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Hay-on-Wye is the gateway to the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park and Hereford with its stunning cathedral city and superb county. All are just waiting to be explored. With so much history and glorious countryside, there are plenty of things to do on both sides of the picturesque border.

For the adventurous, here’s a list of ways to get out and about locally in both Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Hay-on-Wye and surrounds.

Wild swimming and local pools

Both Hereford  and Abergavenny have Leisure Centres with pools for all ages. You can paddle, picnic and swim at The Warren on the edge of Hay-on-Wye as many locals do.

National Trust Herefordshire

Herefordshire boasts three magnificent NT properties to explore and a garden by the Wye River. Berrington Hall near Leominster HR6 0DW, Croft Castle and Parkland  HR6 9PW, Brockhamptom Estate  WR6 5TB, The Weir Gardens a spectacular riverside garden HR4 7QF    

Activities for Children

We know how important it is to have a few activities and days out planned around the children in your family! A great playground near to Holt Farm is in Peterchurch near the church. Its a large play ground and easily located at HR2 0RT…. Read more >

Transport options

Local mini-bus services are available to transport guests to places of interest or activities, pubs and restaurants. Please ask us for information. It’s a great way to go further afield across the county and sample the delights of Herefordshire specialist food and drink producers.  

Visit Abergavenny

The historic market town of Abergavenny is 20 minutes to the south of Holt Farm. Abergavenny is nestled between seven hills right on the border. It truly is a “Gateway To Wales”. See the official website for more information. Try out AberRocks indoor climbing centre with… Read more >

World Heritage Site at Blaenavon

Blaenavon is well known for the unique and exciting experience of going underground at Big Pit: National Mining Museum and there are many other adventures awaiting you in Blaenavon.  There are events throughout the year as well as exhibitions, talks and walks to join. [email protected]

Brecon Beacons National Park

This is a beautiful part of Wales, with traditional market towns, stunning landscape, canal paths, castles and plenty of family attractions. The scenery here is both beautiful and diverse – rolling countryside and valleys, from wide open spaces to the wild beauty of the waterfalls and caves…. Read more >

Wye Valley and Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat is a village in the Forest of Dean and is a very popular tourist destination. The name is said to come from Robert Symonds, a 17th-century sheriff of Herefordshire and “yat” as an old word for a gate or pass. Straddling the River Wye and the borders of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, it is… Read more >

Herefordshire’s Black and White Trail

The official Black and White Village trail covers 40-miles round Herefordshire villages, with lots of examples of timber-framed buildings and churches in their village settings. The circular trail is a delightful day out with tea stops on the way. See the website for details, info… Read more >

Visit Hereford

The Cathedral city of Hereford is 25 minutes drive from Holt Farm. The City dates from the 7th century and the Cathedral from 1079 AD, making it one of the oldest in England. Hereford Cathedral houses a number of important artefacts including the Mappa Mundi and the… Read more >

Herefordshire’s Castles and Churches

Historic castles and churches abound in the nearby valleys and villages, to name a few are Longtown Castle and Llanthony Priory, the famous Dore Abbey, and the ancient Church of St. Margaret’s with its splendid wooden rood screen dating back to the late 16th Century… Read more >

Hay On Wye and The Hay Festival

Within an easy and very picturesque drive is the market town of Hay-on-Wye, 7 miles from Holt Farm. Hay is now more than just an all year round attraction to delight readers! Hay On Wye also offers a range of excellent cafes and pubs with restaurants, fine… Read more >

Take a walk on the Black Mountains

Public footpaths criss cross the Herefordshire countryside – including Holt Farm and its neighbouring farms. In one direction its an easy stroll across the fields into the village and the picturesque Bridge Inn, a 16th century riverside inn and restaurant set beside the Escley brook…. Read more >

Play Golf

Play Golf in Herefordshire or Monmouthshire There are many Golf Clubs in Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and the Welsh border area within 40 minutes if Holt Farm Cottages. Use these links to explore what’s available and arrange your games. Brampton Golf Course 9 holes Herefordshire Golf Clubs –… Read more >

Horse Riding & Trekking

Horse Riding and Trekking in Hereford The best way to enjoy gentle valleys and beautiful views is from horseback. There is plenty of choice nearby. Tregoyd Mountain Riders – at Three Cocks. Grange Trekking Centre  – at Capel-Y-Fin. Llangorse Riding Centre – at Llangorse.


Cycling in Hereford We are in an area which provides wonderful opportunities for cycling and mountain biking. A wealth of information can be found on the cyclebreconbeacons and mtbbreconbeacons websites, including rides, routes, maps and all the bike hire details you need. If you like… Read more >


Find Adventure in Hereford Abseiling – Gorge Walking – Assault Course – Rock Climbing – Caving – Mountain Walking – Orienteering – Canoeing – Raft Building – Clay Pigeon and Indoor Shooting – Mountain Biking – Mountain Boarding – Quad Bikes – Rally Karting – Hovercrafts – Off-Road Driving – Pony… Read more >


Fishing in Hereford There are so many great places to fish in the area, from big rivers such as the famous Wye and Usk, to small streams such as the Escley brook. There are also stillwater coarse fisheries such as Llangorse Lake, and several stillwater… Read more >