Old Drovers

A fantastic trail ride with overnight’s at a Guest House and a country Inn.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Old Drovers Trail.

This classic Freerein trail, which explores the best of the Radnor Hills, will have special appeal to riders seeking flexible length riding days. Each day can be shortened or lengthened according to how the legs, or other parts, are coping.

Diverse overnight stops

This trail also gives riders the opportunity to sample both of the main accommodation types available. Freerein offers dozens of different places to stay overnight whilst on trail. This divides mainly into welcoming Guest Houses and individual country Inns. The Old Drovers Trail stays at one Guest House and one country Inn – the perfect mix.

Head into the hills

The first day out from Freerein follows one of the Begwns Trails to end the day with a warm welcome at either Goblaen or Newgate guest houses. Riders who would like an evening drink, please remember to pack a bottle or two with your luggage and we will deliver.

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Riders enjoying the remote hills on the Old Drovers Trail

Lunch: Wayside inn or hillside picnic

The following day, follow remote heather moorland tracks with options to pause at either the Royal Oak or the Hundred House Inn or pause for a picnic lunch on one of the hills and enjoy the views on this horse riding holiday.

Your trail continues over the mysterious Black Yat to reach the Red Lion Inn, the Fforest Inn, or Fedw B&B on the edge of the Radnor Forest, in the afternoon.

Choice of route options

On the last day, great trail riding over large areas of open hill with stunning views around the heart of Mid Wales via Glascwm Hill to Painscastle. Perhaps enjoy a well earned beverage here at the Roast Ox, then continue on to Freerein over the Begwns to enjoy a final canter or two.


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Riders enjoying the remote hills on the Old Drovers Trail


  • Day 1

    Arrive at Freerein HQ at 9am. Pack saddle bags then prepare your horses. Go through your individual route pack & depart. Out on trail all day. Arrive at your accommodation, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field. Relax for the evening and enjoy a home cooked meal.

  • Day 2

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day with choice of routes to the Red Lion Inn/Fforest Inn. Relax for the evening at the inn.

  • Day 3

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day. Return all the way to Freerein HQ around 5pm for tea and homemade cake.

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Freerein Shadow and Mercury chilling enjoying their lunch break

The scenery was breathtaking and the trail wonderful, so many opportunities to have a good longer canter

On Trail Accommodation

Many of our holidays have a number of different accommodation places connected to the specific trail route that you are booking. Freerein book the places you stay at. You do not have a choice of accommodation as we book the best available to suit your group .

Your accommodation places are confirmed in writing when you are invoiced.

Night 1

  • Newgate Guest House

    In a beautiful rural setting, five miles from the iconic town of Hay-on-Wye, Newgate Farm offers accommodation for up to 6 guests and horses.  There are three attractive double bedrooms and two shared shower rooms with toilets. There are no single or twin rooms, so single travellers will have a double to themselves. Your steeds…

Night 2

  • Fforest Inn

    The Fforest Inn is located in the pretty hamlet of Llanfihangel Nant Melan. One of Wales’ oldest pubs, The Fforest Inn was originally built in the 16th century as a Drovers inn. Steeped in history and recently renovated, it still retains many of its original features but now compliments them with a comfortable, welcoming environment.…

  • Red Lion Inn

    Picturesquely situated under the steep slopes of the Radnor Forest the Red Lion has catered for more riders than any other Freerein accommodation. During that time it has built up a trade and reputation to fit the description “restaurant with rooms”. There are two cosy little bars with log burning stoves, a simple and tasty…

  • Fedw B&B

    Fedw Farm is set on a hill overlooking the Edw valley and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales.  The building is a 16th century hunting lodge which provides 4 star accommodation all year round. Fedw can accommodate up to six guests with various options of sleeping arrangements, most rooms are…

Old Drovers - 3 Days - £595pp

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A view from the saddle...