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Tour of Hergest Ridge   15 comments

Another week of wet weather back in February and another weekend that looked a write-off for a walk. Saturday came up with a short break in the heavy rain and I dashed out. Needing a short walk with a high start and no farmland, Hergest Ridge above Kington fitted the bill.


Fiercely windy and with dark scudding clouds everywhere I didn’t want to be out long and snag a soaking. Just a short tour of the “sights” as it were.

The Grove of Monkey Puzzle Trees.


The summit ponds.


A view out over mid-Wales and its brooding clouds from the summit (I did visit the Trig Pillar as well but neglected to grab photographic evidence).


The steep side peak of Hanter Hill.


Views across to Herrock Hill and Bradnor Hill where I’d visited a few weeks prior.


The Whet Stone (supposedly it wanders down into Kington every night for a drink!)


And then back to the car. Only out for an hour but cobwebs thoroughly blown away and fresh air in the lungs and through the brain.


Solo traverse of Hergest Ridge North Face and Hanter Hill South Ridge   4 comments


Well I had to do something to make these hills sound exciting.

Seriously a very fine stroll indeed when faced with a solo walk. TBF was in London watching the Piano Man himself, TJF was at a friends and TJS too lazy to come out, struggling as the was with his first week of early starts at college.


It was early September (I think!) and the first flush of Autumn colours were out. The forecast was pretty ordinary but it turned out to be a rather splendid day of powerful sunny intervals and dark brooding clouds



My target was Hanter Hill, a small subsidiary top to the north of the main Hergest Ridge massif. Thinking I was being clever, I thought I could traverse around to the col. Anyone who knows my local hills also knows that they are cloaked in the deepest bracken at this time of year. It was tedious wet and slippery and I cursed my way across the slopes for a good half hour on the faintest of paths



Thankfully I survived the jungle and arrived at the col under blue skies and swiftly climbed to the top of Hanter Hill



The views were impressive over the various ranges of heather cloaked hills and green valleys of this little known corner of mid-Wales



I even got an aerial view of the huge Gore quarry that seems to be completely devouring Old Radnor Hill


After a brief rest I headed down and back up over the main summit of Hergest Ridge, joining the many families enjoying some autumnal sunshine




Only a couple of hours but a nice walk if you stay on paths on don’t head off-piste into the wastelands of bracken!

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