A gorgeous country walk in…Talgarth, Wales

I have a special love for Wales. I don’t have any family or historical connection to it. We visited it and I thought, What an amazing part of the country. The landscape is special and striking, and, let’s face it, when it comes to place names, the more consonants the better.

We had a great stay at Cefn Barn in Talgarth, not far from Hay on Wye, and enjoyed a fab walk from our countryside barn into Talgarth and then on into Hay (with a little assist from the car to get to Hay). While I love a purely country walk, where you only see hills, dales and birds, this one highlights how a good country walk can take in local villages and their appeal as well.

Here are some of the reasons a walk here is so special.


Stay at the stylish Cefn Barn and this is your view starting out. It goes great with a cup of coffee


sheep on walk Cefn Barn

It’s sheep country here, so these little guys are everywhere


local farmers Cefn Barn walk

On the walk down to Talgarth, we ran into these father and son farmers and enjoyed a nice chat. They invited us for tea the next day


branches on Cefn Barn, Wales

I loved the plants we passed by. I loved how craggy these branches looked


red box on Cefn Barn, Wales walk

There’s nothing quite so quintessentially British to spy on a walk than a red telephone box


Mill over water at Talgarth, Wales

Talgarth Mill in Talgarth is a great place for coffee, cake, sandwiches, and a view over the mill stream


home-killed local meat in Talgarth Wales

Love this sign over renown Talgarth butcher George W J


sign Talgarth Wales

A personal love of mine is great signage, especially when its retro & modern at the same time. This one covered the entire side of a building in Talgarth.


bookshop in Hay on Wye

We hopped in the car and drove over to Hay on Wye. No surprise: It’s a great place to buy books


shop in Hay on Wye

Window shopping at little boutiques is a fantastic bonus at the end of a walk


dinner Cefn Barn, Wales

Another benefit of a hearty countryside walk: A nice meal at the end of it.


What are some of your favourite country walks in Wales?

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  1. Barbara Calabrese
    October 28, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Sounds great! Hoping to make it back to the UK for a visit one of these day.

    • October 29, 2017 / 7:35 am

      There are so many great places to go — this is definitely one I recommend to friends. Thanks for the comment, Barbara.

    • November 17, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      There is so much to do and see, all across the country

  2. November 23, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    You chose a wonderful part of the country for your walking. I could spend hours in the book stores of Hay on Wye.

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