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Kington Walking Festival

WELCOME TO KINGTON WALKS AND OUR SIXTH ANNUAL WALKING FESTIVAL

 

2017 Walks Overview (by Grade) 

 

Grade 1 (Easy)
No steep gradients and minimal rough terrain.  These walks are suitable for most, including those with limited walking ability and families with children

miles

Thursday

Th10 - Dunkertons Orchard Walk

1

Th11 - Walking for Health

Sunday

Su3 - Birches Farm Nature Walk

2

Su12 - A Talk and Walk on Dolyhir and Strinds Quarries

3

 

Grade 2 (Moderate)
There may be some short sections of steep gradients and some rough terrain but any climb will be taken at a relaxed pace. These walks are suitable for most people of average fitness.

miles

Thursday

Th4 - Trees of the World, Meet the Champions

3

Friday

Fr4 - Trees of the World, Meet the Champions

3

Fr5 - Eywood: the ghost of park & garden

6

Fr7 - Kington Mills and Weirs

3

Fr8 - All Animals Great and Small

4

Saturday

Sa13 - Beware of the very last of the Great Welsh Dragons

5

Sunday

Su4 - The Historic Radnor Valley

5

Su5 - Ramble around Huntington Parish to meet the Alpacas

6

Su10 - The Nature, History and Future of a Obscure Rural Parish

6

Su11 - Don’t Stop Me Now, an event for the less able bodied

5

 

Grade 3 (Energetic)
May include rough terrain, with steep climbs and descents. Requires a good level of fitness.

miles

Thursday

Th2 - Living Landscapes

11

TH3 - Circling the Arrow

8

Th5 - Over the Smatcher and into the Fforest

6

  Th6 - Rock around Aymestrey 7

Th7 - A Walk on the Wild Side.

8

Th8 - Explore Red and Green Lanes of Brilley

8

Friday

Fr2 - Medieval Politics in the Marches: Warfare, Conquest and Marriage

8

FR6 - Cider with Ralphy

6

Fr9 - Last Sunset before the Equinox

6

FR10 - Myths and Legends of Hergest including a tour of Hergest Court.

7

Saturday

Sa2 - Harley’s Mountain and the Enchanted Stream

9

Sa4 - Three Peaks Challenge

10

Sa5 - A Wood, a Hill and three Long Distance Paths

7

Sa7 - Across Brilley Mountain

8

Sa8 - Dingles aplenty, and a waterfall too

8

Sa9 - Radnorshire at its Very Best

7

Sa11 - Ancient Trees and Trackways Revisited 7

Sa12 - Return of a Three Pub Ramble

9

 Sunday

Su2 - Delights of the Arrow Valley, Pembridge to Kington

9

  Su6 - Wylfre - a Hidden Gem 7

Su7 - The Land Beyond Hergest 

11

Su8 - Knill; A Thankful Village

5

 

Grade 4 (Strenuous)
Walks require fitness and stamina to cope with several steep climbs and to cover a good distance at a steady pace.

miles

 Thursday

Th1 - The Hard Rock Ridge

11

Th9 - Magnificent moorland meanderings

10

Th13 - Clun to Bishop’s Castle: Two Day Circular

21

 Friday

Fr1 - Mortimer Trail part one: Ludlow to Lyepole Bridge

15

Fr3 - Wild Radnorshire's Beauty Unfolded

13

 Saturday

Sa1 - Mortimer Trail part two: Lyepole Bridge to Kington

15

Sa3 - Eight Peaks Challenge

15

Sa6 - In the Heart of an Ancient Volcano

8

Sa9 - Radnorshire at its Very Best

10

 Sunday

Sa10- Remote Radnorshire; A Walk in the Hills

11

Su9 - Circular from Hay Bluff car park with LTMR

9

Su1 - The Walton Wobbler Cycle Event

30

Our walking festival returns for its sixth year, already a firm fixture for all who love the great outdoors.

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.

This year our festival programme comprises 

  • 45 guided walks
  • 3 self led challenges
  • 2 walks specifically for local primary schools

There are walks for all abilities, including a two day circular walk between Clun and Bishops Castle; the whole of Mortimers Trail, a tour of historic cider orchards, several pub rambles, some geology and archaeology themed walks and a chance to meet alpacas. Plus a supporting programme of events including an introduction to foraging and free food with a walk around Kington; the ever popular Goulash Evening and music from Little Rumba. Do come and join us. You will certainly receive a warm welcome.

This year we have expanded the choice of self-led challenges. On Saturday, Kington Walks once again hosts the Eight Peaks Challenge, now very popular with walkers, runners and orienteers alike. The Eight Peaks is an orienteering-style event, covering some fifteen miles and 972 metres of vertical, between the eight peaks of Bradnor, Hanter, Hergest, Herrock, Old Radnor, Rushock, Stanner and Worsell. It is a scenic and energetic day out for a walker, and a real challenge for a runner.

Also on Saturday we are introducing the Three Peaks Challenge. While similar to the Eight Peaks in style this challenge covers just Hanter Hill, Yewtree Bank and the summit of Hergest Ridge. Entrants should be confident map-readers, capable of working out their own route.

On Sunday we are hosting our first ever cycle event. The Walton Wobbler over about 30 miles, will take in all the high points around the north of Kington with some stiff climbs and descents.

For all the self-led challenges you can enter online or register on the day.

Thanks to the support of Red Kite and Freedom Wizard, on Sunday we will also host a walk for the less able bodied. A small number of off road mobility scooters will be available for a guided walk over Hergest Ridge. A fantastic opportunity for those less mobile to enjoy the amazing sights, smells and sounds of the countryside that overlooks Kintgton. Able bodied walkers are welcome to join us, as are those who have their own off road mobility scooters.

Walk Gradings

All walks are graded according to their difficulty and length as follows:

Level 1 (Easy) = No steep gradients and minimal rough terrain.  These walks are suitable for most, including those with limited walking ability and families with children.

Level 2 (Moderate) = There may be some short sections of steep gradients and some rough terrain but any climb will be taken at a relaxed pace. These walks are suitable for most people of average fitness.

Level 3 (Energetic) = May include rough terrain, with steep climbs and descents. Requires a good level of fitness.

Level 4 (Strenuous) = Walks require fitness and stamina to cope with several steep climbs and to cover a good distance at a steady pace.

Dogs

We regret that dogs are NOT allowed on any of the walks.

Clothing

You will be expected to ensure that you are properly equipped for the grade and length of walk. For walks graded 2,3 and 4 walking boots, a waterproof jacket and trousers, warm clothes, gloves, hat and a rucksack are essential (it may be cold on the tops in late September). For other than walks graded level 1 we would strongly advise against walkers wearing jeans as these are not sufficiently weather proof. Walk leaders may refuse to take people who are not properly equipped or prepared.

Food and Drink

Ensure that you have an adequate supply of water (and a hot drink if you wish) and sufficient food for the length of walk – there are no cafes on the hills!  A packed lunch for an all day walk is strongly advised.  Where refreshments are included on a walk this is clearly stated.

Safety

Your leaders' duty is to the group and they may refuse to accept a walker whose clothing or equipment is unsuitable. If you choose to leave the group at any time, your leader is no longer responsible for you. Please have consideration for other people and keep mobile phone use to a minimum. We also ask all walkers not to smoke while on guided walks, out of consideration for others and to avoid undue risk of fire or littering the countryside.  No liability will be accepted for loss or injury that occurs as a result of taking part in any Walk or Event.

Age

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Timing

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start of each walk. This is especially important for walks that include a bus journey. Walks will commence at the given time, whether or not all participants have arrived. Please note that durations given for walks are approximate.

Booking

Please book your place in advance to avoid disappointment. We anticipate that many walks will become fully booked up before the day. After September 20th walks will only be available to book in person at the Kington Walks office based in the Burton Hotel, Kington. Walkers who wish to take a chance of late bookings on the day may go the the Walks office at the Burton Hotel, but are reminded that spaces are subject to availability. Most walks are priced at £5.50 for a half day and £7.50 for a longer walk. Bookings are non-refundable except in the unlikely event that a walk is cancelled.



Kington Walks is a charity registered in England and Wales (1172022)