Herefordshire’s Haunted Borderlands

Country Walking – February 2023

If you check out the February 2023 issue if Country Walking magazine, you’ll see my route from Kington up onto Hergest Ridge (and back) is this month’s Classic walking route.

Looking back at Hergest Court © Simon Whaley

It’s a seven-mile saunter that’s not to be rushed. Enjoy starting off gently along the banks of the River Arrow, before passing near Hergest Court, home to Black Vaughan and his mysterious huge black dog that terrorised the local people of Kington when Vaughan was killed in battle. Interestingly, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had family connections with Hergest Court. Could this be the inspiration for a certain Hound of the Baskervilles?

The remains of Castle Twts © Simon Whaley

There’s a good steady climb up onto Hergest Ridge. Do stop every so often to catch your breath, for if you look behind you, you’ll see some great views of the Brecon Beacons.

Looking back at the Brecon Beacons © Simon Whaley

Once up on the ridge, is a fine blow-away-the-cobwebs stroll back along the ridge, with some good views into Wales, As you make the return journey back down into Kington using Offa’s Dyke path.

Back into Kington © Simon Whaley