In this book, several walks feature Hay itself, but there are as many in the Golden Valley, a few miles to the east. It is one of the quietest corners of Herefordshire and the foothills leading to the Black Mountains are magical. Almost each and every settlement has a castle mound and Norman church situated nearby, a reflection of harsher medieval times. Now these places are sleepy enclaves, many of which have good footpath networks that are walked, but not by many. Hay-on-Wye is a new Kittiwake destination, and more than worth a visit!