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Knighton Town Guide
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Knighton Tourist Information and Travel Guide
Knighton – the town on the Dyke – is situated on the boundary between Wales and England. This attractive market town in Powys, surrounded as it is by rolling scenery, is the perfect spot to spend some time, particularly if you enjoy hiking, as it’s the centre for numerous popular walks. And an array of Knighton Accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets will start your visit off on the right foot.
The area in and around Knighton is rich in history and the small town has a number of interesting buildings many of which were built in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The Clock Tower is one of these – erected in 1872. This occupies a spot that once had a curious tradition: up until the middle of the 19th century, it is said that local men could obtain a divorce by bringing along their tethered wives and ‘selling’ them here!
Possibly the oldest building in Knighton is one with a half-timbered facade near the Clock Tower. This one, known as the Old House, is cruck-built and parts of it dates to the 1400s. And a former coaching inn on Broad Street – now the George and Dragon – has a history going back to 1637.
If you’re coming here for the walking then you could be spoiled for choice as two major national trails – Offa’s Dyke and Glyndwr’s Way – meet here. There is also an interesting town trail where you can absorb everything of note around the town and take a peek at a couple of castles mounds to boot.
In the Offa’s Dyke Centre, there’s an intriguing free interactive display which shows the Dyke – the vast barrier ordered by King Offa to define the western limit of Mercia and constructed between A.D. 757 and 796. The Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which stretches some 177 miles in total, has several routes close to Knighton which enables walkers to tread some of the path, and packs are available locally with full route details and maps.
The Glyndwr’s Way Trail came into being in the early 2000s and there are circular walks which take you around Knighton as part of the route. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is set at the eastern end of the town which, again, presents many delights for those who enjoy walking and enjoying the countryside.
If outer space, as opposed to green space, is more your thing, Knighton has that, too. The fascinating Spaceguard Centre is an observatory that is placed up on a hill above the town. Daily guided walks are available which explain its function in a fun and enjoyable way.
In fact, the Spaceguard Centre is quite unique – being the only organisation in the UK that deals with NEO (near Earth objects) including comets and asteroids that might, or sometimes do, collide with our planet.
Whether you are new to the charms of Knighton, or a returning visitor, you’ll be sure to find something here to captivate you, along with a place to stay that meets your needs in this selection of Knighton Accommodation.
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