A classic Freerein route & horse riding holiday. This ride circumnavigates the main area of the Great Cambrian Horse Trail network. Covering around 100 miles no part of your route is repeated.
An amazing adventure
Your seven day adventure through Mid Wales takes in a large variety of terrain and accommodation places. Starting at Freerein HQ you travel over open hill, through forests and secluded valleys, ford streams and canter over heather covered moorland. All the days are between 14-18 miles per day with options to vary the route on this horse riding holiday.
The Radnor Ronda travels extensively through both Radnorshire and Brecknockshire. These are two of the thirteen historic and former administrative counties of Wales. Both were abolished in 1974 and transferred their administration to the new county of Powys. Poverty and agricultural change, decline and industrial progress elsewhere has always made Radnorshire and Brecknockshire places of net emigration. This makes these areas the least populated of England and Wales.
You can still ride all day without seeing anyone, just your trusty steeds, riding companions and the occasional Red Kite for company.
Ride through perfect horse country
As on most trails your first day travels over the Begwns through Painscastle and on to either New House or Cwmfillo for your first night on trail. From here the route takes you northeast towards the New Radnor plain and a night at Old Radnor.
From Old Radnor the trail swings north and over the Radnor Fforest (the highest point in Powys) before coming gently to land at the smallholding of Lower Fishpools where a warm welcome awaits horses and riders.
From Fishpools you circumnavigate the western side of the Radnor Fforest and drop eventually down to stay at either Glanoer or Bettws. The fifth day on trail finds you exploring Gwaunceste Hill before continuing on to Rhosgoch and Goblaen or Bettws for your overnight stop.
From Rhosgoch the length of Llanbedr hill awaits then a night on the banks of the River Wye at Glasbury staying at one of three fantastic B&Bs. From Glasbury your last day brings you back to Freerein HQ. Well done!
This is an absolute favourite trail of Freerein customers and staff alike.
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 to Cwmfillo or New House. Arrive at your accommodation, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to the Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Fishpools.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Glanoer or Bettws.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Newgate or Goblaen.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Wye Knot Stop B&B.
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.
We loved the whole experience and the route was brilliant. What a sense of achievement.
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.
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…
Glanoer Guest House
A warm and friendly welcome awaits from Sue and Dave at Glanoer Guest House. Positioned in a picturesque rural location near to Hundred House in its own idyllic 8 acres, it is a supurb place to stay and relax for both horses and riders alike. You are free to explore the grounds here taking in…
Little Bettws Guest House
Little Bettws Guest House, located on the western edge of the Edw Valley, is a beautiful stone building, formerly a Victorian school, dating from 1874. This tranquil and captivating place is set within its own 5 acres of grounds with the River Edw, a tributary of the Wye, running through. Next door stands the small…
Bettws Mill Guest House
Bettws Mill is set in its own nature reserve with ancient oak woods and riverside meadow. It is a place of peacefulness in the hill country of mid-Wales which can boast fine starlit night skies. Your host Anne stewards the land in a way that encourages conservation and biodiversity – over fifty species of birds…
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…
This character cottage is in the small riverside village of Glasbury-on-Wye, just 4 miles upstream from the book town of Hay-on-Wye. Glasbury-on-Wye is on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, ideally situated to explore the gloriously unspoilt moorlands and valleys of Mid Wales. The cottage is in a lovely sunny position with views…
The Grange B&B
The Grange is a beautiful country house set in the foot hills of the Black Mountains, on the edge of Glasbury village just a stones throw from the River Wye and only 4 miles from the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye. You can enjoy a fabulous home cooked breakfast before you hop in the…
Chapel on The Green B&B
The Chapel (built in 1866) and interior are full of character and has everything you need for a great stay in a beautiful part of Wales. Really close to Hay on Wye and seconds away from the river with incredible walks and wildlife. Your hosts Graham and Matthew use the space as part of their…