Hay-on-Wye lies on the Welsh side of the Welsh/English Border in the County of POWYS, Wales. It’s Welsh name is Y Gelli and the original Norman name was La Haie.
Hay-on-Wye is an ancient market town whose northern and eastern boundaries border England. The spectacular countryside which surrounds Hay is just a few steps away from wherever you are in town. Stroll along the banks of the River Wye or in the foothills of the Black Mountains and unwind in this tranquil setting.
Due to the ingenuity of Richard Booth (awarded an MBE in 2004 for services to tourism) this unique town with its maze of narrow ancient streets now houses over 30 bookshops with over a million books for sale on every conceivable subject.
There is also a variety of galleries, antique shops and gift shops providing a wide choice for the discerning visitor.
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The Warren Club and Hay Butter Market are administered by a group of local unpaid trustees who are continually endevouring to maintain this beautiful meadow.
This beautiful riverside meadow, which for hundreds of years has been known locally as the Warren has been used by the people of Hay for recreation. It is a unique meadow and has been designated an area of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) in Wales. It is believed that this area in medieval times was used for the breeding of rabbits for food, hence its name.
In the early nineteen seventies a scheme was proposed to convert this area into a Caravan Park, but several local businessmen and residents, horrified at the loss of this beautiful area, decided to club together to purchase the field so that it could continue its existence as an unchanged meadow. Kingfishers, otters and of course rabbits have been seen within the vicinity.
To help fund the upkeep of the Warren, a 200-club was set up; this very quickly turned into a 300-club, which continues to run to this day.