30. Riverside Walk and the Warren, Hay-on-Wye
The riverside walk or Bailey Walk follows the old railway line alongside the wooded banks of the River Wye and leads to an area of grassland known locally as the ‘Warren’.
This is a level walk, with up to four different start points. The surface of the old railway line route itself is mainly compacted earth and stone dust. There are two wide kissing gates along the route and a third gate at Gypsy Castle Lane car park which can also be fully-opened using a RADAR key to allow a mobility scooter through (please re-lock the gate after you've passed through it). When you reach the open ground of The Warren, the route down to the river the surface changes to compacted earth and grass. This area is grazed by sheep and has a large number of molehills.
How to get there: This route has several start points in Hay-on-Wye: a footpath next to St Mary’s Church; next to the Wye river bridge down a short, but steep incline; via Wye Ford Lane across a rough and stony car park; Gyspy Castle Lane, down the stony and potholed track.
Nearest town/Village: Hay-on-Wye.
OS Grid Reference: Explorer Map OL13 or Landranger Map 161 Two options from Wye river bridge: SO 229 425 or Gypsy Castle Lane: SO 222 421.
Distance: From a few metres up to 2.5km one way.
Facilities: There are shops, cafes and pubs in Hay-on-Wye. Please note that Hay-on-Wye has narrow pavements, some steep sections of road and many shops have steps into them. For more information please refer to the Brecknock Access Group 'Open for All' guide.
Parking: There are two main car parks in the centre of Hay-on-Wye. The Warren has its own small, compacted stone car park, which can be reached down a very uneven and bumpy track just off Gypsy Castle Lane (this access point has a kissing gate fitted with a RADAR lock). This route is 400 metres from the town centre car park.
Toilets: The nearest toilets, including disabled access toilets, are next to the main car park and the Tourist Information Bureau.