Stretching along the bordering counties with England – Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire – the Welsh Marches are made up of a mixture of mountains and moorlands, farms and wooded river valleys. The densest concentration of motte-and-bailey castles anywhere in England or Wales is to be found in this fine walking territory.
Sheep, hills and inbreds. The typical image of rural Wales is hardly flattering. So why is a little market town in the Welsh Marches attracting waves of newcomers? Hay-on-Wye is hardly 'typical'. Nestled under the Black Mountains, it's home to 20 second-hand bookshops and the UK's largest literary festival. Yet is that the sum of its appeal? From an old pottery workshop under a castle tump, Oliver Balch embarks on an entertaining expedition of his new home to find out who and what makes it tick. In his signature reportage style, his investigations take him to the weekly market with the Merry Widows and down the pub with the local old boys. He meets with ex-hippies up in the hills and visits a self-appointed King in his palace. Oliver Balch avoids romanticising the British countryside in favour of an honest and vividly told sketches of real life on the Welsh borders. An unusual portrait of a very unusual place.
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Reveals hidden places in Wales, and the Herefordshire and Shropshire Marches. Secret beaches, sea caves and coasteering. Wild swimming and waterfalls. Easy scrambles and gorge walks. Sunset hill forts and unknown peaks. Sacred sites, holy wells and standing stones. Ruined castles and more