Walking around Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Walking from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye
Photos and report by Mike Slocombe, May 2006
Part two of the walk: walking back to Hay-on-Wye via Llowes
After crossing the Wye at Glasbury, we headed north-east along the low banks of the Wye, before following the footpath that leads past Maesllwch Castle.
Maesllwch, translates from Welsh as 'field by the pool' and as you've probably guessed, the current building is a Victorian confection (1850), built on the site of a 16th century house.
During the second world war, the castle was used as a Canadian hospital and then by the Land Army.
The walk climbs up steeply towards Bryn-yr-hydd, in a valley steeped in history.
Evidence of Mesolithic, Neolithic and early Bronze Age settlements have been found in the area, with the remains of a Neolithic chambered tomb unearthed at Court Farm, to the south-west of nearby Clyro.
Looking back to Glasbury, you can just make out the river crossing in the distance.
We stopped off for lunch at Llowes, a small settlement with delightful church believed to date from the early medieval pre-Conquest period.
See LlowesChurch feature
Beautiful scene by the River Wye. It's a lovely walk alright!
Walking along the Wye back into Hay.
Hay-on-Wye in the distance. Note the tall chimneys of the Jacobean castle.
The road into Hay.
A view of the Wye from the road bridge.
Two views of Hay-on-Wye.