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Herefordshire Walking Festival
Organized by Herefordshire Council.
2013 dates are:
15th to 23rd June.
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KINGTON WALKING FESTIVAL
19 - 22 September 2013For More Information CLICK HERE
WELCOME TO KINGTON WALKS AND OUR SECOND ANNUAL WALKING FESTIVAL
Our Festival programme this year comprises 29 guided walks and 4 self-led walks. By popular demand we are repeating some of last year’s routes such as the three pub ramble, an Elizabethan manor house and the historic Radnor Valley.
Among the new walks are three focusing on the wonderful trees growing in and around Kington, one of which is a guided tour of the renowned gardens of Hergest Croft. By way of contrast you might like to wander around the atmospheric remains of the house, park and gardens of the Eywood estate.
One of the highlights of the programme is a long distance linear walk, with transport provided, covering the entire length of the Mortimer Trail. We have divided the trail into 3 sections to be walked on consecutive days – Ludlow to Bircher Common, Bircher Common to Byton Hand, and Byton Hand to Kington. (Fr 1, Sa 2 and Su 1).
The Mortimer Trail is a 30 mile route from Ludlow to Kington, so called because the area was the heartland of the Mortimer family, holders of the most powerful of the Norman Earldoms. The route follows a succession of ridges, crossing three beautiful river valleys – the Teme, Lugg and Arrow and their tributaries. Whilst the hills are rarely over 1,000 ft there are strenuous climbs in places, always rewarded by glorious views of, for example, the Radnor Forest, Black Mountains, Clee Hills and the Malverns. Many of the upland areas are covered with woodland, with the tree cover being thinned along several sections to encourage wildlife and to offer improved views. For the most part the trail passes through undulating farmland and a number of commons, with a limited amount of walking along quiet lanes.
Our 2 self-led waymarked walks are in aid of charity, in 2013 we wish to support the Longtown Mountain Rescue Service.
If you are up for the 8 Peaks Challenge, this year you have the opportunity to have your performance timed – why not compete with friends!
Our final self-led walk is a short family fun walk on Hergest Ridge which has been planned specifically with 5-11 year olds in mind.