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Festival fever is bearing down on us as the town gears up to welcome hordes of bookworms and chin-scratching big thinkers flocking to Hay Festival and – a little over a mile away – the How The Light Gets In philosophy festival. (HTLGI)

Inevitably, these two massive events bring with them their fare share of parking woes. This year, Hay Festival is running a park-and-ride two miles from the festival site, but there is another option to shuttling back and forth by bus, or inching your own car through the crowds – and it’s pedal-powered!

We reckon Hay’s narrow streets, one-way system and sardine tin car park are better navigated from the perch of a velocipede at the best of times – and during festival week it’s a no-brainer.

The straight, 1-mile jaunt from town to the Hay Festival site is a breeze on two wheels.

And if you’re stopping at HTLGI’s riverside campsite, it’s (more or less) downhill all the way to their festival central at The Globe.

What’s more, you don’t even need to bring your own bicycle – we have a massive hire fleet covering everything from road bikes, to leisure bikes, to top-end mountain bikes. For the pedal-shy, we even have the latest electric, motor-assisted cycles.

Standard leisure bike hire is £27.50 per day, or hire one for the full 10 days and pay just £11 a day!

Head here for full details of this year’s hire prices. Call us on 01497 822 419 or 07870 628 097 to book.

Guardian correspondent Will Fotheringham will be discussing his latest book, a biography of legendary Tour de France hellaraiser Bernard Hinault, at Hay Festival on Wednesday May 27th. Book tickets here.