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Friday Walks - September 22nd 2017

Mortimer Trail part one: Ludlow to Lyepole Bridge

 

Starting at the gates of Ludlow Castle the route leads below the towering walls of the castle to cross the River Teme at Dinham Bridge. From the river there is a long and steady climb up to High Vinnalls located within the vast tract of Mortimer Forest affording superb views across the Marches and into Herefordshire. Continuing through rolling countryside the walk crosses Bircher Common before passing alongside the Iron Age hillfort of Croft Ambrey and around the edges of the National Trust's Croft Castle. Steady walking through fields and woodlands leads to Aymestrey and a short road section leading to Lyepole Bridge on the River Lugg and the minibus pickup point.

Bring a packed lunch and adequate drink for a 9 hour walk as there is no opportunity to replenish water bottles.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr1
  • Grade 4
  • Length 15 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 08:30am
  • Duration 9 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £10.50 including transport
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Medieval Politics in the Marches: Warfare, Conquest and Marriage

 

In addition to walking through beautiful countryside, the walk will provide glimpses into the history of Presteigne and Stapleton in the medieval period when the Welsh Marches were of great national importance. Powerful Anglo-Norman lords fought, schemed and married to gain control of independent lordships and the opportunity for conquest into Wales. In return, Welsh Princes invaded and ransacked Presteigne. Starting and finishing in Wales, the walk soon crosses the border into England; most of the walk is in the attractive rolling countryside of Herefordshire on quiet roads, footpaths, some tracks and with a number of stiles. The route goes through farmland and woodland with a gradual ascent past Stocken Wood and descent through Stapleton Wood. The walk will include visits to The Warden, the site of the medieval castle in Presteigne, St Andrew’s Church, and Stapleton Castle which is privately owned.

Bring a packed lunch.

Additional Info

Wild Radnorshire's Beauty Unfolded

 

Sponsor: Castle Hill B&B

Walking south from Water Break-its-neck Waterfall, we will cross the empty hills towards Cwm Cesty, passing the ruins of Black Yatt. There are great views of mid Wales from up here and few people. From here we will turn east and over the moorlands towards Gladestry, crossing many small streams and large hills. An off the beaten track walk with the odd isolated farmstead. From Gladestry we will follow Hergest back into Kington using a lesser walked route along the south side. On arrival in Kington we can enjoy tea and cake kindly provided by Castle Hill House B&B.

Bring a packed lunch and bus fare.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr3
  • Grade 4
  • Length 13 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am for 10:10am bus
  • Duration 8 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £7.50 plus bus fare

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.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr4
  • Leader Elizabeth Banks & Rowan Griffiths
  • Grade 2
  • Length 3 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 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

Eywood: The Ghost of the Park and Garden

 

Sponsor: The Oxford Arms

From the Eywood entrance at Titley, the walk visits Titley Pool Nature Reserve and proceeds to the site of the demolished house via its abandoned carriage drive, exploring the remains of the park, pleasure gardens and other features before returning to Kington on footpaths, tracks and lanes via Rushock and Barton. Our thanks to various landowners for permitting access to areas not generally open to the public. Meeting at 10:00am for the 10:10am service bus 41 to Knighton, alighting at Titley. The walk will finish at the Oxford Arms for tea and cakes.

Bring a packed lunch and bus fare.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr5
  • Grade 2
  • Length 6 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am for 10:10am bus
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £7.50 plus bus fare

Cider with Ralphy

 

We take a minibus to New Radnor and walk at a leisurely pace uphill for about two miles passing under Whinyard Rocks on the North side of the locally renowned Whimble. We stop periodically to discuss points of interest and enjoy the wildlife and stunning views of the border countryside. We will then walk about four miles, mainly downhill to Old Badlands Farm, the home of Ralph's Cider. Here we enjoy a glass of cider and a light cheese lunch before returning to Kington by minibus.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr6
  • Grade 3
  • Length 6 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £19.00 including transport and lunch

Kington Mills and Weirs

 

Sponsor: Border Bean

Kington has a total of fourteen water powered sites serving a variety of industries: corn milling, woollen cloth making, iron founding, tanning, threshing, pumping water etc. The walk will include eight of these sites and Alan will explain how they developed and the evidence that remains. Stout shoes are recommended and there is one gate to be climbed over. The walk will finish at Border Bean, where tea and coffee will be provided.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr7
  • Grade 2
  • Length 3 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 2:00pm
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 292 567
  • Total Places 18
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £5.50

All Creatures Great and Small

 

Sponsor: Small Breed Farm Park and Owl Centre

This is a relatively easy walk to one of Kington’s main visitor attractions, the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre. The centre houses one of the best collections of Owls in Europe as well as a wonderful collection of miniature, rare and friendly creatures. The walk itself starts in the centre of Kington, proceeding down the Arrow valley and then across local farmland to the Centre. Whilst the walking is generally easy it should be noted that there is one short but steep climb and a number of stiles. On arrival at the Centre tea/coffee will be served whilst a member of the team gives an introductory talk. After that you will be free to enjoy the owls and other animals before we retrace our steps back to Kington.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr8
  • Grade 2
  • Length 4 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 2:00pm
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 566
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £10.00 including entrance to Centre, talk, tea/coffee

Last Sunset before the Equinox

 

Sponsor: Olde Tavern, Kington

Starting from Kington there is a steady climb up to the National Trust owned Bradnor Hill. A shorter steep climb is followed by a circuit of the highest golf course in England with all round fabulous views. After a beer stop at a pop up pub we return by a different route and as darkness falls we finish at Ye Olde Tavern for an evening meal at 8pm approx.

Bring a torch and money for drinks.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr9
  • Grade 3
  • Length 6 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 4:45pm
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 566
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £15.50 including pub main course

Myths and Legends of Hergest including a tour of Hergest Court. (By kind permission of Richard Banks)

 

Commencing at St Mary’s Church and the tomb of Tomas Vaughan and Ellen Gethin `The Terrible’, and where the spirit of `Black’ Vaughan was exorcised. This is followed by an easy walk to Hergest Court, once the residence of the renowned Vaughan family, and the haunt of the infamous Black Dog of Hergest. After a tour of the house, we climb to Castle Twts overlooking the Court, last held by the renegade Welshman Hywel ap Meurig. A continuous climb to the summit of Hergest Ridge, past Bage Farm, crossing the old Race Course, pausing at the Whet Stone and absorbing the 360 degree view including that of Offa’s Dyke on the crest of Herrock Hill as it takes the only right angle bend in its 177 mile length. Amble down the ridge back to Kington with the magnificent view of the Herefordshire plain, following the well trodden Drovers Route from central Wales.

Bring a packed lunch.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Fr10
  • Grade 3
  • Length 7 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 292 567
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £7.50

Hanter Hill Highlights

 

Sponsor: Red Kite Fostering

This walk is just for Kington Primary School.  

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 and finishes 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 Fr11
  • Grade 3
  • Length 6 miles
  • Date Friday, 22 September 2017
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Packed Lunch No


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