Available all year round for £360 per person which includes two full days trail riding, and all meals. Arrive Friday evening for dinner, leave Sunday afternoon after your ride (or stay on and make a real break of it!)
We believe we offer the best value riding weekends anywhere in the UK – tell us if you find evidence to the contrary!
Single bookings welcome – there’s always a fantastic group atmosphere, and everyone rides and eats together, so you won’t feel left out. And no single supplement*!
Your weekend begins on a Friday evening – guests are welcome to arrive any time after 5pm, but some are later as they are coming after work. Dinner is around 8pm but if you’d prefer to eat en-route, just let us know – or we can keep some dinner by for you. After showing you your room and the house, you are welcome to wander up to the fields to see some of the horses, or take a walk into the village for a pre-dinner drink at the pub, or simply relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine. In the winter, there are cosy log fires in the comfortable lounge, and in the summer, there is a south-facing patio where you can catch the last of the day’s sun.
Dinner is a relaxed affair – you are welcome to bring your own beer or wine to enjoy, but there are always soft drinks and water on offer – just let us know what you’d like. Our food is home-cooked and simple, based on fresh local ingredients – we are really lucky to have a fabulous butcher, deli and grocers right in the village, and our eggs are either from our own chickens or the farm next door! We can cater for vegetarians and any other dietary requirements if you let us know in advance. Puddings and coffee/ tea follow. After dinner, we ask you to fill out some forms and we talk about the horse riding to come. Then we are on to more relaxing around the fire, maybe a board game or two, or an early night with a good book!
After a good breakfast to set you up for the day (either full Welsh breakfast or hot options like scrambled eggs), the day starts at 10am with catching the horses, grooming and tacking up, all of which we will instruct you in and help you at all times if you need it. Taking part in these activities mean that you develop a relationship with your horse before actually getting on, and it’s also a good warm-up for you, meaning you’ll be more relaxed and loose when in the saddle.
Either way, we are usually out on the trail by 11.30am. We are right in the Brecon Beacons National Park, so there are plenty of mountain trails accessible from our farm. You can expect relaxed riding through woods, country lanes, old drover tracks and bridle-paths, with long canters and gallops across the nearby open commons of Pengenfford and Talgarth. If the weather is on our side, we can get high up into the mountains where you will earn some fantastic views, although the scenery is great from low-down too! Some of the trails can be twisty, turny, up and down, bumpy and stony, but our Welsh cobs are built for the terrain, and are incredibly sure-footed – you’ll be amazed at what they can handle!
After around an hour and a half, or two hours riding, we reach a pub (sometimes a cafe) along the way, tie up our horses, loosen girths and remove bridles, and horses and riders alike take a break over lunch. Lunch is usually something simple like sandwiches and chips (you will have earned them!) Lunch is included in the price but riders will need to bring some change for drinks during lunch, although of course water is always available.
Back in the saddle around 2pm, we enjoy another couple of hours riding in the afternoon, before reaching the yard at 4pm. Riders help untack, groom and feed their horses at the end of the day, and wipe over tack, before relaxing over a well earned cup of tea and biscuits up at the farmhouse with the group at around 5pm, out on the stream-side terrace if the weather is still on our side!
Total riding time each day is between three and four hours, which is usually plenty for most people. The ride is designed to be relaxed but adventurous, with a certain pace to it, rather than a ‘trek’ where horses ride nose to tail. Our aim is for you to feel like you are out riding with a group of friends, in control of your own horse. Riders should be confident and competent at walk, trot and canter to get the most out of our rides.
Sometimes we take the opportunity to jump small ditches and logs, but these are always optional so please don’t worry, you won’t be forced out of your comfort zone, although you may welcome a bit of a challenge!
On Saturday evening, you’ll enjoy another relaxed dinner together, and then perhaps a walk down to the pub through the fields, or a game of ‘Horseopoly’ (which has been known to go into the small hours!) We also have plenty of DVDs if you fancy watching a film, or books that you are welcome to borrow. After a long day riding, many guests simply enjoy relaxing in front of the fire, sharing their stories and looking forward to the next day’s riding.
After another slightly longer day’s riding on Sunday, on a different route, you’ll finish the weekend hopefully feeling a bit knackered but relaxed and happy. You will have undoubtably made new friends – with horses as well as humans! And hopefully you’ll leave with plans to come back soon, perhaps for another weekend, perhaps for a longer more challenging trail!
What is included in the price?
For a weekend, you have two nights’ dinner, accommodation and breakfast, and two full days riding (3-4 hours total in the saddle) including lunch along the way (at a pub or cafe). For longer breaks, as specified in the trail descriptions. It is basically all-inclusive except for your drinks during lunch at the pub, and alcoholic drinks in the evening.
*We don’t charge a single supplement as long as you are happy to stay flexible and share with another rider of the same gender if necessary. It’s a super-sociable atmosphere with everyone riding, working with the horses and eating together anyway, so you don’t spend much time alone in your room in any case. If there’s no need for you to share, you’ll have a room to yourself. But if you really want a guaranteed single, we charge £40 per night, which helps to meet our loss for that surplus weekend space.
What sort of riding ability do I need to have?
Our trail rides are suitable for anyone who is competent and confident at walk, trot and canter, on uneven ground on forward-going horses. We are not suitable for complete beginners or novices who do not wish to canter, although we can sometimes organise private rides for people who might prefer a pace suited to their individual needs. Riders will be spending around 3-5 hours in the saddle each day, depending on the trail booked, so you will need to be fairly fit. We aim to suit riders to horses, so that more confident riders can enjoy a sparkier horse, whereas others may prefer a safe confidence-giving pair of hands. We get full details not just of your experience but of your confidence level when you arrive, which helps us match horses and riders.
Our horses are fine Welsh cobs, not the heavy type, so we do have a strict weight limit of 14 stone/ 88 kilos. In certain cases, for example for tall well-built people, we can horse slightly heavier people – please do let us know if you are over the limit so that we can make sure we can look after both you and our horses.
We can also run two day breaks mid-week depending on demand and availability – or indeed three, four, five day breaks… just get in touch!
Watch this space!
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Please fill in all relevant details and we will then get in touch asap to confirm things with you and send you payment details. We are a small, family-run business so it may take a few days to get back to you. A deposit secures your place, with the balance due a month before your holiday.
Alternatively, please call Paul or Emily on 01874 711500 anytime. Please do leave a message if we’re not there as we are often out riding or on the yard, and we’ll get back to you asap.