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The local area guide to living in Kington

Kington is an attractive market town neatly positioned in the northwest of Herefordshire. It affords glimpses of its agricultural past with its weekly livestock market and picturesque countryside. The town is known as a major centre for recreational walking, and in fact hosts its own ‘Kington Walks’ festival every September. Kington sits on a number of notable walking paths, including the Herefordshire Trail, the Mortimer Trail, and Offa’s Dyke Path, among others. This draws many visitors to the town, particularly when the weather is nice.

The town centre is well worth a wander, with its blend of architecture including half-timbered cottages. The lush Recreation Ground hosts the Kington Cricket Club, while there’s also a golf club and leisure centre for sport and recreation. The Church of St Mary the Virgin features stained glass windows and Norman architecture, while the central village hosts independent shops and a Victorian-era Market Hall. Visit the Kington Museum to learn more about the history of the area.

Information about the local residents

Just two miles away from the Welsh border, Kington maintains close links to nearby Welsh villages like Presteigne. However, the town has been English for over one thousand years and, as a result, residents retain a distinctly English sense of identity. The area’s economy has been tightly linked to agriculture over the years. Farming, retail, and service industries are all major sources of employment, along with tourism in the summer months. Just over 20% of Kington residents were listed as ‘small employers and own account workers’, according to the 2011 Census, which indicates that there is a high percentage of entrepreneurs and small business owners in this town.

At the time of the latest Census, the total population of Kington Ward was 3,240. The average household size in Kington was 2.2, with 59.8% of households in owner occupied accommodation. However one-third of residents lived alone, which is higher than the national average.

Nearby schools

Kington is known for its good schools. At the secondary level, Lady Hawkins High School and Sixth Form College is a comprehensive school located near the town centre. Founded in 1632, the school includes three houses and a new Sixth Form Centre. Students achieved 80% A-C GCSE Mathematics results in 2015, as well as good results in English, Humanities, Science, and Modern Foreign Languages. Tennis courts and an Eco Classroom round out the facilities.

Younger students can attend Kington Primary School. This is a close-knit school with strong points that include its ‘strong family atmosphere’, as noted in the latest Ofsted inspection. For the youngest residents of Kington, the Little Orchard Day Nursery is the local preschool.

Getting around

Regular bus services connect Kington with nearby villages that include Knighton, Presteigne, Leominster, and Newton. Buses also run frequently to Hereford, often operated by Sargeants Brothers, a local bus operator founded in the 1920s. The nearest train station can be found in Knighton, with the Heart of Wales Line running through. Leominster also offers a train station, and is a short drive away from Kington.

Motorists can access Kington via the A44 road, which skirts around the town due to a recently constructed bypass. It’s a 35-minute drive to Hereford via the A44 and A438. Cardiff is 1.5 hours away, while Birmingham is just under 2 hours.

Local shops

Kington is home to a variety of independent shops and local services for residents to enjoy. As a major walking and golfing centre, it also offers a number of outdoor and country stores. There are several gift shops, along with charity shops, a fishmonger and butcher, an electronics retailer, and a Co-operative Food Market. Local cafes include The Chocolate Box, and Border Bean, while Loafers Patisserie is known for its fresh bread and pastries.

Kington offers several regular markets, held on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Stallholders provide seasonal produce, handmade crafts, used books, and general bric-a-brac. Residents can also travel a bit further afield to the Maylord Shopping Centre in nearby Hereford. Retailers here include Argos, Clarks, and others.

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