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Thursday Walks - September 21st 2017

The Hard Rock Ridge

 

A spectacular walk along two consecutive ridges of hard rock that create a dramatic landmark in the landscape. We take a minibus to Builth Wells, and take a steep walk up through the quarry roads to the top of the first ridge and then along into wilderness, passing several hill forts and standing stones. Descending into a remote valley we then climb again to the second ridge and using tracks and paths continue on to Llandegley Rocks and descend to the church. This walk is well off the beaten track. Return will be by public bus service.

Bring a packed lunch and bus fare.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th1
  • Grade 4
  • Length 11 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 8:45am
  • Duration 9 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £10.50 plus bus fare
£10.50
Walk Code: Th1
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Living Landscapes

 

Sponsor: The Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (HWT)

The walk explores the Herefordshire living landscape with a circular walk from Birches Farm, HWT's reserve (at time of press not yet open to the public), untouched by the plough or fertilisers for centuries. The Farm is now recognised as a nationally significant site by DEFRA and Natural England, and has been designated England’s newest Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The walk continues via two other HWT reserves and other sites of interest. The walk leader will talk about the flora, fauna, biodiversity and history of the reserves and the wider landscape. On reaching Eardisley we will stop at the Tram Inn to eat our packed lunches and drinks maybe purchased. Birches is located 2.5 miles south of Kington on the A4111.

Bring a packed lunch and money for drinks.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th2
  • Leader To be confirmed
  • Grade 3
  • Length 11 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 9:00am
  • Duration 7 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 296 538
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £7.50
£7.50
Walk Code: Th2
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Circling the Arrow (Huntington, Newchurch and Michaelchurch on Arrow)

 

This circular walk follows public footpaths through the beautiful landscape where England and Wales meet around the valley of the river Arrow. Linking the hamlets of Huntington, Newchurch and Michaelchurch on Arrow, this is an opportunity to explore this historic border landscape alive with reminders of the past. The route includes a number of stiles and some steepish ascents and descents, but this is a walk to savour, and it will be completed at a pace to suit the group.

Bring a packed lunch. A minibus will take you to the start and return you to Kington.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th3
  • Grade 3
  • Length 8 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 9:15am
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 566
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £10.50 including transport
£10.50
Walk Code: Th3
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Trees of the World, Meet the Champions

 

Hergest Croft Gardens is the creation of five generations of the Banks family, all of whom have been passionate gardeners and distinguished dendrologists. It comprises 'the most extensive private arboreta in Britain' with over ninety champion trees. Set in seventy acres, the walk will include the Gardens, the Park and the medieval Park Wood, in which the landscape conjures up a Himalayan valley but with many more varieties of rhododendrons of immense size. Homemade lunches and teas are available in the tea room. Stout shoes and rainwear required. Elizabeth Banks, President Emeritus of the RHS will lead the walk and Rowan Griffiths, the gardener responsible for cataloguing the collection, will assist.

A second walk is arranged for Friday.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th4
  • Leader Elizabeth Banks and Rowan Griffiths
  • Grade 2
  • Length 3 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 284 566
  • Total Places 15
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £8.00 including entry to garden
£8.00
Walk Code: Th4
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Over the Smatcher and into the Fforest

 

Sponsor: Kington Tourist Information Centre

Meet for the 10:10am bus. After alighting at the former medieval county town of New Radnor, the walk heads through a stretch of woodland before a steep climb up to the top of the hill known as the Smatcher. After admiring the fabulous views at 400m we continue across open countryside to reach Llynheilin Lake and the remote pub, The Fforest Inn for lunch. Return to Kington will be on the 14:28pm bus.

Bring money for bus fares, drinks and lunch.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th5
  • Grade 3
  • Length 6 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am for 10:10am bus
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £5.50 plus bus fares
£5.50
Walk Code: Th5
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Rock around Aymestrey

 

... not following a mid-20th century music trail, but a circular walk from Aymestrey over the ridge to Croft Castle and up to the Croft Ambrey hill fort, to see what the rocks of the area can tell us about the distant past, and how they have been utilised by man. The rocks have left a distinctive mark on the landscape since their formation over 400 million years ago. Fossils in the quarries tell of life in a shallow sea in the southern tropics. Quarries in these rocks were a source of building stone as well as to be burnt for lime. The famous geologist, Murchison, used the rock sequence around Aymestrey to name a significant part of the geological time scale in his book defining the ‘Silurian System’ in 1839. Though on recognised footpaths, including part of the Mortimer Trail, the walk is rough underfoot in places, has some steep gradients and a few stiles.

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Bring a packed lunch or money for a light bite at Croft Castle.

Additional Info

£7.50
Walk Code: Th6
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A Walk on the Wild Side. Llandegley to Water Break-its-neck Waterfall

 

Alighting the bus at Llandegley, we cross the road and take a lane into the Radnorshire hills. Crossing the tops of the hills offers spectacular views before we drop down through the forestry of Warren plantation to the waterfall and out to the main road for the return bus at 4.15pm. There are two steep climbs but no stiles.

Bring a packed lunch and bus fare.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th7
  • Leader Sandra Payne
  • Grade 3
  • Length 8 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am for 10:10am bus
  • Duration 7 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £7.50 plus bus fares
£7.50
Walk Code: Th7
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Explore Red and Green Lanes of Brilley

 

Tread in the footsteps of the old drovers following ancient green lanes in and around Brilley. Along Red Lane we will follow the border down to the Wye. Break for lunch at the 14th century Rhydspence Inn where we will talk a little about the history and lifestyle of the drovers. Return to Brilley via a meander through broadleaf woods and field paths. Tracks are deeply rutted and can be muddy in places. Walk includes fifteen stiles.

Bring money for lunch and drinks.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th8
  • Grade 3
  • Length 8 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 262 498
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £7.50
£7.50
Walk Code: Th8
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Magnificent Moorland Meanderings

 

A walk that takes you off the beaten track into little visited country. Starting in Newchurch we will climb out of the valley and up onto Newchurch Common to walk across the old trackways heading west. Enjoying the views of hills and open moorland we will make our way out to the Doctor’s Pool, and then head south and back east, using small lanes, tracks and paths to bring us back up to Bryngwyn and the open moorland. A wonderful opportunity to visit parts of Radnorshire rarely seen.

Bring a packed lunch.

Additional Info

£7.50
Walk Code: Th9
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Dunkertons Orchard Walk

 

A walk around the orchards at Dunkertons Cider, with explanation of and chance to see the different varieties of cider apples and perry pears, hear a description of the cider making process and to taste the results. Includes a Ploughman's style meal at the Cider Barn restaurant. (Drinks not included). Meet in the car park at the Cider Barn Restaurant, Luntley, outside Pembridge.

Additional Info

£13.00
Walk Code: Th10
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Walking for Health

 

Sponsor: National Walking for Health Scheme

This Kington walk takes place every week at 1:00pm on Thursday. The walk is around the footpaths and lanes that criss cross Kington and is classed as a 'progression' walk so will involve some stiles and undulating ground. It may last up to two hours. The walk is free: just turn up wearing sensible shoes. Another free walk takes place each week at 10:00am on Monday. Led by a trained Health Walk leader, this walk is less challenging lasting for 45-60 minutes with only the occasional stile and some inclines. Again just turn up wearing sensible shoes at the same meeting point as for Thursday's walk.

There are two additional weekly walks in Kington as part of the Walking for Heath programme. At 10:00am on Monday. An intermediate walk is less challenging lasting for 45-60 minutes with only the occasional stile and some inclines. On Thursday mornings at 10.30 am theEvery Step Counts walk is primarily for people with limited walking ability due, perhaps, to ill health, diabetes etc. This is for max. of 30 mins and on the level.

For these walks again just turn up wearing sensible shoes at the same meeting point as for Thursday Afternoon’s walk.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th11
  • Leader Derek Blunn
  • Grade 1
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 1:00pm
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 300 567
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price Free, no need to book

Hanter Hill Highlights

 

Sponsor: Red Kite Fostering

This walk is just for Eardisley, Almeley and Pembridge Primary Schools.

Find the badger sett visible from space, the cauldron where the trolls hang out and the hermit's palatial residence. Perhaps catch a glimpse of the witch at the ghost house or find the lost grave on Hanter's summit. On a clear day you will see Clee Hill, The Wrekin, Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and The Malvern Hills. Red kites, peregrine falcons and buzzards may be seen together with evidence of a host of other wildlife. This six mile walk takes you along Worsell Wood, followed by an ascent of Hanter Hill,  finishing with a stroll along Hergest Ridge before dropping back into Kington. Refreshments will be provided at the summit of Hanter Hill. Crossing two stiles and a stream this walk can be muddy even in dry weather and there is a steep section to the summit of Hanter.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th12
  • Grade 3
  • Length 6 miles
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Packed Lunch No

Clun to Bishop's Castle: Two Day Circular

 

A two-day circular walk from Clun to Bishop’s Castle and back again, staying at a campsite (in a bunkhouse or in pre-set up tents) on the edge of Bishop’s Castle at the end of the first day’s walk. On the Thursday we head in an arc along ridges and across valleys in sweeping countryside on mainly long distance footpaths to the west of the A488 to Bishop’s Castle. We’ll eat in one of the pubs in the town. On the Friday, after a light breakfast, we return to Clun on a mixture of paths and tracks to the east of the A488, possibly visiting Bury Ditches hillfort if time permits, aiming to get to Clun for a late lunch. Both Bishop’s Castle and Clun are towns of great individuality, and the countryside between provides wonderfully peaceful and exhilarating walking.

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Bring a packed lunch for day one, and money for drinks, dinner on day one and lunch on day two.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Th13
  • Grade 4
  • Length 21 miles (over two days)
  • Date Thursday, 21 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am
  • Duration 9 hours walking over 2 days
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £35 including transport, overnight accommodation (bunkhouse or tents) and luggage transfer
£35.00
Walk Code: Th13
In Stock: 10
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