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Guided Horse Riding Tour in Wales

This four-day trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley. This is an incredible journey covering 70 miles, exploring the heart of Mid-Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and valleys, staying overnight at country inns and family run B&Bs along the way. The route is steeped in mystery and historic tales, dating back to the First Century. You will be guided by full time, paid adult guides who all have extensive knowledge of the horses, routes and the hills. They are relaxed, friendly and professional.

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

  • 4 days with riding activity
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours
  • Explore the open tracks of the Begwns and Hundred House
  • Pass the remains of Black Yatt and the mysterious grave of Twm Tobacco
  • Ride to stunning Hergest Ridge and with breathtaking views of the Black Mountains
  • Daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner
  • Your luggage is delivered by road
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 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. Accommodation is at B&Bs and inns along the route. They are all basic, quirky, characterful, family-run establishments that offer a warm welcome to trail riders.

Program

Overview

Relaxed, informal experienced guides, varied scenery, tracks, old green roads and traffic-free country lanes, open hills for the canters all leading to a friendly welcoming accommodation at the end of the day and in the company of a small posse of like-minded riders. Altogether fantastic guided riding holidays!

Arrive Freerein HQ on the morning of your trail to meet fellow riders, your guide and horses. Pack saddlebags then meet and prepare your horses and head out into the hills. As with all Freerein's guided riding holidays, there is a maximum of 8 riders when you join a ride on set dates. Your luggage is delivered by road. Each night the horses are turned out a short walk or drive from your overnight stop.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Begwns - Builth Wells (16 miles)

Arrive at Freerein HQ for 8:30 a.m. Meet your guide, your fellow riders and pack your saddle bags. Meet your horse and prepare them for a day out on the trail.

Out on the trail all day. Explore the open tracks of the Begwns, passing the ‘Roundabout’ an unusual landmark built in the 19th Centaury to honour Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. After lunch, drop down off the Begwns and cross over Rhulen hill and Aberedw hill to arrive at the horse’s accommodation for the night.

Feed and untack before a short taxi ride into the agricultural town of Builth Wells, where you will spend the night at a local B&B. Dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. at one of the restaurants in town.

Day 2: Hundred House - Old Radnor (16 miles)

Enjoy your first welsh breakfast of the trip before being picked up and taken to the horses. Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day. Sweep back across Aberedw Hill before dropping down into the hamlet of Hundred House. Today, Hundred House is a small hamlet but it was once regarded as a strategic location and was built by both Romans and Normans in the first century AD. From there, climb up onto Gwaunceste Hill and enjoy some fabulous panoramic views.

Pass the remains of Black Yatt, an old farmhouse built in the 18th Century which was blown up the 1960s to feature in a film about the second world war. Wind down through the country lanes to Old Radnor, where day two will end. Untack and feed the horses before heading to a local Inn for the night. Horses are a two-minute walk down the road.

Day 3: Hergest Ridge - Painscastle (16 miles)

Catch, feed and prepare your horse. Start the steep climb onto the spectacular 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.

Drop down through the Parish of Gladestry and follow the quiet country lanes to join part of the Offa’s Dyke path across Disgwylfa Hill, before passing through the village of Newchurch. Enjoy the views atop Newchurch Hill and Bryngwyn hill as you head down to the horse’s accommodation for the night. You will be transferred by road to a local Inn in the village of Painscastle - the location of the biggest and most brutal battle in all of Welsh History, The Battle of Painscastle in 1198.

Day 4: Llanbedr Hill - Aberedw (15 miles)

After breakfast, transfer back up to the horses. Catch, feed and prepare your horse. Head straight up onto the rugged moorland of Llanbedr Hill, taking in the spectacular views of the Black Mountains. Spot Pen-y-fan, the highest peak in South Wales. Travel the length of Landeilo hill where you'll pass the mysterious grave of Twm Tobacco.

Look down into the hamlet of Aberedw, where the last Prince of Wales - Prince Llewelyn - once took refuge in a cave hiding from the English in the early 13th century. After lunch, it's time for some exhilarating canters on the Begwns before a relaxing stroll down the country lanes back to Freerein HQ for around 4:00 p.m. Enjoy tea and homemade cake with your new friends before departing.

Tack type

Each horse has its own individually fitted English tack, customised and fitted professionally for Freerein. All horses are ridden in simple snaffle bits.

Rider’s experience

You must be happy and confident cantering in open spaces to join this ride. You will be riding around six hours each day, so riders 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

Breed of horses

You will be matched to one of the 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 seven months of the year and enjoying a five-month break over the winter months. They love their job and relish their happy, healthy lifestyle.

Riding declarations

All riders will sign the applicable declaration stating that they can walk unaided along tracks which may be steep and slippery, mount and dismount unaided, and trot and canter over uneven ground; that they understand that horse riding and handling are potentially dangerous and can result in injury or death, that they are riding this trail entirely at their own risk, and they do not suffer from any illness or disability which could prejudice their safety or that of others.

Location

Freerein's trail riding network is located in Clyro, Mid Wales - UK’s finest trail riding country.

The riding

The route on this trail is very varied, with stony tracks, open hills, river crossings, green lanes, and so on. The trails are a mixture of little-used bridleways, old council roads and timeworn drovers routes. The mixture of terrain means a varied riding pace each day; there will be lots of trotting to cover the distance and canters wherever the terrain allows. There will be points 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

  • 4 days with riding activities
  • All arrangements for the duration of the holiday
  • Trail riding horse, tack, saddlebags and other equipment for the duration of the holiday
  • Services of guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

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

If you are arriving by train, Freerein can arrange a seamless trail to station transfer at the end of your holiday. The cost is 50 GBP and saves you the hassle of trying to sort your own transport especially as taxis from Clyro are difficult to get due to its remote location. The transfer will be arranged to coincide with your arrival back at Freeein HQ on the last day of your holiday.

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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