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6 Days Flagship Border to Coast Trail Horse Riding Tour in Wales, United Kingdom

Freerein Riding Holidays, The Coach House, Clyro, Hereford HR3 5LE, United Kingdom

Trail Horse Riding Expedition in Wales

This best-selling six-day, Border to Coast trail starts from Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley and finishes on the sands of the Dovey Estuary, Ynyslas. This is a real trail riding expedition, covering 100 miles, crossing Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and valleys, staying overnight at small inns and guesthouses along the way. You will be guided by knowledgeable and professional staff who have a passion for trail riding, the outdoors, horses and people. Last but not least, Freerein horses have a well balanced natural lifestyle and this shines through in their joie de vivre!

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

  • 6 days with riding activity
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Ride 100 miles across Wales from border to coast
  • Ride over the Dologau waterfall and pose for a photo under the old masonry Arch
  • Cross Nant-y-moch reservoir of Plynlimon - the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains
  • Enjoy a canter and a splash in the sea in a coastal plain of Borth
  • Daily breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

Check-in Time:
08:30
Check-out Time:
15:00

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.

Included excursions

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.

Please note that you will carry your own personal stuff for the trail in Freerein's specially designed expedition saddlebags). 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 saddlebags. Meet your horse and prepare them for a day out on the trail. Out on trail all day. Explore the open tracks of the Begwns and Llanbedr hill, passing through the Village of Painscastle, where one of the biggest battles in Welsh History took place in 1198.

After lunch, cross up and over 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.

Day 2: Builth Wells - Llanwrtyd (22 miles)

Enjoy your first Welsh breakfast of the week before being picked up and taken to the horses. Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on the trail all day.

Climb up to Pant-y-llyn lake high above Builth Wells, and follow the northern stretch of the Mynydd Eppynt down to Abergwesyn, where the horses will stay the night. A short taxi ride will take the group to the town of Llanwrtyd, where you will stay at a local inn.

Day 3: Llanwrtyd - Pontrhydfendigaid (18 miles)

Feed, groom and tack up. Out on the trail all day. Today’s route travels through the mid part of the Cambrian Mountains, across very remote terrain. Follow the ancient Monk roads, crossing large river fords, eventually dropping down to the historic Abbey at Strata Florida to stay the night at nearby Pontrhydfendigaid. Horses stay a short walk away with a local farmer.

Day 4: Pontrhydfendigaid - Ponterwyd (20 miles)

Out on trail all day. Ride through the small town of Fair-Rhos and out across a deserted valley, passing the remains of an ancient marketing village. Enjoy a peaceful ride through the Bwlchgwallter forest before crossing the bridge over the Dologau waterfall. Pose for a photo under the old masonry Arch built in 1810 to mark the Golden Jubilee of George III.

After lunch, follow the river out onto open moorland and down into the town of Ponterwyd, where you will stay the night at a local hotel.

Day 5: Ponterwyd - Llandre (17 miles)

Out on the trail all day. Follow the old mountain road up past Dinas Reservoir, on to cross the dam at Nant-y-moch reservoir at the base of Plynlimon - the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains. Get your first glimpse of the sea before heading down into the valley in Ceulanamaesmawr. Follow the bridleways looking out over Cardigan Bay before arriving at your final overnight stop.

Day 6: Llandre - Freerein HQ (7 miles)

A shorter ride over the hills before dropping down into the coastal plain and the seaside town of Borth. Enjoy a trot up the high street before arriving on the beach! Time for a canter and a splash in the sea before arriving at your final meeting point. Untack the horses and enjoy a cup of tea and an ice cream. Pick up is at midday. Arrive back to Freerein HQ for tea and cake and a farewell to the horses to finish around 3:00 p.m.

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 between 6-7 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 expedition.

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

  • 6 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
  • 5 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 10% 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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