Great Outdoors

Great Outdoors

Kington Walks: the one with the rivers

#3 Riverside romance | Grade: Easy Where? The Arrow Valley How far? 4.5 miles or about two hours Possible subjects of conversation: Snog/marry/avoid with three new Apprentice candidates, the best couples’ Halloween costumes, Dominos vs Papa Johns. Click here to head back to the Autumn Walks page. The route: -          Starting at the Clock Tower (again) take the High Street, then cross the roundabout (on to the B4355) and then the bridge. Pick up the Mortimer Trail signs, hop the stile and follow the arrow across the field. -          Keep following the waypoints until the route splits – take the righthand option, jump another stile and cross a stream (sometimes dry) using the plank. -          Walk towards a stone barn, and take a right when you hit a wire fence. Carry on in that direction over another stile and along a rough grassy track until you reach a gate with the River Arrow on your right – cross a stile and follow the old railway track, keeping the river on your right. -          As you cross the field, the weir will come in to view – look for a kissing gate in the hedge on your left. Go through it, and take a left on the lane.  Stay on it for about 15 mins, going straight over the cross roads. -          After about 200m, and after passing some houses, take a left on to a drive. When you reach the second cattle grid, take the footpath gate on the left. Follow the path until you reach a three-finger signpost, you need to go straight across keeping Bank Farm to your right. -           When you reach the corner of the field go through the gate on to a green lane (not the stile). -          Walk on it for about three minutes before going through the metal gate and aiming for the Barton Farm buildings. -          This lane will open in to a field, you’ll need go through it, then through another gate on to a stone lane. Go through the farm land and on to the small road in front of you. -          Bear right up the road past the stone barn and go through the gate on your left. Ignore the finger signpost and go straight ahead on the stony lane until you reach three gates – take the middle one and the yellow footpath arrow across the field, towards the church. -          Climb the stile halfway along the hedgeline and carry on in this direction in to the bottom corner of the field where there is another stile. Climb it and head downhill towards the main road. -          Cross the road, watching out for the chickens, and then the metal-railed footbridge over the brook. After that, take the lane to your left and follow it across old tramlines and past cottages and uphill slightly, bearing left at the junction in to the top of the square. From there, Church Street will take you back to your starting point.

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