Our Top Things to Do in the area
View from Bradnor Hill
Stunning Country Walks
We are situated in the perfect walking country. Sitting on the border between the rolling hills of Herefordshire and the wild unspoilt uplands of Wales Kington is the picture-perfect place for walking. We are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most stunning walks in Britain with Hergest Ridge and Bradnor Hill being two of the most popular ones starting directly on our door step.
Hergest Ridge Walk
Hergest Ridge features some mind-blowing views across the Welsh Border country. On a clear day you can easily see Hay Bluff, the Black Mountains and up to the Malvern Hills. Hergest Ridge was the second record album by Mike Oldfield who also used to live in Kington and whose previous house can be spotted from our house. There are several circular options of walking the ridge with stops at country pubs. Why not take a break at the famous Hergest Croft Gardens and their pretty tea rooms on your way back. The walk will also take you past St Mary's Church which is worth a visit.
Monkey Puzzle Trees on Hergest Ridge
Bradnor Hill Walk
With magnificent 360 degree views over Herefordshire and Wales, Brandor Hill is another walk not to be missed. This walk takes you around National Trust land and at 1284 feet Bradnor Hill is the home of the highest 18-hole golf course in England. After the climb up, grab a refreshing drink at the club house and enjoy the wonderful views from their terrace or stop over for lunch before heading back down into Kington. For lazy walkers there is the option of driving up and parking their car at the club house to start the walk.
View from Bradnor Hill and Kington Golf Course
We are also directly situated on the Offa’s Dyke Trail and several of the walks include stretches of the path.
Castle Hill House is the perfect location to enjoy a Walking Break in Herefordshire and Wales. We provide leaflets of a range of walks for our guests in our B&B. Packed lunches can be provided.
A stroll around town
Kington offers fine views all round of the open countryside and the rolling hills of the marches. The town also has a lovely riverside recreation ground with the river Arrow flowing right next to it.
You will find a good variety of shops, including a shop for walking gear, a delicatessen, cafes, art galleries, a museum, a Tourist Information Centre, and a spa with gym facilities. Local country markets are held every Friday and Kington’s Art, Craft and Vintage market is held every third Saturday of the month.
Kington originally clustered around the impressive Church of St Mary which stands high on a hill overlooking the town. The church houses some fine Victorian stained glass windows and offers some interesting history to visitors who are very welcome to experience the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of this lovely church.
Travel into Kington’s past and learn some interesting and fascinating facts by going on a circular treasure trail. The route by takes you around the town, passing the river Arrow and St Mary's Church as well as some other buildings of historic interest. You can also visit Kington Museum which displays lots of interesting pictures and artifacts.
Visit the famous and beautifully landscaped gardens at Hergest Croft or visit the Small Breeds Farm with their large and amazing collection of owls.
Water Breaks-its neck Waterfall
This hidden gem is a wonderful, special place to visit and another one of our favourite walks. It is like walking through a magical fairy glen as you walk through a gorge along the side of a stream and past deep moss covered trees and rocks with a beautiful waterfall right at the end. The waterfall is most spectacular just after a heavy rainfall but this is a lovely walk at any time of the year.
One of the best scenic drives in the world
According to AA, the road leading through Elan Valley is ‘one of the 10 best scenic drives in the world’ and even achieved 'International Dark Sky Park' status in 2015 which means its the perfect place for star gazing without any light pollution around for miles.
Elan Valley offers some breathtaking panoramic views and is one of our favourite places for a day out whenever friends or family come to visit. The reservoirs and 6 dams were built in the 1890’s to supply fresh water to Birmingham and to this day are the working legacy of extraordinary Victorian engineering. The gorgeous unspoilt landscape stretches to 72 square miles and there is plenty of driving, walking and cycling to do. There is an information centre with a coffee shop with heaps of useful information. Well worth a visit, you will not be disappointed.
You can reach the waterfall via three different atmospheric and peaceful woodland walks. The easiest route is only a short 20 minute stroll from the car park. The other two walks are moderate and take between 1 to 2 hours.
Hergest Croft Gardens
Just around the corner from our B&B and on your way to or from Hergest Ridge, you will find the famous Hergest Croft Gardens. It has been owned by the Banks family for five generations and their roots in Kington go back over 200 years. The Estate extends over 70 acres offering more than five thousand rare trees and shrubs some of which are planted in our very own garden. The gardens are split into six unique areas offering some spectacular rhododendrons and azaleas in spring and some vibrant autumn colours from maples and birches. The Gardens hold the UK National Collections of Maples, Birches and Zelkovas.
It is conveniently situated and is the perfect place to go to after a walk on Hergest Ridge. They also have a gift shop and a tea room with a seating area outside for summer months, so relax and enjoy cake with a cup of tea.
Black and White Village Trail of Herefordshire
This 40 mile circular drive takes you through some of the prettiest villages in England with hundreds of beautiful timber framed buildings. Alec Clifton-Taylor described the black and white buildings in our region of Herefordshire as ‘unrivalled in England’.
The trail leads through the Herefordshire cider country with its rich landscape of orchards, beautiful hopyard settings and hills in the distance, taking in the charming timber framed houses and picturesque black and white villages along the way.
Experience Hereforshire country life and visit local shops, craft workshops, churches and places of interest and stop over at one of the many characterful country pubs or tea rooms on route.
This tour is an enjoyable day out at any time of the year. A brochure with a map of the route can be picked up at the Tourist information. Tip: Instead of taking the car, you can also cycle this route.