In Hay there are lots of pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways including the Blue Boar, The Old Black Lion, the Three Tuns, Tomatitos Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Booth's Bookshop Cafe, The Old Electric Shop, the Granary, the Globe, Red Indigo Indian cuisine and Shepherd's Ice-cream Parlour.