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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT

By train The nearest train station approaching from England is at Hereford (20 miles). The closest stations approaching from Wales are Knighton and Llandrindod Wells (both are on the Central Wales line).

By bus There is a frequent bus service from Hereford to Kington (routes 461, 462, 463). But not on Sunday. Information on all bus services in Herefordshire is available at www.herefordmove.org. For timetable queries call traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or go to www.traveline.info. For information on bus services from Llandrindod Wells to Kington call Sargeants Buses on 01544 230 481. For information on bus services from Knighton to Kington call 0871 2002233.

Bus passes Only Herefordshire concessionary passes are valid for journeys into Wales (Powys). All other English passes are only valid in Herefordshire (not valid for journeys into Wales). Powys residents can use into Herefordshire.

Sunday We will provide free transport to Hereford Station, leaving Kington at 5:30pm. Please email us in advance if you wish to make use of this service.

By car The town of Kington is easily reached by car, being on the A44 from Worcester to Rhayader and the A4111 from Hereford.

Car parking There will be free car parking in Kington's public council car park for the four days of the walking festival! The walking festival is organising that the car parking charges in Mill Street car park will be waived for the four days from September 15th - 18th 2016.

Parking at the Co-op Benjamin Jones, Manager of The Co-op’s Crabtree Road, Kington, store, said: “The Co-op is pleased to support the 5th annual Kington Walking Festival. The event is a great way to encourage members of the community and visitors to explore the history and beauty of Kington and the surrounding area, and as a community retailer, we are delighted to support and encourage its work to promote healthy and active lifestyles locally. The Co-op’s food store in Kington will relax parking controls on its car park for the duration of this year’s event.”

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You can download an information sheet about Kington here pdfKington-information-sheet.pdf

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Kington Town

Kington is one of the great small towns of Britain: an elegant mediaeval market town, still in everyday use by some of the descendants of the people who built it. The Kington hinterland was once one of the country's largest Neolithic settlements, and is studded with Bronze Age tombs, mediaeval mottes and baileys and ancient churches. Kington is situated close to the Welsh border and for centuries was a centre for cattle drovers. Present day walkers are spoilt for choice. The Offa's Dyke Path national trail and the Herefordshire Trail run through Kington and the 30 mile Mortimer's Trail from Ludlow finishes at Kington. In addition a web of footpaths, accessible on foot from the town centre, awaits discovery.

Kington is home to England's highest 18 hole golf course. Other attractions include the nationally renowned gardens of Hergest Croft, a small breeds farm park and owl centre and a small award-winning Town Museum. Rising above the town our beloved Hergest Ridge affords wonderful views over Radnor Forest, to the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons, the Shropshire, Malvern and Cotswold Hills. Indeed, for many inhabitants, it is the glorious countryside which surrounds it that is Kington's greatest asset.

Kington Tourist Information Centre is manned by an enthusiastic group of volunteers belonging to the Kington Tourist Group who provide information on Kington and the surrounding countryside.

There are several independent shops that offer great personal service: two family butchers, a deli, a fishmonger and greengrocer, a vintage shop and another for restored tools, a kitchen shop and ice cream parlour and a gift shop plus a market on Friday offering fresh vegetables, artisan bread and a range of mutton products (as featured on Country File).

Kington is an historic market town on the English/Welsh border, and though on the western side of Offa's Dyke, it has been an English town for a thousand years.