Geo-Trips :: Hergest Ridge Circular in the Snow from Kington, Herefordshire

Hergest Ridge Circular in the Snow

A walk from Kington, Herefordshire, Mon, 4 Jan 2010 by Trevor Rickard

A bitterly cold day with icy lanes and deep snow on the ridge. Sometimes the walker is the first to traverse fresh snow and this particular walk had plenty of that! How do those ponies survive?

Similar walk to LinkExternal link but a rather different feel.

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SO2956 : Mill Street by Trevor Rickard
Mill Street
Looking east with the wall of the Kington Football Club ground on the right.

SO2956 : Avenue of trees at the park by Trevor Rickard
Avenue of trees at the park
Looking west at the top of the park, with Park Avenue on the right.

SO2956 : The Recreation Ground by Trevor Rickard
The Recreation Ground
Looking east across the top end of the Kington Recreation Ground. The morning sun... more

SO2956 : Playing fields at Lady Hawkins’ High School by Trevor Rickard
Playing fields at Lady Hawkins’ High School
View east across the frosty playing fields. The school buildings are on the left... more

SO2856 : Footpath near Hergest Road by Trevor Rickard
Footpath near Hergest Road
Heading west along the hedge with lots of snowy footprints here. Houses on Hergest... more

SO2855 : Grassland west of Hergest Road by Trevor Rickard
Grassland west of Hergest Road
Looking west to the spur of Park Wood leading down to the lane.

SO2855 : Fields west of Kington by Trevor Rickard
Fields west of Kington
Looking north-east to the outskirts of the town. Mainly sheep country here.

SO2755 : Castle Twts - 1 by Trevor Rickard
Castle Twts - 1
Looking north to the Medieval motte and bailey castle, which was possibly... more

SO2755 : Castle Twts - 2 by Trevor Rickard
Castle Twts - 2
View north-east from the top of the motte across sheep pasture to Park Wood. The... more

SO2755 : Flanks of Castle Twts by Trevor Rickard
Flanks of Castle Twts
Looking east from the motte towards Hergest Court in the shadows below and the... more

SO2755 : Farmland south of Grove Farm by Trevor Rickard
Farmland south of Grove Farm
From Castle Twts looking north to a patchwork of fields. Grove farm is just in... more

SO2755 : Lane junction at Lower Hergest by Trevor Rickard
Lane junction at Lower Hergest
From the end of the Park Wood public footpath looking south-west along Upper... more

SO2755 : Lower Hergest by Trevor Rickard
Lower Hergest
View south-west along Upper Hergest Road with just a small cluster of houses... more

SO2755 : Telephone kiosk at Lower Hergest by Trevor Rickard
Telephone kiosk at Lower Hergest
View north-east along Upper Hergest Road. Odd place for a phone box, being well... more

SO2755 : Finger post on Upper Hergest Road by Trevor Rickard
Finger post on Upper Hergest Road
Looking east over the Arrow valley. The track on the right leads down to Mahollam Farm.

SO2755 : Upper Hergest Road by Trevor Rickard
Upper Hergest Road
A snowy scene looking west along this lane, which is mainly used by local farmers... more

SO2754 : Sheep pasture south of Upper Hergest Road by Trevor Rickard
Sheep pasture south of Upper Hergest Road
Looking south-east across the Arrow valley. Almost exclusively sheep farming west... more

SO2654 : Overlooking the Arrow valley by Trevor Rickard
Overlooking the Arrow valley
From Upper Hergest Lane looking south-west across sheep pasture. Strange narrow... more

SO2655 : Snowy farmland at Upper Hergest by Trevor Rickard
Snowy farmland at Upper Hergest
Looking north up Hergest Hill. The finger post indicates the public footpath off... more

SO2655 : Barn at New House by Trevor Rickard
Barn at New House
Looking west along a frozen Upper Hergest Road.

SO2654 : Lane at Upper Hergest by Trevor Rickard
Lane at Upper Hergest
View west along the lane on a frosty January day.

SO2654 : Buckstead House by Trevor Rickard
Buckstead House
On the north side of Upper Hergest Road.

SO2555 : Track up Hergest Hill by Trevor Rickard
Track up Hergest Hill
Farm track which heads north all the up to the top of Hergest Ridge.

SO2554 : Snow covered fields above the Gladestry Brook valley by Trevor Rickard
Snow covered fields above the Gladestry Brook valley
View south-west across the valley to the woodland at Lower Rabber. Days of heavy... more

SO2554 : Bend in Upper Hergest Road by Trevor Rickard
Bend in Upper Hergest Road
View westwards over the valley of the Gladestry Brook. Good views to the hillside... more

SO2554 : Lane junction at Upper Rabber by Trevor Rickard
Lane junction at Upper Rabber
Looking west along Upper Hergest Road. The entrance to Upper Rabber Farm is on the... more

SO2554 : Lane to Gladestry by Trevor Rickard
Lane to Gladestry
Looking west as the lane takes the dip to cross the brook at Rabber Dingle.

SO2454 : Lane to Gladestry by Trevor Rickard
Lane to Gladestry
Heading west along a straight section with the Gladestry Brook in the valley on... more

SO2454 : Sheep pasture above Llan-y-Felin by Trevor Rickard
Sheep pasture above Llan-y-Felin
Looking west with Yewtree Bank at the end of the Hergest Ridge on the right. Lots... more

SO2454 : Lane junction near Llan-y-Felin by Trevor Rickard
Lane junction near Llan-y-Felin
Looking west at the junction. Turn left for Huntington and straight on for... more

SO2354 : Icy lane east of Gladestry by Trevor Rickard
Icy lane east of Gladestry
Looking west along the lane towards the premises of The Purple Funeral Company... more

SO2354 : The Purple Funeral Company - 1 by Trevor Rickard
The Purple Funeral Company - 1
Situated on the south side of the lane is W H Hughes & Son. Perhaps an unusual... more

SO2354 : The Purple Funeral Company - 2 by Trevor Rickard
The Purple Funeral Company - 2
Looking east at the entrance to the Offa's Orchard green burial ground on the... more

SO2354 : House and snowman below the Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
House and snowman below the Hergest Ridge
Looking north from the lane to land which rises steeply to the west end of the... more

SO2354 : Gladestry village sign by Trevor Rickard
Gladestry village sign
View westwards along the lane. Offa's Orchard on the right.... more

SO2354 : Gladestry Brook valley by Trevor Rickard
Gladestry Brook valley
From the lane looking west to Gobe Hill and Glan-yr-afon wood on its right-hand... more

SO2355 : Lane at Broken Bank by Trevor Rickard
Lane at Broken Bank
View west down the steep slope and overlooking the rooftop of the house below. In... more

SO2355 : Lane climbing the Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Lane climbing the Hergest Ridge
View east up the steep slope. The last house up this entrance lane is in the trees... more

SO2355 : Farm track climbing the Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Farm track climbing the Hergest Ridge
Looking north-east up the track, which is buried in six inches of snow. Sheep... more

SO2455 : Sheep pasture at Upper Rabber Farm by Trevor Rickard
Sheep pasture at Upper Rabber Farm
Looking east across the patchwork of fields on the south flank of the Hergest... more

SO2455 : Sheep pasture at the Gladestry Brook valley by Trevor Rickard
Sheep pasture at the Gladestry Brook valley
Looking south-west across the valley, with sheep country on both sides.

SO2455 : The Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
The Hergest Ridge
View north-east up the spine of the ridge. Tracks in the snow indicate a couple of... more

SO2455 : Long distance path indicator on the hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Long distance path indicator on the hergest Ridge
Pointing to the right to take Offa's Dyke path up and over the ridge back all the... more

SO2455 : Snow-covered Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Snow-covered Hergest Ridge
View west along the north side of the ridge. Colva Hill across the valley on the... more

SO2455 : North side of the Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
North side of the Hergest Ridge
From above Wern Farm looking north-east up the ridge. Hanter Hill on the left.... more

SO2455 : Bales of bracken on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Bales of bracken on Hergest Ridge
Looking north-east up the spine of the ridge. This centre section of the ridge was... more

SO2455 : Snow-covered Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Snow-covered Hergest Ridge
View south-west down the spine of the ridge to the valley at Gladestry. Colva Hill... more

SO2456 : Lone tree on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Lone tree on Hergest Ridge
View north-west across the Walton Basin to the Radnor Forest in the distance. No... more

SO2456 : Snow-covered path to Wern Farm by Trevor Rickard
Snow-covered path to Wern Farm
Heading north-west down off the Hergest Ridge. On the right of the small wooded... more

SO2456 : North side of Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
North side of Hergest Ridge
Looking west from the Wern Farm path. Colva Hill overlooking a patchwork of sheep... more

SO2456 : Small valley near Hanter Hill by Trevor Rickard
Small valley near Hanter Hill
Looking north towards Knowle and Dolyhir Quarry, with the steep slope of Hanter... more

SO2555 : South flank of Hergest Hill by Trevor Rickard
South flank of Hergest Hill
The track winds along the hillside through the snow-covered bracken. Dinmore Hill... more

SO2555 : Tracks up the side of Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Tracks up the side of Hergest Ridge
Four-by-four track heading up the south side of the ridge. The highest point of... more

SO2455 : Ponies on the Hergest Ridge - 1 by Trevor Rickard
Ponies on the Hergest Ridge - 1
Looking north-west across the Walton Basin to the Radnor Forest hills on the... more

SO2455 : Ponies on the Hergest Ridge - 2 by Trevor Rickard
Ponies on the Hergest Ridge - 2
View west along the top of the ridge towards Colva Hill in the distance.

SO2455 : Ponies on the Hergest Ridge - 3 by Trevor Rickard
Ponies on the Hergest Ridge - 3
View north to the hills of the Radnor Forest - Bache Hill at the centre and Great... more

SO2556 : Summit cairn on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Summit cairn on Hergest Ridge
This pile of large stones sits at the highest point, which is slightly higher than... more

SO2556 : Way marker post on the Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Way marker post on the Hergest Ridge
Between the two summit cairns and pointing northwards towards the Radnor Forest... more

SO2556 : Trig point on the Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Trig point on the Hergest Ridge
View north towards the Radnor Forest. Immediately above the trig point is Whimble... more

SO2556 : Pony on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Pony on Hergest Ridge
View north with Hanter Hill on the right and the Radnor Forest in the distance.... more

SO2556 : Lunch time on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Lunch time on Hergest Ridge
I watched this pony paw away the snow to get at this small gorse bush and then... more

SO2656 : Freezing conditions on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Freezing conditions on Hergest Ridge
View south from the racecourse to the Black Mountains in the distance. The sun is... more

SO2656 : Stand of monkey puzzle trees by Trevor Rickard
Stand of monkey puzzle trees
This stand of ten monkey puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana) is becoming a landmark,... more

SO2656 : Snow-covered plateau on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Snow-covered plateau on Hergest Ridge
View south-west from inside the old racecourse, which runs around the top of this... more

SO2656 : Offa's Dyke Path crosses the old racecourse by Trevor Rickard
Offa's Dyke Path crosses the old racecourse
View east with Bradnor Hill on the left. The way mark post with the acorn sign... more

SO2656 : Offa's Dyke Path on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Offa's Dyke Path on Hergest Ridge
Heading east off the plateau. Bradnor Hill on the left.

SO2656 : Path to Kington by Trevor Rickard
Path to Kington
Offa's Dyke Path runs east at the end of Hergest Ridge. Quite a lot of snow at the... more

SO2756 : Lone seat on Hergest Ridge by Trevor Rickard
Lone seat on Hergest Ridge
View north from the main path. On the left hand hill is Navages Wood. On the right... more

SO2756 : Offa's Dyke Path near Yeld Wood by Trevor Rickard
Offa's Dyke Path near Yeld Wood
View east along the main path off Hergest Ridge, with Yeld Wood on the left. The... more

SO2856 : Ridgebourne Road by Trevor Rickard
Ridgebourne Road
Heading east past Hergest Croft gardens on the right. Footpath to Haywood Common... more

SO2856 : Hergest Croft car park by Trevor Rickard
Hergest Croft car park
On the north side of Ridgebourne Road. Closed and all quiet on this snowy January... more

SO2856 : Snow covered field north of Ridgebourne Road by Trevor Rickard
Snow covered field north of Ridgebourne Road
Looking north from the lane across Back Brook valley to Bradnor Hill, home of... more

SO2856 : House on Ridgebourne Road by Trevor Rickard
House on Ridgebourne Road
Attractive house on the south side of the lane, complete with decorative woodwork.... more

SO2856 : End of Ridgebourne Road by Trevor Rickard
End of Ridgebourne Road
View east to the junction with Montfort Road. Always in the shade in the winter,... more

SO2956 : Entrance to St Mary's Church by Trevor Rickard
Entrance to St Mary's Church
Short entrance road leading up to the churchyard, which has a commanding position... more

SO2956 : St Mary's Church by Trevor Rickard
St Mary's Church
Parts of the church date from the 12th century, including the base of the tower.... more

SO2956 : Church Street in winter by Trevor Rickard
Church Street in winter
Heading south-east down the hill to join High Street at the bottom, with snowy... more

SO2956 : Kington Town Football Club by Trevor Rickard
Kington Town Football Club
The ground is situated on the south side of Mill Street. On the right is a small... more

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