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Kington Walking Festival

Kington Walking Festival

Kington Walking Festival


Our walking festival returns for its fourth year, already a firm fixture for all who love the great outdoors. Some of the best festivals happen in the smallest towns. Think of Hay – population c 2000 – and literature. Now think of Kington – just up the road from Hay and with a similar population – and walking.

Nestled below Hergest Ridge, the historic drovers’ town of Kington stands alone from a walking perspective, with more long-distance paths converging on the town than almost anywhere else in the UK. The smallest of the five market towns in Herefordshire, it is also the remotest and there is a definite feel that you are almost in Wales. But despite it’s size the town has all the facilities you could want, with plenty of accommodation both within the town, including a youth hostel, and in the surrounding area. There is a Tourist Information Centre and different independent shops that offer great personal service.

This year we shall be officially opening The Wyche Way, a new walking link between England and the Welsh border, spanning 80 miles between Kington and Broadway in the Cotswolds. Why the Wyche Way? Besides the connotation of Which Way (to go), the name derives from an old ‘Saltway’ crossing of the Malvern Hills known as The Wyche Cutting. In addition there is an area in the original settlement of Kington close to the church known as the Wych where one can find several buildings bearing the name. The walk will link Offa’s Dyke Path with the Cotswold Way from where it is possible to join The Shakespeare Way and walk all the way down (or up) to London! The official opening of this new walk will take place on Friday 18 September by Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society as well as President of The Ramblers and a patron of the Walkers are Welcome Towns Network. Immediately afterwards Guy Vowles, whose brain child the trail is, will lead the first leg of The Wyche Way from Kington to Weobley followed by the second leg the next day from Weobley to Bodenham.

Our festival programme comprises 38 guided walks and one self-led walk, the Eight Peaks Challenge, an orienteering style event for all. There are walks for all abilities. There is a Legs and Wheels event combining the twin pleasures of walking and cycling with no concerns about traffic, a tour of historic cider orchards, four pub rambles and visits to local quarries old and new. You can discover the artists of Kington or amble through delightful gardens. There is a chance to explore secret river bank paths or the hill forts and standing stones of Wales. Whether you choose to walk the asymmetrical hills of Herefordshire, famous for apples, beef and beer or the wild uplands of Wales you will receive a warm welcome.

In the town there will be a programme of events which both non-walkers and post-walkers can enjoy including a goulash evening when the community choir will entertain diners, a talk on the pre-history of the Radnor Valley by Bill Britnell of the Clwyd Powys Archaeology Trust, a poor weather navigation workshop, a photography workshop and a David Bowie tribute band to while away an evening or two.

So do come and join us and share in this little known perfect walking country. The views are sublime.

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Kington Walks
c/o Kington Tourist Information Centre
5 Church Street

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