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Kington Walking Festival

WELCOME TO KINGTON WALKS AND OUR THIRD ANNUAL WALKING FESTIVAL

Walks at a glance sheet 2014

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The festival includes 31 guided walks and 2 self-led walks. In the 2014 festival a linear walk, which will run over three consecutive days, provides an opportunity to walk the best forty miles of the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail. These are quiet, beautiful miles under a roof of skylarks, imbued with the odd aura of myth and intrigue that only the border country between England and Wales can provide. Starting in Hay-on-Wye, the walk will finish near the thirteenth-century castle at Clun.

Another highlight of the festival will be the Three Trails Day, when walkers will be able to sample a stretch of The Wyche Way – a new long-distance path, which when complete in 2015 will start in Kington and end in Broadway, Gloucestershire, where it will link up with The Cotswold Way in 2015.

Other walks: - Follow in the footsteps of the great diarist Francis Kilvert from Newchurch to the tiny, remote church at Llandewi Fach - Take a walk into the Darkness on haunted Hergest Ridge (torch and crucifix essential). - Sing along with John Jones, lead singer of the Oysterband - Explore the green lanes of Herefordshire - Thread the hills to Glascwm and the Giant's Grave - Take the family on a self-led ramble through Riddles on the Ridge.

On Saturday 20th September, Kington Walks once again hosts the Eight Peaks Challenge, now attracting serious attention from walkers, runners and orienteers. The Eight Peaks is an orienteering-style event, covering some fifteen miles and 972 metres of vertical, between the eight peaks of Bradnor, Hanter, Hergest, Herrock, Old Radnor, Rushock, Stanner and Worsell. Nearly all of it is off-road, much of it is owned by the National Trust, and some of it is on the Offa’s Dyke Path and the Dyke itself. It is a scenic and energetic day out for a walker, and a real challenge for a runner. Entrants should be confident map-readers, capable of working out their own route. The record – set in 2013 by Vince Playdon and Chris Howell of Hay Hot Footers - stands at 3 hours, 29 minutes and 8 seconds. The event grows more popular every year; a new record is confidently expected in 2014. The Challenge starts at 0900 and finishes by 1800, when there is a prizegiving in the Market Hall. There are prizes for the fastest overall, the fastest man, the fastest woman, the fastest team of two men, the fastest team of two women, and the fastest mixed-gender team of two. Entry costs £7, and is limited to 500 competitors. You can enter online and register on the day.

Note - Walks using public bus services.

All information is correct at time of writing. However both Herefordshire and Powys County Councils are reviewing public transport provision. Should a particular service be axed we will make alternative arrangements, walkers should be aware that this may entail a small extra charge for the walk.

Walk Gradings

All walks are graded according to their difficulty and length as follows:

Level 1 (Easy) = No steep gradients and minimal rough terrain.  These walks are suitable for most, including those with limited walking ability and families with children.

Level 2 (Moderate) = There may be some short sections of steep gradients and some rough terrain but any climb will be taken at a relaxed pace. These walks are suitable for most people of average fitness.

Level 3 (Energetic) = May include rough terrain, with steep climbs and descents. Requires a good level of fitness.

Level 4 (Strenuous) = Walks require fitness and stamina to cope with several steep climbs and to cover a good distance at a steady pace.

Dogs

We regret that dogs are NOT allowed on any of the walks.

Clothing

You will be expected to ensure that you are properly equipped for the grade and length of walk. For walks graded 2,3 and 4 walking boots, a waterproof jacket and trousers, warm clothes, gloves and hat and a rucksack are essential (it may be cold on the tops in late September). For other than walks graded level one we would strongly advise against walkers wearing jeans on any of our walks as these are not sufficiently weather proof. Walk leaders may refuse to take people who are not properly equipped or prepared.

Food and Drink

Ensure that you have an adequate supply of water (and a hot drink if you wish) and sufficient food for the length of walk – there are no cafes on the hills!  A packed lunch for an all day walk is strongly advised.  Where refreshments are included on a walk this is clearly stated.

Safety

Your leaders' duty is to the group and they may refuse to accept a walker whose clothing or equipment is unsuitable. If you choose to leave the group at any time, your leader is no longer responsible for you. Please have consideration for other people and keep mobile phone use to a minimum. We also ask all walkers not to smoke while on guided walks, out of consideration for others and to avoid undue risk of fire or littering the countryside.  No liability will be accepted for loss or injury that occurs as a result of taking part in any Walk or Event.

Age

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Timing

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start of each walk. This is especially important for walks that include a bus journey. Walks will commence at the given time, whether all participants have arrived or not. Please note that durations given for walks are approximate.

Booking

Please book your place in advance to avoid disappointment. We anticipate that many walks will become fully booked up before the day. After September 19th walks will only be available to book in person from the Kington Walks office based in the Burton Hotel. Walkers who wish to take a chance of late books on the day may go the the event HQ at the Burton Hotel Kington on the day but are reminded that spaces are subject to availability. Most walks are priced at £5.00 for a half day and £7.00 for a longer walk. Bookings are non-refundable except in the unlikely event that a walk is cancelled.

Download the Kington Walking Festival promotional leaflet here:

pdfKington Walks flyer 2014