HAY-ON-WYE
(POWYS, WALES)
=Sep. 2013=

Photos © Ruud Leeuw

Hay-on-Wye lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. The town is situated just within the Welsh side of the border with Herefordshire, England.

This town is a destination for bibliophiles, still with two dozen bookshops. Most of these selling specialist and second-hand books, although the number has declined sharply in recent years, many becoming general antique shops and similar.

Since 1988, Hay-on-Wye has been the venue for a literary festival, now sponsored by The Daily Telegraph newspaper, which draws a claimed 80,000 visitors over ten days at the beginning of June to see and hear big literary names from all over the world. [Wikipedia]

 

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
It wasn't the first time I'd come to Hay and this shop is always a certainty. And again I came away with a few titles.

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
The Addyman has in fact three shops; this one has a general selection whilst one other has a specialty for crime and
number three has a marvellous selection of photobooks. All three provided excellent finds me, I spent a fortune!

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
The castle seen from the bookshop seen on the top photo.
History of this castle is on that Wikipedia page. There is no access behind the castle walls.

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
Hay was a quiet, sleepy town when Richard Booth opened his first bookshop. Ten years and 40 bookshops later,
the town had become a Mecca for book lovers the whole world over.

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
Hay Cinema has a really huge selection and if one has the stamina one could spend a day here browsing.

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
Inside the Hay Conema Bookstore.

Map of Hay-on-Wye Booktown


 

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
Our B&B at Woodleigh Cottage was a great success: we rented the whole house!

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
The kitchen of Woodleigh Cottage. Truly the best B&B we had during our entire trip this time!


 

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
Hay-on-Wye isn't just about books, it is also a nice, restfull town with a surrounding area popular with hikers
(Offa's Dyke Path is behind this church) and for lovers of mountain biking (to name only a few sports).
I kept my walking limited to a stroll with the camera. And lugging big bags filled with books.

Hay-on-Wye (Wales)

Hay-on-Wye (Wales)

Hay-on-Wye (Wales)

Hay-on-Wye (Wales)

Hay-on-Wye, town of books
A midnight stroll.

 

www.hay-on-wye.co.uk


 

 

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