Long ago I went to school in Kington, in the days when the...
Long ago I went to school in Kington, in the days when the narrow High Street was the main road to mid-Wales.
Now there is a by-pass, the town traffic is light,and there is a good car park. It is worth diverting into the town for Real-Ale Pubs, decent pub food and coffee shops, a small delicatessen, and the sort of shops needed in a small town in a farming community as well as some specialist ones.
Many of the buildings are older than they look.There are some very attractive half-timbered buildings, especially along Duke Street, but the High Street shops tend to have plaster-rendered frontages and 18-19th-century windows which bely their age. St Mary's Parish Church is well worth a visit, and the nearby Lady Hawkins School building (opened 1632, sadly now a B&B) is worth viewing from the road.
The Small Breeds farm and Owl Centre is well worth travelling to see.
For golfers and non-golfers alike, the views from the highest altitude course in England (only just on the English side of the border with Wales) are splendid, while walkers will find a section of the Offa's Dyke Path nearby.
Hergest Croft gardens, surrounding a fine late-Victorian Country House have been created and tended by 4 generations of the Banks family, and offer beautiful walks and a good tea room.
The surrounding area has lovely half-timbered villages, medieval parish churches, ruined castles while the countryside offers cider orchards (and artisan cider, cheese and beers!), four or five different local breeds of sheep and the famous Hereford cattle against a backdrop of woodland, hills and mountains......
As a mature couple, it suits us well, and we have noted 'things to do' which suggest it is good for families looking for fresh air and rural activities.
The mobile phone cover can be patchy but free wi-fi is offered everywhere. Public transport is abysmal and a car is essential unless you are a devoted long-distance walker!