Set in an area of naturally outstanding beauty is the truly remote village of Pontrhydfendigaid, known locally as Bont. Meaning ‘the bridge of the blessed ford’, Pontrhydfendigaid lies on the river Teifi; you will cross over the narrow hump backed bridge which spans this pretty river as you ride along the quiet main street of the village. Just one mile outside of the village lie the ancient ruins of the Cistercian Strata Florida Abbey which was founded in 1164. The impressive ruins of this once important abbey can be glimpsed from horseback as you trot the last mile or so toward Bont, as well as the spectacular entrance archway which still stands today.

Prominently located in this rural hamlet is the Black Lion. A welcome sight for riders as they approach the end of the longest day of the Trans Cambrian South Trail, a day of some 20+ miles. This warm and friendly inn has offered a base to drovers, pilgrims and travelers for centuries. The original coach house and stables now offer cosy, comfortable and well appointed en-suite rooms. The bar with its ancient beamed ceiling, huge inglenook fireplace and superb cask ales attracts a lively local trade. The traditional menu boasts food that is homemade, locally sourced and delicious.

Horses enjoy an evening spent just 5 minutes walk away; you may wish to pause to drop your saddle bags off at the Black Lion on your way past.

There is a small shop on the main street for those riders wishing to top up their saddlebags with snacks and supplies for their onward journey

A leisurely breakfast can be enjoyed in Pontrhyfendigaid before embarking on a much shorter but no less beautiful day of trail riding, exploring forests and waterfalls headed eventually for Devil’s Bridge.

Watch out for the Beast of Bont…

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