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Getaway Horse Riding Holiday in UK

This three-day, two-night trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English border in the Wye Valley. It is a fantastic, varied three days covering 45 miles, exploring the best of the Radnor Hills. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the green, rolling hills, ancient farmlands and heather swept moorlands with unbeatable views of the Black Mountains and Radnor Hills.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 92 kilograms / 203 pounds
  • Tack type: English tack, customised and fitted professionally
  • Horse breed: a mixture of hardy breeds native to the UK

Highlights

  • 3 days with riding activity
  • 6-7 of riding hours per day (total distance: 35 miles)
  • Trails consist of Grassy tracks, open hills, old green lanes
  • Calm and relaxed pace, with lots of trotting on the old lanes and canters
  • Full-time guides with extensive knowledge of the horses, routes and the hills
  • Horse, tack and saddlebags as well as back up and luggage delivery provided
  • Daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:30
Check-out Time:
16:00

All individuals are automatically booked a room for single occupancy. You will stay at basic, quirky, characterful, family-run establishments that offer a warm welcome to trail riders.

Program

Day 1 (total length: 14 miles)

Arrive at Freerein HQ at 9 a.m. Meet your guide, your fellow riders and pack your saddlebags. Meet your horse and prepare them for a day out on the trail.

Follow the quiet, country lanes up onto the rolling green hills of the Begwns. Wind through the soft, grassy tracks, passing the ‘roundabout’ an unusual landmark built in the 19th century to honour Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Enjoy a peaceful picnic lunch in the hills.

Dropdown into the valley before climbing onto Llanbedr hill. Notice the change in terrain from grass and bracken to heather and gorse scattered moorland. Spot wild Welsh Mountain ponies and Red Kites as you sweep around the hills, dropping down to your end location for around 4 p.m.

Day 2 (total length: 13 miles)

After a hearty Welsh breakfast, catch, feed, groom and tack up the horses. Blow away the cobwebs with some fantastic canters on Newchurch Hill before following part of the Offa's Dyke trail across Disgwylfa Hill. After lunch, enjoy the panoramic views atop Hergest Ridge.

Enjoy a canter around an abandoned racecourse on the very top of the ridge. This racecourse started up in 1825 and held regular events until around 1880. Pass the ‘Whet Stone’ a traditional gathering point where, in this case, would have been used for betting and bargaining. Dropdown off the ridge and head to your overnight stop.

Day 3 (total length: 18 miles)

After breakfast, head back to the horses. Catch, feed, groom and tack up. Follow the old country lanes across the remote Burl Hill to join the rugged farmland of Gwaunceste Hill. Pass the remains of Black Yatt, an old farmhouse built in the 18th century that was blown up in the 1960s to feature in a film about the second world war. Ride the old tracks and lanes to cross Bryngwyn Hill before dropping down through the hamlet of Painscastle, where one of the biggest battles in all of Welsh History took place in 1198.

From here, it's back onto the Begwns for the last canter before following the lanes back to Freerein HQ. Enjoy a cup of tea and homemade cake and say farewell to your new friends, horse and guide.

Level of riding and fitness

You must be happy and confident cantering in open spaces to join this ride. You will be riding around 6-7 hours each day, so you must have a good level of current riding fitness. You must be physically fit enough to enjoy long trots and long days in the saddle on this riding holiday.

Guides and group sizes

All Freerein guides are full time, paid adults who all have extensive knowledge of their horses, routes and the hills. They are relaxed, friendly and professional. The group is strictly a maximum of 8 guests per trail.

The horses

You will be matched to one of Freerein's incredible herd of fit, friendly, forward going trail riding horses and ponies. They are all a mixture of hardy breeds native to the UK. They live out all year round, working for 7 months of the year and enjoying a 5-month break over the winter months. They love their job and relish their happy, healthy lifestyle.

Tack and riding equipment

Each horse has its own individually fitted English tack, customised and fitted professionally for Freerein. All horses are ridden in simple snaffle bits. Your luggage is transported by the team, by road. Each rider will be supplied with one of our specially designed saddlebags to carry lunch, drinks, cameras etc whilst out on the trail.

Location

The route on this trail consists of lots of grassy tracks, open hills, old green lanes and so on. The trails are a mix of little-used bridleways, old council roads and timeworn drovers routes. The pace of the ride is calm and relaxed, with lots of trotting on the old lanes and canters wherever the terrain allows. There are also points along the route where it is necessary to dismount and walk with your horse, such as steep downhill tracks which may be loose underfoot.

Food

This horse riding package includes three daily meals per day, consisting of breakfasts, packed lunches, and evening meals.

Expect to be fed well on this trip; food is all homemade using locally sourced ingredients where possible. All accommodation places can cater for any dietary requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 full days trail riding
  • 2 nights accommodation on trails
  • All breakfasts
  • All packed lunches
  • All evening meals
  • Arrangements for the duration of the holiday
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
  • Backup as required
  • Services of guide
  • Luggage delivery

What's not included

  • All drinks at any bar
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

If travelling from Europe, fly into Birmingham Airport (BHX) and Bristol Airport (BRS). If travelling from outside Europe, fly into any London airport or Manchester Airport (MAN). From the airport, you can hire a car or catch a train.

Arrival by train

  • There are taxis & buses from Hereford to Hay-On-Wye

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Hire your own guide

This trail is also available as a bespoke product where you hire your own guide just for you and those you book with. The cost for hiring your own guide is 199 GBP per day per group + trail cost per person.

 

Availability

This horse riding tour is available from May to September 2022. Please select your arrival date below.

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