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Leisure activities

Fishing

The River Wye is renowned for its fishing - both fly and coarse fishing. Most people now come to fish for barbel, but trout and salmon are also available in season. With the river only a few hundred yards away and fishing permits available from the Red Lion, Willow Brook Cottage makes an excellent base for an angling holiday.

Visit www.redlion-hotel.com for more information.

Canoeing

There are a number of places that rent out canoes for a 1/2 or full day. From Hay-on-Wye, a leisurely 1/2 day takes you down to the Boat Inn where excellent food and drink is available, whilst a whole day brings you all the way down the river to Bredwardine bridge. From either finishing point, the organisers will pick you up and take you back to collect your car.

Visit www.paddlesandpedals.co.uk for more information.

Walking and mountain biking

Bredwardine is well situated for access to both the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons - both excellent locations for walking and cycling. Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains are 20 minutes away, whilst Brecon and the Brecon Beacons are only 45 minutes away. There are a number of places from which you can hire mountain bikes, several of which are located in Hay-on-Wye.

Visit www.droverholidays.co.uk for more information.

If you don't want to go too far from home, there are many walks and cycle rides possible from the cottage. Merbach Common, at the top of the hill, gives fabulous views out over the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley and the well-known Wye Valley walk passes down the lane in front of the cottage.

Places of interest

Hay-on-Wye

Just 8 miles from the cottage, this remarkable market town is well worth a visit. Renowned for it's second-hand bookshops (over 30), this is a book-lovers' paradise. The Hay Literary Festival takes place late May/early June every year and tens of thousands of people flock to the area to listen to authors, comedians and musicians.

For those of you not interested in literature, Hay-on-Wye also offers a range of excellent independent shops as well as some delicious pubs and cafes.

Visit www.hay-on-wye.co.uk for more information.

Hereford

Hereford is famous for its cathedral, which houses the ancient Mappa Mundi, and it's race course. Wednesdays are market days and the city gets very busy with farmers from near and far.

For those of you that enjoy shopping, there is a selection of national chains and local specialist shops. There are also sports and entertainment facilities.

Visit www.visitherefordshire.co.uk for more information.