Lying at the foot of the famous Hergest Ridge is the historic market town of Kington. Situated in the heart of some exquisite hill country, it is a main centre for walking with two legs of the Offa's Dyke, one going south to world renowned Hay-on-Wye and the other north to Knighton - possibly the most lovely section of this 177 mile National Trail stretching from Chepstow in the south to Prestatyn in the north, with its abundance of wildflowers in May.
Kington was the confluence of a number of drovers roads and other footpaths converging or ending here are the Mortimer Trail, a 30 mile run up to Ludlow with 5 loops conveniently beginning and ending at pubs with roaring fires and good local food, and the Herefordshire Trial. For those happier to go by car, the Black and White Village Trail is marked by brown signs.
With its parade of independent shops Kington is refreshingly free of the normal high street chains. Local amenities include a riverside recreation ground, leisure centre and reputedly the highest golf course in England.
Kington was much filmed in the 1920s both by Gaumont News and by the canny local cinema owner who would go out on high days and holidays to film the gathering crowds. The following week bumper audiences would fill the stalls eager to see themselves up on the big screen. Among the delights from sports day was motorcycle football, played without helmets and not much fear either.
All films and events for Borderlines May Festival 2012 are now over.
For more info see www.kington.org.uk
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