Shropshire Star

Clear view for south Shropshire walking festival

On a clear day you can see all the way from Hergest Ridge to the Clee Hills – which will be some of the landscape covered in a walking festival taking place in the coming weeks.

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The Clee Hills seen on a clear day from Hergest Ridge near Kington, 25 miles away

The view, across north Herefordshire and south Shropshire, was captured by photographer Andy Compton while out scouting for the forthcoming Kington Walking Festival, which takes place from September 21 to 24.

He said: "I am often in awe of the beautiful landscapes we have around the Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys borders."

The Clee Hills, the highest peaks in Shropshire, are 25 miles away by road from what is one of Herefordshire's highest hills, near Kington.

Hergest Ridge was made famous by a song title of the same name by musician Mike Oldfield. It lies on the Offa's Dyke Path and stands at 1,398 feet as it traverses the border between England and Wales. Brown Clee stands at 1,772 feet at the highest with Titterstone Clee Hill a little shorter at 1,749 feet.

A circular walk in south Shropshire is new to this year's walking festival, starting in Clun with an overnight stay in Bishops Castle.

This is complimented by more than 40 walks for people of all ages and abilities covering history, natural history, geology, industry, pubs landscape and much more. For more information visit