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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Kington Walks: the one with the views and the golf course

#2 Horizons and hillsides | Grade: Moderate/ Extra-moderate (depending on your route) Where? Bradnor Hill How far? Either 4 miles and around two and a half hours, or 2.5 miles (about an hour). Possible subjects of conversation: Top three romantic comedies, Would golf would be more entertaining if players wore roller skates, Clouds. Click here to return to the Autumn Walks page. The route: -          There are two options to start with, you can either park up at the Kington Golf club, or walk up there from town. Skip on if you’re driving to the clubhouse. -          From the Clock Tower head NW, taking the right by the War Memorial and going through the square to the left corner,  and then, in the next square to the far right corner where you can pick up the Offa’s Dyke footpath signs for the next kilometre. -          You’re going head down to the river and cross it, then cross the A44. Follow the Offa’s Dyke signposts through several fields and kissing gates until you reach the  golf course through a gap in the bracken. Follow the yellow posts, through the course until you hit a tarmac road. -           Follow this to the left, continuing on this lane for 750m – give way the golfers when you cross the two fairways – until it becomes a stony track,  and then leads to two grass paths. Take the righthand path and aim for a wooden hut when you see it.rr -          Go to the right of the hut and the ninth tee, follow the path and swing left behind the 10th tee – take the narrow righthand path with a view of Kington, and start heading downhill. -          After about 800m, and head down the stony path, bearing right to avoid the fairway before picking up the narrow grass path that descends through the bracken.  -          Take a left just before the trees at the bottom and look for the wooden gate in the corner. -          If you want to go back to the golf club car park from here,continue on the grassy path following the field wall on your right until it bends right – then go through a shallow gully to the left and pick up the path and follow it towards the clubhouse, where you bear right going below it to reach the car park. -          To return to Kington, go through the gate and take the sunken path between the walls. Follow this across newton Lane, and eventually across the A44. Take the footbridge over Back Brook and turn left to follow the old tramway. Two kissing gates later, follow the track to reach the road at Crooked Well and retrace your steps to get back to the Clock tower.
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Kington Walks: the one with the views and the horses

#1 360-degree views and wild horses | Grade: Easy Where? Park Wood & Offa’s Dyke How far? 3.5 miles, or about an hour and a half (optional extra 1.5 miles/ one hour) Possible subjects of conversation: Things wild horses couldn’t drag you away from, Pumpkin spice lattes, Which Kardashian will be the next US president. Click here to return to the Autumn Walks page. The route: -          Head West, through the Rec and in to Lady Hawkins School grounds. Follow the marked path through a kissing gate in to a small field, and then through another gate where you turn right on the road. -          Walk along the road for about 125m, then take the path on the left (over a stile). Follow the hedge for 100m, then bear right and leave the field over a stile. Turn left and follow the lane over two cattle grids until you reach Park Wood. -          When you reach a white cottage, take the right-hand track. When you reach a junction of footpaths marked with a finger post, take the right path past a quarry, and uphill until you reach the end of the wood.    -          Go through a timber gate and then a metal one, before turning sharply right on to a track. Follow this permissive path through several fields and kissing gates, with great views back over Kington, until you reach a wide grassy path - the Offa’s Dyke National Trail. -          To return (short version) simply head right, following a track downhill, until you reach a tarmac lane which will take you back to Kington. -          Or to take in the spectacular Hergest Ridge, take the left along the Offa’s Dyke Path. It will start to climb for around 1km, reaching a crossroad of paths – take the left one. This will take you on a loop around the ridge, returning you back here, where you retrace your steps before returning to Kington as detailed above.

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