Where to eat and sleep on the Wye trail

Planning to Walk the Wye trail, and want to know where to eat, sleep and other essential information? Kate Humble recently completed the 130-mile route – and here are her recommendations

2nd October 2017
Kate Humble and Teg admire the view

Wye Valley Walk

Read all about the route, maps, attractions, accommodation and other useful info, including last-minute closures and diversions.

 

The Old VicarageLlangurig

Before the walk I stayed at the dog-friendly guest house in Llangurig (booked by Celtic Trails). Clean, comfortable, quiet and a truly delicious breakfast.

The Post Office in Llangurig, run by Mary Davies, is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the guest house, has a good range of supplies for walkers and Mary will add you to her Facebook page.

 

Elan Valley Hotel, Rhayader

Rhayader has a number of pubs and cafes. Teg and I were made very welcome in the bar of the Elan Valley hotel. We didn't indulge in the full Sunday lunch but it looked delicious.

 

Celtic Woodland Holidays, Builth Wells

A small number of self-contained wooden pods set in pretty woodland with lovely views. There is a very clean, warm, communal shower and toilet block – fantastic hot showers courtesy of their biomass boiler. Small honesty shop with supplies like Welsh cakes, milk, chocolate, eggs etc. Just on the outskirts of the village, they have a pick-up service for walkers (they collected me from Newbridge on Wye). Dog friendly.

Celtic Woodland Holidays pods
Self-contained wooden pods house guests at Celtic Woodland Holidays

 

Cwtch Cafe, Builth Wells

Builth Wells is a small town, but a good place to resupply or get more dog treats and plasters (in my case!). It has a number of places to eat, but highly recommended - and rightly so, was the lovely Cwtch Cafe. Comfy chairs, pretty courtyard outside if you have a dog, delicious coffee, home-made cakes and they do a great breakfast until 11am.

6a Broad Street, Builth Wells LD2 3DT.

Cwtch Cafe
Delicious cakes at the Cwtch Cafe in Builth Wells

 

Erwood Station Gallery, Llandeilo Graban

A few miles south of Builth and right on the route, this former railway station and an old train now house a gallery of artworks and crafts by Welsh artists. There's a cafe (with excellent bara brith), and picnic tables outside.

Erwood Station Gallery deer
One of the artworks on display at Erwood Station Gallery

 

The River Cabin campsite, Trericket Mill

A tiny campsite, run on an honesty system (you post your camping fee into a box). On booking (which is essential) you get the door code for the spotless WC and lovely hot shower, and the wifi code. There is a charging point for phones. A pretty site, right on the route of the walk, but also just off the main road, so there is traffic noise, although it is fenced off and safe for dogs.

 

The Seven Stars B&B, Hay on Wye

A walker's haven. Run by Di and her lovely dog Captain, you will have a clean, simple room, and excellent breakfast and there is an indoor swimming pool and sauna. It is also dog friendly. Very close to the route and all the amenities of Hay.

Seven Stars B&B breakfast room
The dining room at The Seven Stars B&B

 

Rest for the Tired, Hay on Wye

An alternative to the Seven Stars and just a few doors down is the Rest for the Tired B&B, just above a book shop. Mary, the proprietor, knows everything! Great breakfast and dog friendly.

 

Tomatitos, Hay on Wye

There are various pubs and eateries in Hay. Tomatitos is a tapas bar, with a convivial atmosphere and decent food.


 

PSM Outdoors

If you need kit supplies – new socks, walking poles, waterproofs – the PSM store in Hay (very close to both B&Bs) has everything, and friendly knowledgeable staff.

 

The Moon Inn, Mordiford

Good, honest, home cooked pub grub. Exactly what you need when you've walked non-stop for six hours, as I had that day.

The Moon Inn
The Moon Inn, Mordiford

 

Caplor Farm Eco Pods, near Fownhope

Warm, comfortable, well-kitted out and en-suite, these pods sit in a pretty orchard just a few metres from the route of the walk. It is a wonderfully peaceful site in a beautiful setting. I give it five stars and Teg gives it four paws. For info phone Sandy or Islay on 01432 860644 or book via the website.

Captor Farm eco pods
Eco pods at Captor Farm near Fownhope

 

The White House Guesthouse, Ross on Wye (booked by Celtic Trails)

Right on the route and the centre of town is just a short walk away. Clean, comfortable rooms and a good breakfast. Dog friendly – I had tea and biscuits in the room and there was a bag of treats for Teg! Tel.: 01989 763572

There are various pubs, cafes and restaurants in Ross in Wye. Hope Treasures, a cafe and gift shop right next to the Hope & Anchor pub, does good coffee and hearty sandwiches and is right on the route. In town is Truffles Deli – which has a cafe but also a good place to pick up treats for the coming days walking. Tel.: 01989 762336

The Saracens Head Inn in Symonds Yat is a very popular pub, particularly at weekends. Right on the river and on the route. Good food and very efficient staff. I didn't stay here, but it also does B&B. Tel.: 01600 890435

 

The Boat is a good, no nonsense real ale pub right by the footbridge crossing between Penallt and Redbrook, with seats outside overlooking the river. Also serves food. Tel.: 01600 712 615

 

The Brockweir Inn – my local. Run by the lovely Will and Nicky. Friendly, unpretentious and serving good old pub grub. Tel.: 01291 689 548

The Brockweir Inn
The Brockweir Inn

 

The Filling Station Cafe, Tintern


Great little cafe right on the road (and the route) near Tintern Abbey. Good coffee, sandwiches and cakes. 

The Filling Station Cafe, Tintern
The Filling Station Cafe in Tintern

 

 

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