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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
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 the constellation of art galleries, shops and cafes lining its historic streets, then lace up those hiking boots. A hiker's dream, Kington is surrounded by tempting routes, including Offa's Dyke Path and the Mortimer Trail (which starts here) which both tell of the area's tumultuous past. The town also hosts annual walking festivals.

Love Your Kington Break

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.

Bees Knees Cookshop exterior

Winter Delights

Move away from the mass produced by buying hand-crafted gifts from local designer-makers. The characterful market town of Kington is a magnet for makers. Find the work of contemporary artists & designer-makers as well as artisan foods. There's also shops to satisfy the adventure lover in your life. And once your shopping is in the bag, you can head for the hills. 


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


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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