Kington Footpath Scheme
The small historic town of Kington is an ideal place for a walking holiday.
The surrounding countryside offers walks of all types.
THE KINGTON FOOTPATH SCHEME has been running since 1991 and was awarded a grant under the European Regional Development Fund 5B to extend its programme of improvement and enhancement of the paths, bridleways and green lanes.
The Scheme is a partnership between the Open Spaces Society, the Herefordshire Council, who provide materials and Hereford Probation Office - with workers on Community Service Orders from the Courts doing the work with a Supervisor. Peter Newman accompanies these teams of workers on both of the 2 days a week the scheme operates.
Work in progress on a
7 metre footbridge in the parish of Huntington
The scheme's improvements and enhancements have included:
- Placing hundreds of signs and waymarks
- installing walking information boards with local maps and other relevant notices in each village
- provision of benches, picnic tables and seats in some locations
- installing stiles, footbridges, ditch crossings, kissing gates and dog stiles on popular walks
- co-ordinating the hard surfacing of the ancient Back Lanes in Kington Town (with a partnership of Local Authority, Rural Development Commission and local business.)
- Clearance and improvements of footpaths
These have led to a marked increase in both day visitors and longer stay visitors, who come to the area for walking in the wonderful surrounding countryside.
While we endeavour to ensure all footpaths are kept in good condition, we would appreciate you informing us of any problems or difficulties encountered.
More details and a map of cleared parishes can be found on the Open Spaces Society in Herefordshire webpage.
Come walking in Kington
The footpaths around Kington offer: a gentle walk through peaceful, rolling countryside, a stroll around Kington's ancient back lanes, a steep climb up Offa's dyke to look down on the highest golf club in England or walk up onto Hergest Ridge with views of Radnor Forest and the Welsh hills in the distance.
The Offa's Dyke long distance footpath passes through and the Mortimers Trail terminates in, Kington. The whole area and surrounding villages have a network of public paths to provide interesting walks for everyone.
History and Landscape - 12 Country Walks from Kington for a
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Visit the Kington Tourist Information Centre