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Saturday Walks - September 23rd 2017

Mortimer Trail part two: Lyepole Bridge to Kington

 

From the drop off point at Lyepole Bridge there is a short leg stretch along a country lane before tackling the steady climb up onto the wooded Shobdon Hill on good paths and forestry tracks. Once over Shobdon Hill views open out on reaching Byton Common with the classic cone shaped Whimble of the Radnor Hills visible to the west. A short road section after Byton then leads onto a hard climb up onto Wapley Hill with a large Iron Age Hillfort located within the Wapley Hill Forest. From here easy walking takes the route along to the last climb of the trail over Rushock Hill and a section of Offa's Dyke before a long descent down to the market town of Kington and the end of the Mortimer Trail.

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 Sa1
  • Grade 4
  • Length 15 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 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

Harley’s Mountain and the Enchanted Stream: A Magical Journey

 

We meet at the Royal George in Lingen for coffee and to order food for lunch. Leaving Lingen we follow the course of Lime Brook and hear some stories of the stream as a place of enchantment; of iPhones at dawn and of image-making as healing (we may even meet Yosser the cat!) We follow a tributary of the stream through the oak woods of Harley’s Mountain, pausing to catch breath and connect to enchantment. At the summit of Harley’s Mountain we take in views (weather permitting) encompassing the Black Mountains; Radnor Forest; the Long Mynd and Stretton Valley; the Clees and the Malverns. We then descend via The Farlands, towards Birtley Cross, to climb Deer Fold Ridge. Here we will be able to look down upon the Lime Brook valley. From there it is a gentle descent to Lime Brook mill, to pick up the course of the stream which we follow back to the Royal George for lunch and a well earned pint or two! There are two steep climbs and it may be muddy in places.

Wear sturdy boots, bring a phone to take pictures and money for drinks.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa2
  • Leader Paul Stanley
  • Grade 3
  • Length 9 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 09:00am
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 366 670
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £22.50 including coffee and two course lunch (excluding drinks)

Eight Peaks Challenge

 

Sponsor: Red Kite Fostering

You can take part in this event, either walking or running. You find your own way round, using a map. Go either clockwise or anticlockwise, it's your choice. The winner is the person or team who collects the most clipper marks and in the case of a tie, the fastest time around. Registration and info sheets with marker cards available from 9:00am till 12 noon from the event centre start: Red Kite Centre, The Meads, Kington, HR5 3DQ. You can check back in until 6:00pm and collect the Eight Peaks Challenge Certificate which will show your recorded time. The Event Centre will close at 6:00pm. The eight peaks are to the north and west of Kington and each gives a different perspective of the amazing views of the area. They range in height from 303 to 426 meters with Kington being at 170m. On each hill there will be a clipper to mark your card. There are also three extra clippers to assist you in keeping to footpaths and not stray. 

Explorer map 201 will be needed for this event.

There is an oak board displaying the winners names and times in the dining room of the Oxford Arms, Kington.

8 peaks 2

 

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa3
  • Leader Self led at own risk
  • Grade 4
  • Length 15 miles (approx)
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 09:00am - 12:00 noon
  • Duration At own pace
  • Meeting Point SO 300 568
  • Total Places 200
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £7.50

Three Peaks Challenge

 

Sponsor: Red Kite Fostering

The Three Peaks Challenge is a timed event that starts and finishes at Red Kite HQ (SO 300 568), Kington. Participants have to find and identify three targets on Hanter Hill (SO 252571), Yewtree bank overlooking Gladestry (SO 238553) and the summit of Hergest Ridge (SO 256562). This is a fun fitness event for all shapes and sizes. The furthest point from the start is approximately 4 miles and allowing for wandering around aimlessly the whole event could be achieved in under 10 miles and an hour and a half for the fastest runner! Alternatively you could take a picnic and enjoy the breathtaking views from this nationally renowned beauty spot. All finishers get a medal and free refreshments.

Explorer map 201 will be needed for this event.

First runners/walkers can leave Red Kite at 09:00am, last entry on the day 12:00 noon. 

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa4
  • Leader Self led at own risk
  • Grade 3
  • Length 10 miles (approx)
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 09:00am - 12:00 noon
  • Duration At own pace
  • Meeting Point SO 300 568
  • Total Places 100
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £7.50

A Wood, a Hill and three Long Distance Paths

 

We leave Kington via Ridgebourne Road and Yeld Wood to Vestry Farm and cross over the A44.  We walk along a lane and then steeply up to the trig point on Herrock Hill.  Continuing on high ground to join Offa's Dyke Path, we walk in an easterly direction across Rushock Hill to where it joins the Mortimer Trail.  We follow this down to the road at Rushock where we pick up the Herefordshire Trail which runs with the Mortimer Trail back to Kington.

Bring a packed lunch.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa5
  • Grade 3
  • Length 7 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 20
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £7.50

In the Heart of an Ancient Volcano

 

This walk will take us back 700 million years in time to when a giant volcano was situated near to Old Radnor. After alighting the bus at the base of Stanner Rocks, we will climb up onto the ridge of Stanner Hill, with excellent views in all directions. This is a special National Nature Reserve, as the rocks here are the oldest found anywhere in England or Wales. After an introduction to the geology and its effect on landscape and botany, we will head down and across the A44 to Worsel Wood and continue round the wood to the base of Hanter Hill. We will climb Hanter Hill on a circuitous route looking at the evidence provided in the rocks of past Igneous (fire formed) activity. The views westwards and northwards from the summit of Hanter Hill are stunning. To the SE the bulky ridge of Hergest points our way back home to Kington. This is a demanding walk with nearly 1500ft/450m of ascent, some of which is steep and over rough ground - walking boots essential.

Bring a packed lunch and bus fare.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa6
  • Grade 4
  • Length 8 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am for 10:10am bus
  • Duration 7 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 15
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £7.50 plus bus fare

Across Brilley Mountain

 

A minibus will take us out to the start point. From Huntington we head south to cross the River Arrow before ascending towards Brilley Mountain – a rather grandiose name for a modest summit of 283m. From Brilley the walk crosses rolling countryside to take in Cwmmau Farmhouse before joining Offa's Dyke Path to descend into Kington. An enjoyable walk on border countryside footpaths with a number of stiles to cross.

Bring a packed lunch.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa7
  • Grade 3
  • Length 8 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:00am
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £10.50 including transport

Dingles aplenty, and a waterfall too, around the ancient hunting grounds of Radnor Forest

 

This circular walk starts and finishes close to the curiously, but aptly, named Water Break-its-neck Waterfall and takes in some of the more remote stretches of Radnor Forest, where forest denotes its origins as an ancient hunting ground as much as woodland.  We climb steadily on good tracks to follow the western edges of the Radnor Hills, with spectacular views out over several dingles towards the Elan Valley and the Cambrian Mountains beyond. The route then crosses some high and exposed moorland, with some rough ground, before descending another dingle, named after a notorious Welsh murderer, with a final short detour to view the waterfall.

Bring a packed lunch and bus fares.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa8
  • Grade 3
  • Length 8 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 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 fares

Radnorshire at its Very Best

 

A circular walk from Evenjobb with four good ascents including Llanfawr, Whitton, Offa's Dyke footpath over Furrow Hill to Dolley Green and Dunn's Lane back to Evenjobb.

We will stop for coffee, lunch and tea so bring your drinks and picnic. Parking on the road next to Evenjobb Village Hall or in the Village Hall car park if available.

Additional Info

Remote Radnorshire; A Walk in the Hills

 

We will catch the 10.10am bus from Kington to the Fforest Inn before starting this beautiful, wild walk at Llynheilyn Lake.  After a steep climb over Bryn-y-maen, we descend to a stream, passing the shepherd’s hut at Pant Glas before climbing again to the Mawn Pools and then walking gently down to the village of Gladestry.  From there we follow Offa’s Dyke Path along Hergest Ridge to Kington.  Part of the walk takes us through an SSI area where we will meet the local gamekeeper who will walk with us for a short way and tell us how the moorlands are managed.  Throughout the walk, the scenery is inspiring with plenty of lovely spots to enjoy our picnics.

Please bring bus fare and a packed lunch.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa10
  • Grade 4
  • Length 11 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 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 fare

Ancient Trees and Trackways Revisited

 

Join us for a leisurely stroll along old Drovers' roads, Offa's Dyke path and ancient holloways around Herrock Hill, over Bradnor Hill and back to Kington. We will have time to enjoy remarkable old trees and hedgerows, including several Champion Trees. All this and stunning panoramic views. There are a couple of steep climbs and descents, and some stiles to negotiate. A minibus will take us out to the start point, and we will finish at the historic Olde Tavern pub in Kington.

Bring a packed lunch and money for drinks at the end of the walk.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa11
  • Grade 3
  • Length 7 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 10:30am
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch Yes you need to bring one
  • Price £10.50 including transport

Return of a Three Pub Ramble

 

Sponsor: Southbourne B&B

Leave on 12.10pm 461 bus alighting in the historic Walton Basin. The flat first section of the walk takes us by the mysterious Four Stones, along quiet lanes, byways and field footpaths before a short climb up to Old Radnor. Our first stop is at the magnificent Harp Inn, a former Welsh longhouse where we lunch while admiring the views across the Radnor valley. The next section through remote farming country takes us to the pretty village of Gladestry and a brief stop for a drink in the Royal Oak. The final stretch includes a short steep climb to a bridleway that leads us into the small village of Huntington where we finish in the Swan, a gem of a pub. After a drink by a log fire a mini bus takes us back to Kington at 6.30pm.

Bring money for bus fare, drinks and lunch.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa12
  • Grade 3
  • Length 9 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 12:00 noon for 12:10pm bus
  • Duration 7 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £10.50 including transport

Beware of the very last of the Great Welsh Dragons

 

This walk traverses the area between Presteigne, Kington and the hills of Radnor Forest taking in drove roads and green lanes, starting in a stunning remote valley at Cascob.  There are some fairly steep ascents and descents but these will be taken at a moderate pace to enjoy the views.  We shall finish with a visit to the church at Llanfihangel Cascob, one of four in the area dedicated to St Michael built as a safety net to contain the very last of the great Welsh dragons who lies sleeping somewhere beneath the mountains of the Radnor Forest.  

A minibus will take you out to the start point and return you to Kington.

Additional Info

  • Walk Number Sa13
  • Grade 2
  • Length 5 miles
  • Date Saturday, 23 September 2017
  • Start Time 1:30pm
  • Duration 4 hours
  • Meeting Point SO 295 565
  • Total Places 14
  • Packed Lunch No
  • Price £8.50 including transport


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