Hay-on-Wye

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Coordinates: 52°05′N 3°08′W / 52.08°N 3.13°W / 52.08; -3.13

Hay-on-Wye (Welsh: Y Gelli Gandryll), often described as "the town of books", is a small market town and community in Powys, Wales.

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Location

The town lies on the east bank of the River Wye and is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, just north of the Black Mountains. The town is situated just within the Welsh side of the border with Herefordshire, England, which is defined by the Dulas Brook at this stretch. Where the brook joins the River Wye just to the north of the town, the border continues north along the river. Hay has approximately 1,900 inhabitants. The village of Cusop lies on the other side of the Dulas Brook and is in England. The nearest city is Hereford, county town of Herefordshire, some 22 miles (35 km) to the east.

The town was formerly served by Hay-on-Wye railway station, which closed in 1963 under the infamous Beeching Axe.

Book town

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