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Presteigne: The Whitton Walk

Distance:4 ½ miles

 

Starting from Whitton Church Car Park Walk back along the road , turning right at the cross roads, leading out of the community. Cross the bridge taking the gate to the right onto the bridle track leading along Litton Hill. As the Motte and Bailey earthworks of Castell Foel-allt come into view across the river. You will reach a gate, after 15 yrds turn left along a diverted bridle path with the fence to your right. (behind you is Pilleth Court and St Marys Church, note the three Wellingtonias commemorating the battle of Pilleth where in 1402 Owain Glyndwr defeated the forces of Henry 1V – This is noted in both the Doomsday Book and in Shakespeare’s play) At the gate turn right, keeping the fence to the right, to a hand-gate. Head up the dingle and follow the hedge as it breaks to the left. The enclosure hedge swings to the left as the ground levels, follow the green path through the bracken to arrive at the top of Litton Hill. Turn right, follow alongside the fenced enclosure till it breaks to the left. Turning half left, nake your way across to a bridge below a reed- filled pond. Follow the track along the fence to the ruins of Upper House and down the dingle to a gate leading onto a lane and then onto the road. Turn left past Litton Court Farm, and retrace your steps over Whitton Bridge back to the car park.