Hay is a great place to potter. It has a great range of independent shops selling antiques, individual gifts, good food, high quality clothes shops for men and women, and, of course, books. It is a great place to relax and watch the world go by.
The River Wye is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and is one of the longest near-natural rivers in England and Wales. Wildlife thrives in and around it and today it boasts an ever-increasing population of wild salmon- making a comeback from near extinction. You may also spot very shy otters and kingfishers.
The Smithy is three miles from the historic town of Hay-on-Wye in a small village called Clifford.
Hay-on-Wye:- The town of Hay lies on the boundary of England and Wales and its history of being fought over by the English and Welsh has made it a unique border town. Hay is a busy, thriving market town which has developed a reputation as the second-hand book capital of the world, following the arrival in the 1960s of the self declared King of Hay, Richard Booth. Today, with over 30 book shops, it is also the setting for the international Hay Literary Festival held in May and a winter festival held in December each year.
The Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountains are two of the wildests, untouched and most beautiful mountain regions in the UK, making them ideal conditions for a leisurely walks and breathtaking veiws. For the more active, there are serious hiking opportunities, mountain biking trails, canoeing and many other outdoor activities.