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THE TRANS WALES TRAIL

OUR FLAGSHIP TRAIL-RIDING HOLIDAY, THE TRANS-WALES TRAIL, OFFERS UNFORGETTABLE WORLD-CLASS HORSE-RIDING ACROSS THE WILD AND BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS OF WALES.

During this holiday spent riding almost the length and breadth of Wales on native horses uniquely bred for the job, you will experience some of the most historic, beautiful and undiscovered countryside in Britain.

Please note, this is a challenge for experienced riders only. We cross from the Black Mountains to the Irish sea, over several mountain ranges, covering great distances, mostly off-road, and riders must be fit, have good stamina, and be comfortable riding at speed.

Crossing the River Elan

The route passes through four mountain ranges – The Black Mountains, Mynydd Epynt, the Elan Valley and over Plynlimon before a final gallop on the beach near Aberystwyth.

The route uses mostly forgotten bridle-ways, some open moorland crossings and several trails over private land. Luckily your guide Paul Turner has been riding these trails for over 20 years!

Day of Arrival: Guests arrive after 5pm, settle in, meet the horses and get to know one another over a home-cooked dinner.

Riding Day 1: We start with a local trail of around 12 miles, so that riders can get a feel for our horses and riding style.

We stop for lunch in a local pub, and afterwards head up onto the mountain where the hill-riding really begins.

We head back to Blaenau for a well-earned dinner. Guests are free to visit the local pub (1 mile away, bring/ borrow a torch for the way home!) if they wish.

Riding Days 2-4: We set off in the direction of the coast. These days will see us tackle mile after mile of rolling farming country, fast open moors and the high mountain commons – without doubt a horseman’s paradise. We overnight in comfortable accommodation ranging from fairly basic rooms above a pub to the historic Caer Beris manor hotel in Builth.

Horses turned out for a well-earned rest
Meeting the wild relatives on Llandefalle Common!

The final day, Riding Day 5, is literally a marathon day – 26 miles to the sea, crossing mountains with no trail to follow!

After a refreshing paddle in the waves and a gallop on the firm sand, you and the horses will be glad of the lift home, stopping en-route for dinner at the Blue Bell Inn.

Final morning: Bid farewell to your horse and fellow riders. Guests leave after breakfast.


Price: £1400 fully-inclusive.

What’s included: six nights accommodation, all meals, five full days trail riding, and all ride servicing – your luggage is driven on to each overnight stop meaning you don’t have to ride with bulky saddlebags.

What’s not included: drinks at dinner.

Add: a further 2 days/ 2 night fully-inclusive weekend. Friday becomes a rest day to visit nearby Hay-on-Wye with its fantastic range of  bookshops, vintage shops and cafes, or Brecon, or other options – then ride Saturday and Sunday on our local trails – for just £300 when added to a longer trail.

Please do have a look at our Facebook page where we upload plenty of pictures from each trail that we complete as the season goes on – they will give you a real idea of what our holidays are like! Just click on the little green F down the side of this page.

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2020 DATES:

May 16 – 22June 6 – 12June 13 – 19July 4 – 10July 25 – 31August 8 – 14August 22 – 28Sept 5 -11Sept 19 – 25

COST: £1400 fully inclusive except for drinks during lunch and dinner

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= suits all abilities, must be competent and confident at canter.

= will suit intermediate and experienced riders.

= challenging intermediate and experienced riders.

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