Dark Orchard

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

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  • Dogs
  • 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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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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A Delightful Site!

A very large, pretty site which is very well maintained. It is run by a friendly team of wife, husband and father all of whom visit each guest frequently providing local information and help when need. Idealy positioned to explore Hay and the many walks nearby. Facilities are perfect in all respects. The entrance is narrow with a sharp turn around a terrace of houses. I have a long caravan towed by a long car and could only enter and leave by unhitching and using the mover to turn the corner. Smaller outfits should proceed with care; there are many scratches on the stonework in the turn!

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Great stay, Covid-19 safe and friendly.

Thanks, we had a great stay, Covid-19 taken seriously. Great space, peaceful and quiet. Short walk into Hay. Good restaurants and lots of nice walking direct from the site. Thanks Lynda for all your attention. Bill and Jan.
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Just excellent

Just returned from 3 nights over the Bank Holiday weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend & although Hay was quite busy because of the Bank Holiday it was totally peaceful on the site. Beautiful location and loads of space to chose a pitch. Clean facilities & as previous reviews have pointed out, plenty of hand sanitizer. Lynda & Pete the greet both very welcoming and informative of things to do locally. Went into the tourist office & got some leaflets of short walks locally which were really good & only cost 40p each. Hay has plenty to do within the town as well. It is a hidden gem & I will definitely be returning as I don't live that far away, have already recommended to my sister & husband for next year.

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Dark Orchard is a hidden gemstone!

We (2 adults, two children aged 8 & 9) have just returned home from a lovely weekend spent in Hay on Wye at the Dark Orchard CL, and what a fantastic weekend we had. Lynda was a perfect host from initial contact to discuss the booking, throughout our stay right up to the moment we left the site. The site itself is large - easily accommodating 5 outfits with ample space for all. Access is fine from the main road, we approached Hay on Wye via the A436 and the B4351. Worth noting at this time the extra effort being put in by the site owners to counter Covid-19 spread with hand sanitisers at the gate, water stations and the elsan. Hay on Wye is truly delightful and only a short walk away. Noteworthy are the river side walks which will take you to 'The Warren'. from there it is a short walk back into town where there is not shortage of book shops, antique and curio shops and a particular family favourite - Shepherds Ice cream parlour! The is a supermarket about 400 yard from the site should you need it and several pubs and restaurants in the town. I cannot speak highly enough if this site, and we shall definitely return!
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A Perfect Off-Grid Situation

A perfect situation, nicely off grid and away from it all but a short walk to all the amenities of wonderful Hay-on-Wye, and longer walks in every direction up those hills and along the river. Made to feel very welcome, with handy local tips by Lynda and Peter. Highly recommended.
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