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Kington Walking Festival



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Our walking festival returns for its fifth year, already a firm fixture for all who love the great outdoors.

Nestled below Hergest Ridge, the historic drovers' town of Kington stands alone from a walking perspective, with more long-distance paths converging on the town than almost anywhere else in the UK. Our festival programme comprises 43 guided walks and one self-led walk. There are walks for all abilities, including a section of Offa’s Dyke, the 8 peaks challenge, a two day walks up on the moors, a tour of historic cider orchards, several pub rambles, some geology and archaeology themed walks and the chance to explore secret gardens in Kington. Plus a supporting programme of events, including an pre-historic archaeology talk on the Dorstone Hill dig around Arthur's Stone, a safety in the hills workshop and John Jones with the Reluctant Ramblers, to while away an evening or two. Do come and join us. You will certainly receive a warm welcome.

On Saturday 17th 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 2014 by Sam Mayglothling of Kington - stands at 2 hours, 25 minutes and 36 seconds. The event grows more popular every year; a new record is confidently expected in 2016. The Challenge starts at 9:00am and finishes by 6:00pm. Entry costs £7, and is limited to 200 competitors. You can enter online and register on the day.

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 16th 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 bookings on the day may go the the event HQ at the Burton Hotel Kington 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 2016