Kington

A centre for walking. Jaw-dropping views. Border country.

  • Gorgeous location, only minutes from the hills
  • Endless walking routes 
  • Fab cafes & deli
  • Easy drive to Leominster & Hay-on-Wye
  • Ideal base for the Black & White Villages trail
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Kington Boots


Lying in the Arrow Valley in the shadow of the imposing Hergest Ridge, Kington is a tiny town with a big character. Explore a constellation of art galleries, shops and cafes lining its historic streets, and lace up those hiking boots: as well as annual walking festivals, Kingston is surrounded by tempting routes. Offa's Dyke Path and the nearby Mortimer Trail nod to the area's tumultuous past.

Love Your Kington Break

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Hergest Ridge

Walking Heaven

Kington was made for walking! The hike up to Hergest Ridge is a classic, rewarding with dramatic views across the English-Welsh border. Offa’s Dyke Path and the Mortimer Trail nod to the area's strife-riven history, along with the Iron-Age hillforts, castle ruins and medieval battlesites that stud the countryside. Routes range from The Arrow Valley Walk and The 8 Pubs Challenge to short circular walks – visit a tree reputedly planted by Wordsworth. Enjoy a range of guided outings during Kington's annual Walking Festival.

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Hergest court

The Legend of 'Black Vaughan'

Pay a visit to St Mary's Church to admire the magnificent alabaster and marble effigies of Sir Thomas 'Black' Vaughan of Hergest and his wife, Ellen. Their peaceful demeanour belies the legends surrounding the couple. After Sir Thomas was beheaded during the War of the Roses, his restless spirit wreaked havoc locally, often appearing as a black dog or bull; a black dog is also reputed to haunt his home, the 13th-century Hergest Court, when a death is imminent. His wife Ellen 'the Terrible' is said to have avenged the murder of her brother by firing an arrow into the heart of his killer – her own cousin.

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Kington

A Heritage Stroll

Before heading for the hills, roam the historic town to discover two superb art galleries, a great deli, cookshop, eco-store, walking hub, the UK’s only traditional clog maker and some excellent cafes. Spot the distinctive red-brick Market Hall and clock tower, and drop into Kington Museum to learn the story of local life. Traditional timber-framed cottages stud the streets, and you'll also find an old tramway, a 13th-century coaching inn and an unusual water tower.

Out and About

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Kington

Black and White Villages Trail

Kington makes an ideal base from which to explore the area's celebrated picture-postcard villages. Drive or cycle between them, past hopyards, orchards and beautiful farming country – it’s a small slice of heaven.


 

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