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Hay on Wye "The Town of Books" is 160 miles from London, 70 miles from Birmingham and 60 miles from Cardiff.

Clustered around a castle which guards the crossing of the Wye, this little market town built in grey stone was transformed in the 1960s when an enterprising antiquarian bookseller set up shop in the town's redundant cinema. Others followed, and Hay has become a paradise for booklovers, attracting bibliophiles from all over the world.

The nearest rail station is at Hereford, 22 miles away. The trains leave Paddington on the hour.

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