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Local Activities

Hergest Ridge

Walking

The Marches is a wonderful place for walking and the old railway line footpath leading directly from Millie’s field, makes it easy to stride straight out without the need for a car.

Offa’s Dyke, a long-distance waymarked footpath which traditionally marks the border between England and Wales, runs close by Presteigne and is easily accessed via the neighbouring small towns of Knighton, where you’ll find the Offa’s Dyke Information Centre, and Kington where several long-distance paths converge to make this a regional walking hub, hosting a major walking festival in September. A favourite easy, if quite steep, walk ascends from Hergest ('har-guest') Croft Gardens to Hergest Ridge - made famous by musician Mike Oldfield - offering a wonderful 360-degree panorama taking in several neighbouring counties. Once up here, past the landmark clump of monkey puzzle trees, you can continue on to the village of Gladestry where you'll find the welcoming Royal Oak with a lovely garden for a pub lunch. It's roughly an hour to the monkey puzzle trees and a further hour to Gladestry.

Wild Swimming 

You’re very welcome to ‘go wild’ in the Hindwell, which borders Millie’s field. In summer it’s quite small and shallow but will certainly cool you off in a heatwave. 

 

Golf

Kington, a 10-minute drive away, boasts England’s highest, and surely one of its most panoramic golf clubs, set within wild National Trust land. It’s well worth a walk round here, with or without clubs (open to non-members). 

 

Canoeing

The River Wye is a picturesque place to either learn to canoe or to hone your paddling skills. The nearest centres are at Hay-on-Wye.

 

Stargazing

With so little light pollution, stargazing from your hut (clear weather permitting) may well be a highlight of your visit. If you want to learn more, on the edge of Presteigne is The Spaceguard Centre, an observatory that monitors asteroids and comets near the earth, and is open to the public.

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