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Hay-on-Wye River and Rail Trail Circular Walk

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Hay on Wye, Powys, Wales

Hay-on-Wye River and Rail Trail Circular Walk is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Hay on Wye, Powys, Wales that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 226 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



A circular walk from the town of Hay-on-Wye in Powys. The route leaves the town to follow a pretty path alongside the River Wye, before returning along a stretch of the former mid-Wales railway. There is lots of wildlife to enjoy along the way, chance for a paddle in the River Wye and a great opportunity to explore the narrow streets of the town which are dotted with bookshops, cafes and antique shops. The route is relatively flat, with just one steady climb up into the town towards the end. The walk follows a mixture of tarmac pavements, a stone old rail track and a grass riverside path which can get muddy after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate 3 kissing gates along the way. Sheep are sometimes grazed on The Warren so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1 hour.

3 months ago

Very easy, beautiful views. Easily distracted by all the beautiful book shops!

7 months ago

Nice trail with the dog. A bit muddy (after a week of rain) and a section of the path was closed towards the end for works, but it only cut the walk a tiny bit shorter. Looked like short term works.

8 months ago

A lovely little town and country walk. Ideal with the dog. Good underfoot in spite of recent rain.

11 months ago

A picturesque gentle walk through the town and along the riverside. Most paths are hard & well gravelled, with some grass tracks and light mud.

10 months ago