Things to do in Hay-on-Wye

Hey All

A few weeks ago I wrote about C and I’s stay at Cosy under Canvas, this week I thought I’d share what we got up to in Hay-On-Wye and what there is to do and explore in the surrounding area if you take a trip and fancy some adventures.

Explore Hay-On-Wye

Hay-on-Wye is a little market town which is great for a explore around. It’s got lots of shop to pop in to especially book shops. We enjoyed browsing around the shop and popping in to cafes for a cup of tea here! I don’t have photos of Hay-On-Wye as it absolutely tipped it down as we were here!


I was sceptical about going canoeing as I’d gone once when I was in school and was awful but this was really good! We opted for the short route which I think is a five mile trip. You canoe down, call the company and they come and pick you up. It was great to be out on the river and nice to relax. It’s a really easy canoe ride too so great if you’re a beginner! We went with Wye Valley Canoes and couldn’t fault them. As it was October when we went we didn’t need to book but if there are large groups or it’s peak seasons I’d recommend booking. At Wye Valley Canoes there is also an amazing accommodation including a slide to get down stairs! C and I loved it and would love to go back with a big group of friends or on stag/hen dos!

Canoeing Hay on Wye Travel Activites Things To Do

Canoeing Hay on Wye Travel Activites Things To Do


Next to Wye Valley Canoes is the River Cafe. We visited this cafe three times and we were only there 5 days! We loved it, amazing cakes, great coffee and really nice surroundings. We only samples a variety of cakes and didn’t try the food but that looked great too!

River Cafe Hay on Wye Travel Review

Clay pigeon shooting and archery

Lastly we decided to go and do something we wouldn’t normally do. After a quick google and emailing various companies Black Mountain Adventures got back to me. We weren’t sure what we wanted to do and they offered loads of different activites we could do and in the end we decided on Clay pigeon shooting and archery. Both of which are half day activities so we combined them to have a full day. Black mountain offer lots from high ropes courses, bike riding and canoeing. 

We loved doing this day as it wasn’t something we’d have booked to do if we weren’t away for a break. These would be great for team bonding or trips with friends too!

Clay Pigeon Shooting Hay on Wye Travel Activites Things To Do

Archery Hay on Wye Travel Activites Things To Do

Archery Hay on Wye Travel Activites Things To Do


One thing we didn’t get to do when we were there was walks or hikes. Hay-On-Wye is a great base for some great hikes and walks but at the time I was still recovering from a badly sprain ankle so we thought we’d give it a miss. It’s perfectly situated to take the Offa’s Dyke path and this is something we want to go back to do.

So that was our whirlwind little trip. We spent all of our evenings in our dome and cooked all of our meals. We had planned to eat out but decided we preferred to relax on the site as it meant we could both enjoy a drink and then go in our hot tub!

Have you been to the Hay-On-Wye area? Do you enjoy a few adventure activities?

Love M


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