Knighton stands on the banks of the river Teme, at a strategic point on the Welsh/English border.
The top of the town is the best place to start exploring Knighton. The streets still show roughly the outline of the castle and its bailey. Unfortunatley, most of the area of the castle, together with a section of Offa’s Dyke, is in private ownership and is not accessible to the public. Here is the ancient site of the town market of which the name Market Street is a reminder. Now walk down High Street and Broad Street. You can see how nighton escaped the cramped confines of the castle and expanded down the hill. The market expanded as well, and the area round the clock tower became the scene of the weekly Thursday market. Everything was sold, even wives. The last two instances being in 1851 and 1854 when wives were sold for one shilling. There is much more to see in Knighton, try the Cwm with its steep slopes and narrow roads leading either along the side of the valley or up to the castle. You can walk through Kinsley Wood which is the steep sided hill to the north of the town.
Much of the hill has been planted by the Forestry Commission, but there is a sizeable area of native oak woodland. Trees of different species have been planted and depict the letters “E.R.” on both sides of the hill to commemorate the coronation of our present Queen.
The town of Knighton would make a very pleasent spot for anyone wishing to spend a weekend on the Shropshire/Welsh border. It is an ideal spot for walkers, both dedicated and casual. Information is available from the local TIC on a number of walks along Offa’s Dyke.
Knighton by Colin Smith