Dark Orchard

Nantyglasdwr Lane, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5BD

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  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Peaceful stays
  • Waterside stays

Why stay here ...

Dark Orchard is a quiet, secluded site tucked away on the edge of Hay-on-Wye, yet only a 5 minute walk to the shops, restaurants, pubs and other amenities that this unique Welsh Marches market town has to offer.

Dark Orchard is a level, well sheltered grassy site. The site is bordered on one side by the Dulas Brook and divided by the Nantyglasdwr stream. We welcome families and pets. Dogs must be kept under total control at all times in the interest of other site users and farm animals in the adjacent fields. Any mess must be cleared up immediately. We regularly see a lot of wildlife at the site including kingfishers, dippers, red kites, buzzards, hedgehogs and otters playing in the brook.

Hay-on-Way Town of Books is world famous for its second hand bookshops and is fast gaining a reputation for its antiques, collectibles and other fiercely independent shops. Although only a relatively small market town, Hay-on-Wye has a great vibrancy and many facilities including a cosy 65 seat cinema and is also famous for the annual Hay Festival of Literature & Arts held for ten days at the end of May. Work is due to start on the renovation of Hay Castle during 2018 to create a unique new centre for culture and education. Hay-on-Wye also has a lively Thursday Market which features many local artisans and producers.

Two long distance footpaths, Offa's Dyke and Wye Valley Walk, both pass very close by Dark Orchard. Alternatively many other excellent walks can be found direct from the site. Take a walk to Hay Bluff and enjoy the panoramic views of the Wye Valley or try one of our shorter circular walks to explore the lower lying areas. Excellent fishing can be found on the River Wye for which day tickets can be bought locally. Or why not hire a canoe and explore the river.

Dark Orchard is also well placed to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park. At over 500 square miles and including Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. The park is a paradise for all lovers of the outdoors. With mountains and moorland, standing stones and castles, lively waterfalls and vibrant communities, the Brecon Beacons National Park has masses to offer visitors. With a long and colourful history and a rich and varied mythology and culture, the park has something to offer everyone with fabulous scenery, walking, cycling, mountain biking, castles, gardens, caves and much, much more.

Dark Orchard is also ideally situated for visitors to the annual Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells in July as well as a host of other events and shows held at the Royal Welsh Showground throughout the year.

The surrounding area of Herefordshire also has much to offer with its Black & White timber-framed buildings, Cider Making or visit the 13th Century Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral.

We also have a recently refurbished cosy self-catering Victorian cottage, sleeping 3, next to Dark Orchard. Check out our website.

Facilities on site ...

  • Battery charging
  • Dog walk from site
  • Recycling facilities
  • Unfenced water

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Latest arrival time: 8:00 PM

Latest departure time: 12:30 PM

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Postcode:
HR3 5BD
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GPS:
Lat 52.077851 / Lon -3.123258
OS field ref:
SO231427
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Brecon, Cardiff, Hereford
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Great place to stay

Once we arrived on site we were greeted by Peter who was extremely helpful through our stay. Nothing too much trouble. Campsite is very well placed for access to the river for canoeing full stop there are very good walks straight from the site and the centre of hay is a 2-minute walk,will definitely be returning to this site.

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An absolute little gem.

The welcome from Head of Welcoming (Peter) is nothing but the best. This man knows the area like the back of his hand and is only to happy to tell you all about the local area. The site is quiet but a five minute walk into town and you are in Hay which is a lovely place to see. A five minute walk and you are on the banks of the River Wye and a great walk down to the Warren (about a 30 min strollish). Just down the road is also a Co-op. We parked up for 3 days and never had the need to fire up the engine, every thing is self contained. We will be back. If you want that feel good factor then this is the place. The Indian Chief (in joke)

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Quiet seclusion.

Access is a tad snug and perhaps not for the beginner, but once on site you are in for a real treat. Two basically flat and lush fields divided by a small burn and adjoining a preaceful stream. A warm welcome from 'Pete The Greet' who gives you loads of local tips. We were the 5th on site but the size of the place allowed us to pitch in a quiet corner. While Hay isn't large it's just a nice place to spend time. Look out for live music at the Globe and try the veggie meals at the quirky "Old Electric Shop". The CO-OP is only 2 mins walk and is very well stocked.
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A little gem!

Very quiet site with plenty of space, yet within easy walking distance of Hay on Wye and a nearby well stocked Co op supermarket. We experienced a very friendly welcome from 'Peter the greeter' who is also knowledgeable about the local area. Despite the instructions in the CAMC handbook, the lane used to access the site is very narrow and easily missed and the approach to the site gate can be tricky for large outfits. We echo the views of other reviewers about the tight entrance /exit, however, if you can get in......... you will not be disappointed.
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An Oasis of Tranquility

Dark Orchard is a lovely little site - earlier reviews describe it perfectly so rather than repeat these I will just reinforce that the location is perfect; take care at the entrance and the owners are indeed very welcoming, friendly and approachable. Bookings are taken by Lynda & Chris whilst the main "meeter and greeter" is Peter - who has a fund of local knowldge and some very interesting stories. During our recent stay we enjoyed watching a pair of bluetits feeding their young in a nearby nesting box. We also found the site notice board contained useful local information and can recomend Sunday lunch at the nearby Pandy Inn, Dorstones. Dark Orchard is one of our favourite sites and we hope to be able to return in the future.

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