About Hay Ho!
What is the Hay Ho! Bus?
The Hay Ho! is a bus service which runs between Hereford Rail Station and Hay on Wye on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. For times and fares, please visit the Timetables & Tickets page.
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Winter is a great time to be out and about on the Hay Ho! Bus. Come and visit the Welsh Borders by bus and enjoy seasonal festivals, crisp winter walks or maybe a Sunday Roast by a roaring fire in one of our local pubs!
A bit of background
In March 2014 local residents became aware that the existing Sunday bus service, the 39A, was under threat. In April
that year a public meeting was held in Hay. It was well attended and those present resolved that all steps should be taken to retain a service. The bus was regarded as critical not only for residents of Hay and the villages en-route but also essential for tourism as the bus allows visitors from Hereford and beyond a trip into the Herefordshire countryside and across the border into Wales. One of the aims of the Hay Tourism Group
(HTG) is to develop a reputation for Hay as a leading sustainable tourism destination – good public transport connections are crucial!
A working group was formed to take things forward with representatives from HTG, Rail for Herefordshire
and Herefordshire Ramblers
. We have to thank the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
and the Rural Alliances
project for enabling us to get costings and plans together and a small number of people who donated freely at an early stage to make things happen. On October 5th 2014 the first Hay Ho! bus rolled out of Hereford with about twenty people on board, mainly representatives from the organisations and individuals backing the service. We enjoyed a guided tour of Hay provided by Hay Tours
after coffee at The Swan Hotel
(the room and coffee was sponsored by the hotel). Not only did the tour offer fascinating insights into the town’s history it also illustrated the sort of trip that visitors might enjoy.
What’s in a name?
It’s been a lot of hard work to save the bus and thinking up the name was one of the more enjoyable parts! We wanted something fun and different and memorable. Les Lumsdon, our transport guru, suggested Hay Ho and it stuck. The phrase “hey ho” is usually what you say if something doesn’t go quite to plan and this summed up our feeling of disappointment when we heard the news that the bus was being scrapped. Instead of doing nothing, we’ve worked hard to turn this negative into a positive and Hay Ho! is the result.
Our vision is a bus service which serves the needs of residents and visitors alike. With this in mind, the timetable is better and we have reduced fares to make them more attractive. The bus is being tied in with events along the route to help boost passenger numbers and to ensure Hay Ho! becomes a key part of the tourist experience.