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Wales - Good base for exploring Brecon and Wye Valley

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Wales - Good base for exploring Brecon and Wye Valley


We're looking to spend 5 days exploring Brecon and the Wye Valley, with a few days trips to Cardiff and the Borders area, but are unsure over which is the best town to base ourselves.

We have a car, so can get around, but want somewhere with a few nice restaurants and pubs. Current options are Chepstow, Monmouth, Abergavenny, Hay-on-wye and Brecon.

Would appreciate any suggestions of which of these towns people consider the most pleasant to stay in.


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Liverpool, UK
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1. Re: Wales - Good base for exploring Brecon and Wye Valley

There is so much to do you will easily fill 5 days, so you might want to work out what your priorities are to work out where is more central. Abergavenny or Crickhowell-LLangattock are well-placed if you'll spend a few days on walks in the Brecon Beacons, and with your other places to see I would prefer them over Brecon just for location. Crickhowell is perhaps more picturesque and well served with accommodation and good places to eat, but Abergavenny also has a number of very good coffee shops and pub/restaurants and you can hike Sugarloaf from the door. Hay on Wye and Chepstow are both very nice, just adding a bit of driving time each day to your day trips. Hay is smaller and pretty, Chepstow is larger but obviously has the castle. In the Wye valley you could also look at Symonds Yat-Whitchurch that has a good deli and a few nice pubs. But not in peak summer - it gets busy in normal years with family canoe-kayaking on the river, and this year I expect it will be horrendous!

Guildford, United...
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2. Re: Wales - Good base for exploring Brecon and Wye Valley

Hay, of course, is known for its second-hand bookshops if that appeals. It gets packed out during the Festival, though - last week of May and 1st week of June.

Assuming it survives as a B&B after the pandemic, Tinto House is a lovely place to stay


Jarrow, United...
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3. Re: Wales - Good base for exploring Brecon and Wye Valley

Hello, pre Covid, we liked camping in the Baskerville Hall Hotel campsite. Especially when the festival was on. It is a little outside Hay-on-Wye but close enough to visit pubs, cafe's in the town. I do not know about staying in the hotel but when camping you still have access to the restaurant/bar for food and drink. Also access to the swimming pool. This was before Covid if you want to stay there you may wish to contact the Baskerville Hall Hotel direct. There website shows they are closed until Covid restrictions allow them to open http://www.baskervillehall.co.uk/

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