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Kington Walking Festival


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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.

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.


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


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.


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.


Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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.


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 2013