Gardeners Cottage, Kington
Kington in the North West of Herefordshire, is one of the five market towns of Herefordshire long with Leominster, Bromyard, Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye. Kington, bordering with Powys, Wales exhibits a good mix of architecture and retains an agricultural air with a weekly livestock market close to the town centre.
Aptly named ‘a centre for walking’ it carries Walkers Are Welcome status, hosts its own walking festival Kington Walks in September and sits on the Offa’s Dyke Path, The Mortimer Trail, The Arrow Valley Trail, The Herefordshire Trail and the soon to be launched Wyche Way. Circular walks and those enabling visitors to explore the town are available from the Kington Tourist Information Centre on Church Street.
The River Arrow flows through the attractive Recreation Ground, home to Kington Cricket Club and venue for many outdoor events. Located on Bradnor Hill (National Trust), Kington Golf Club is England’s highest 18-hole course, playable 12 months of the year. Cloud Nine at The Burton Hotel provides swimming and fitness opportunities.
Swimming is also available at the privately run Dunfield House just outside the town. Lady Hawkins’ Leisure Centre also offers many sports facilities. Kington is set in excellent cycling and mountain biking country, taking you along quiet lanes or off road on bridleways such Hergest Ridge to enjoy the best of views across this border region.
Standing high and overlooking the town is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin. Parts of the building are Norman, notably the originally detached tower and the font. The fine stained glass windows and the superb alabaster tomb of Sir Thomas Vaughan and his wife are further points of interest in this peaceful haven.