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 Goblaen or Newgate, both 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, Fforest Inn or Fedw B&B.
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 hamlet of Old Radnor where you stay at Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge B&B.
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 and 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 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.
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…
Goblaen Guest House
Goblaen Guest House is a fantastic place to stay. Friendly hosts and great food.
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.…
Severn Arms Inn
Situated in Penybont on the edge of the Radnor Forest not a restaurant with rooms, not a pub with accommodation, this is definitely a hotel. Lounge bar, public bar, large comfortable dining room, residents lounge, outside patio in the spacious tidily kept gardens, and, for many riders – what bliss – there are baths as…
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 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…