Rabbit farms were not uncommon in medieval times. An area just out of Presteigne, known as The Warren, gives away its original usage.
The unusual feature here though, is that most of its hedges are of gorse.
If you fancy adding some ‘mileage’ to your walk, you might like to start in England…
Presteigne’s 17th century bridge over the River Lugg spans the Welsh/English border
Near to Presteigne is the village of Norton. The village developed on land described in the Domesday Book as ‘a waste’.
With the Welsh Marches in turmoil as leaders battled for power, Owain Glyndwr fought the Englishman Edmund Mortimer, at nearby Pilleth. Mortimer’s archers changed sides and then he did too, giving Glyndwr victory. Mortimer went on to marry Glyndwr’s daughter.
Norton Church stands close to a motte and bailey dating back to the 11th century.
A number of trees along the walk are centuries old. It’s worth looking out for wide, gnarly oak trees, like these near the settlement of Thorn, which have a girth of over five metres.
For more Archaeological Information on this town including a map with interactive pointers please click the link: CPAT Maps