There is something lovely about looking back and remembering holidays gone by. Reflecting on how quickly the year has gone so far, what we have done and where we have been go me thinking about our Easter camping in Hay-on-Wye. Plus, I’ve been wanting to add some more of our travels to this blog and since many happened before it started, I’m going to fill it in retrospectively.
I took so many photos on the trip and we visited so many places that I think the best thing will be to separate it into different places – you’ll also get to choose your own things to do and places to visit too! I’ll link to the other posts at the bottom so that you can find them easily!
Experiences are better than stuff
A few years ago we decided that rather than buying gifts for each other for Christmas and Birthday, we would go away somewhere instead – I think it all started when I took Jit away to a log cabin for a surprise week away for his 30th birthday – I got him 30 presents to open too. From then we though it would be a great opportunity to have more holidays as well as save filling the house with stuff that we don’t need (we’re clearing out, you see!)
So this year we decided on Hay-on-Wye for my Easter time birthday. We have camped in spring before and found that the coast suffered from the spring fog that would roll in and out for the entire stay. We lost the whole cliff and beach the year before when we were camping in Cardigan. At one point we could see the mist rolling over the campsite and making the only other tent vanish in the haze! It’s really bizarre!
Anyway, we fancied trying somewhere more inland for some shelter and hopefully warmth. So Hay-on-Wye it was – only 2.5 hours from my parents’ house on the Wirral (we stay there while dropping the cats off) so a pretty easy journey.
The site we chose was in Clyro – just a 2.5 mile-ish walk to Hay-on-Wye and a short drive to Herefordshire. The views were fantastic and th site amazing (I’ll link to the review once I’ve done it!)
The timing was great because it was about a month before the book festival (not because we don’t like books!) so the site was nice and quiet with only the odd person keeping us company every other night or so. Having the field to ourselves was fantastic – as was the perfect spot with the best views!
A perfect base for exploring
We couldn’t have chosen a better base or exploring. One of the main criteria when choosing somewhere to stay is that there are loads of great walks nearby and that we can leave the car on site as much as possible. It was great in Clyro for that and also in close proximity to many other places so when we did use the car we weren’t travelling for a long way.
Oh and speaking of location, there is the greatest farm shop nearby too (not in walking distance, but when heading out for the day you’ll pass it on the way to the main road) check out the freezers!!
Hikes and walks ahoy-hoy!
Walk up from the campsite to explore the hills
The walk down from the site into Hay-on-Wye and onto the river walks
On the banks of the River Wye and the bridge that takes us over the water and back towards the hill up to the campsite
If you’re a fan of wandering up and around hills and fields, second-hand books, National Trust properties and parkland as well as cider, then Hay-on-Wye is a great place to visit. As I mentioned earlier, we did so many things and visited so many places that this post would be MAHOOSIVE if I put it all into one. SO I am going to catch up with writing up the visits and add them to this post for reference.
I hope that this has whet your appetite for more, and I hope that you’ll come back to read more about the things to do, the campsite review (I’m a poet!) and adventures to have in Hay-on-Wye in the spring time.
Whatever the weather, whatever the season, it is ALWAYS time for a new adventure!
What is your favourite things about Spring? Would you go camping?
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