Original Freerein trail . . .
This highly recommended original Freerein horse riding holiday was first offered to customers back in 1991. Apart from a couple of accommodation changes this classic route has remained unaltered since. Over 5 days it circumnavigates the Radnor Fforest and climbs to over 2000ft, taking in some of the finest horse terrain and scenery the Radnor Hills have to offer.
Explore with your trusty steed . . .
Travelling from Freerein HQ over the Begwns through Painscastle you come to the end of your first day to stay at either New House or The Old Rectory. Both fine old guest houses and offering a very warm welcome for horses and riders. This is your first night on trail.
From your first night’s stop you travel over Red Hill travelling directly North before heading east towards the plain of New Radnor to stay at Old Radnor.
After New Radnor your trail takes you high into the Radnor Fforest via the tiny village of Bleddfa. Bleddfa means “place of the wolf”, for it is here that the last wolf in Wales is said to have been killed in 1997. A remote and ‘off the beaten track’ part of Wales. Bleddfa also has a pub – the Hundred House Inn – where riders can rest for a late lunch and beverages before continuing through the remote Cwm -y-Gerwynn valley and down to Fishpools to stop overnight.
Stay at interesting, unique accommodations on route . . .
From Fishpools travel west of the Radnor Fforest with the option to stop at the Severn Arms, Penybont for lunch. In the afternoon stunning views are on offer along a 3 mile ridge which is the route to your next night’s stop at the Red Lion Inn or Fforest Inn.
From Llanfihangel nant Melan you have a long day returning all the way back to Freerein HQ, lots of open hill with the possibility of great canters. A classic trail and a very satisfying 5 day horse riding holiday.
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.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day with possible stop at the Royal Oak for lunch. Riding to the Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge. Relax for the evening at the inn.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Fishpools. Relax for the evening and enjoy a home cooked meal.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day via the Severn Arms with choice of routes to the Red Lion/Fforest Inn. Relax for the evening at the inn.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day. Return all the way to Freerein HQ for around 5pm for tea and homemade cake.
Customer approach is superb. The horses are amazingly confident and happy . . .
On Trail Accommodation
Many of our holidays have a few 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 . If you wish to stay at a specific place please do let us know on your booking form but we cannot guarantee it. It is the riding holiday you are booking with us and not specific places to stay.
Your accommodation places are confirmed in writing when you are invoiced.
New House Guest House
New House Farm is an interesting working farm of 43 acres which has one of the biggest folds of Highland cattle in Wales. They are long haired, long horned and quite small, and you may pass them on the open hill as you approach New House. Non-vegetarian riders staying here may find part of a…
Old Rectory Guest House
Very comfortable, very hospitable. This old vicarage farmhouse has been restored to a high standard by Lee and Wendy Miles. It is situated with direct access for riders onto Newchurch Hill and the old green droving road which links Newchurch and Offas Dyke to the Edw Valley and Cwmfilo. Guests will find fascinating collections of…
Bracken Ridge B&B
A friendly welcome awaits at Bracken Ridge B&B. Even after a day in the saddle looking out across Wales you will be struck by the view from this B&B. It’s perched high above and looking down the Radnor Valley with Mid Wales to the west and Herefordshire to the east. Bracken Ridge is situated in…
Even after a day in the saddle looking out across Wales you will be struck by the view from this inn. The Harp Inn is perched high above and looking down the Radnor Valley with Mid Wales to the west and Herefordshire to the east. The Harp Inn describes itself as a traditional inn with…
Fishpools Guest House
Lower Fishpools is a traditional Welsh smallholding of 20 acres near the tiny hamlet of Bleddfa. A warm and friendly welcome is offered in cosy cottage accommodation amongst the peaceful surroundings of the Radnor Fforest. The grounds include the two pools that gave the house its name which are in the process of being restored.…
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…
Your Horse Riding Holiday
A real five day trail ride staying overnight at two guest houses and two country inns. Great riding on varied terrain with lots of route options.
We all look forward to welcoming you on The Radnor Fforest Trail . . .
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