Explore the Welsh/English Borders
A world of discovery awaits
Cynefin awaits those seeking a way back to nature, a way to reconnect with yourself, and find a renewed sense of inner peace. Here you’ll find respite from a world of noise.
If getting out and about is more your bag, there are a wealth of options nearby to explore. We are fortunate to have Hay-on-Wye the ‘Town of Books’, famous for its Hay Festival, just three miles up the road. And, of course, the great outdoors beckons!
For Culture Vultures
For a small town, Hay is a honeypot of culture, with its winding streets lined with unique independent shops asking to be explored. With over twenty book shops, hours – can be spent delving into Hay’s treasure trove of literary delight. Be sure to start with Richard Booths Bookshop, ‘the world’s largest second-hand bookshop’, along with excellent café, and independent cinema where you can watch the latest releases with glass of wine in hand.
In the centre of town is Hay Castle, one of the great medieval defence structures on the border of England and Wales still standing. After a multimillion-pound restoration, we’re delighted its doors are once again open. It’s an architectural triumph, and we’re over-the moon to have such an incredible historical building as such a focal point for the town, to be enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike. The Castle has a fabulous programme of events and workshops running throughout the year and with a fantastic cafe and restaurant, it’s a must-do visit.
Half an hour down the road is the lively cathedral city of Hereford, and a visit to the 13th Century Mappa Mundi – the largest medieval map of the world in existence- is a must. Or drop into The Cider Museum to explore cellars of this former cider making factory.
The Visit Herefordshire website is well worth a look for tips and day-trip ideas local to Cynefin Retreats.
For Foodies and Shoppers
Hay’s winding streets also house a range of independent shops including antique markets, quirky artisan stalls, modern galleries, and excellent homeware and clothing stores. There really is something for everyone!
For the foodies, Hay does not disappoint, and is filled with great coffee shops, a fabulous ice cream parlour, range of gastropubs, and the mouth-watering Chapters fine dining restaurant. Or pick up some supplies to take back to your luxe accommodation from the excellent deli, organic butchers, or local greengrocer. The Thursday Farmer’s Market is also not to be missed!
For Adventure Seekers
The local landscapes around Cynefin Retreats offer fabulous opportunities for taking in the great outdoors. Whether you are seeking a gentle amble or something more strenuous, there is something to suit everyone. Here are a few ideas:
Canoe down the Wye, with opportunities to stop for a drink or a meal in pubs along the way
Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Black Mountains
Invigorate with wild swimming in the Wye
Explore the excellent road and mountain biking routes
BBQ at ‘The Warren’, Hay’s stony beach on the edge of the Wye
Ride into the Brecon Beacons on horseback
Once you arrive in your Luxe-Pod or Lodge, you will find our handbook which includes lots of information on our best recommendations for such activities.