Activities offsite within a 30 minute drive
Dunfield House is ideal for walking with footpaths from the house leading to: Bradnor Hill, Herrock [Leading to Offa’s Dyke Path], Hergest Ridge, Stanner Rocks, Kington Town, Knill & Old Radnor Church. There are walks for all ages, abilities and many can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals within your group with meet up points by car so everyone can participate.
A small breeds farm and owl centre, The Owl Center is a magical place to experience animals, birds, and owls. Very interactive and hands on, independently managed, café. Approximately 10 minutes away – owlcentre.com
A small independent museum in the middle of Kington celebrating local life and legends, Kington Museum welcomes visitors of all ages. The development of educational packs to assist local schools, using local heritage resources to teach about a variety of subjects are available. They also have a Talking Tactile Tablet and a series of multi-sensory booklets to assist visually impaired users access information about their collections – kingtonmuseum.com
Historic Kington Town
Kington is an historic market town on the English/Welsh border, and though on the western side of Offa’s Dyke, it has been an English town for a thousand years. Kington possesses an attractive riverside recreation ground which houses the town’s cricket club and is the venue for many local outdoor events. Kington Golf Club’s 18-hole course on Bradnor Hill is said to be the highest in England, over 390 metres above sea level. Kington is a “Border Town” in the Marches in an area where it rightly claims to be a centre for walking For those self catering Kington has many independent traders. 1 NISA and 1 Co-op supermarket along with local bakeries, butchers, organic fruit, veg and fish and health shops. Approximate 5 minute drive – kingtontourist.info
Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Marches on the border of Wales and England. Surrounded by devastatingly beautiful, unspoilt countryside, this thriving border town has many unique qualities that make it both a perfect destination and a base from which to explore. Presteigne is fabulous small town with independent traders, craft shops, tea shops here, approx 20 minutes away – presteigne.org.uk
Quad biking, junior quads, raft building, paintball, aerial tree trekking, high ropes, climbing & abseiling, it’s a knockout, corporate activity days, team building, development, leadership training etc. Approx 25 minutes away – oakerwoodleisure.co.uk
The Welsh name for Knighton is Tref-y-Clawdd which means “Town on the Dyke” and it is the only Town that stands right on Offa’s Dyke. Knighton is the home of the Offa’s Dyke Centre and is the natural base from which to explore The Dyke.
The Dyke was built toward the end of the 8th Century by King Offa to separate the kingdoms of Mercia from Wales. It ran for 149 miles from Chepstow to Prestatyn and some 80 miles of The Dyke is still traceable today. Knighton is steeped in history with sloping winding streets and half timbered houses,the older part of the Town has a grid of streets reminiscent of an Edwardian plantation.
Knighton is an area of truly outstanding natural beauty and is a good place to visit whether you are striding the length of Offa’s Dyke or exploring the surrounding area. – knightontc.wales
The Thomas Shop Museum
The Thomas Shop Museum is distinctively nostalgic and evocative of times gone by. Established in 1730, the current shop is the modernisation of 1805, and spans 4 centuries of service to the community. Described as ‘the restoration of a village treasure’ it now contains an extraordinary collection of memorabilia mostly donated by members of the community. Lovely tea shop and home made cakes – thomas-shop.com
Judge Jules Lodging
Once called ‘the most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales’ (Lord Chief Justice Campbell, 1855), decay beckoned From the stunningly restored judge’s apartments to the dingy servants’ quarters below you can explore their gaslit world. Damp cells remind you of the building’s true purpose, along with the vast courtroom where your imagination in captured by the echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief.
Visitors to the building are accompanied by an eavesdropping audio tour of voices from the past; you will hear their tale, from Mary the hardworking maid, to Reverend Richard Lister Venables, Chairman of the Magistrates and employer of the famous diarist Francis Kilvert, portrayed by actor Robert Hardy. Approx 20 minutes away – judgeslodging.org.uk
Llandrindod Wells is a firmly placed ‘hub’ of Wales and hive of activity. Branching out from its fine central location are a wealth of historic places & events, natural & manmade beauty spots and future promise. In addition to the originality contained in the local arts and craft shops, the variety of products and services offered on and off the main streets there are numerous warm and welcoming restaurants. Llandrindod Wells truly has a character born of its ‘Victorian Heyday’; a well maintained and rustic charm – but with all the modern conveniences. Approx 30 minutes away – llandrindod.co.uk
A market town situated on the River Wye with walks, playgrounds and independent local shops, tea shops and restaurants’. Approx 30 minutes away – builth-wells.co.uk
Hergest Croft Gardens
Hergest Croft Gardens lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. With a Gift Shop and Tearooms the Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax – hergest.co.uk
Tucked away on the south facing slopes of The Radnor Valley this richly planted garden is a subtle tapestry of colour throughout the season.
In the main garden a yew walk leads into a box-edged parterre planted with bulbs, perennials and some unusual annuals. Beyond, an airy wiremesh “church” creates an eccentric and attractive frame work for roses and rare clematis. A small garden is scented by a hedge of Hidcote lavender, and a gate cuts through a beech hedge leading to the meadow beyond which even finer views of the surrounding hills can be seen from the balustraded toposcope.
This is an inspiring and satisfying place to visit and boasts a lovely tea shop with home made cakes. Approximately 10 minutes drive – whimblegardens.co.uk
An independently owned food hall, restaurant and garden centre – approx 20 minute drive – oakchurch.net