Red Kite Trail

A real six day trail ride staying overnight at guest houses and country inns.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Red Kite Trail.

Starting from Freerein HQ you head northwards over the Begwns to Painscastle then east travelling the old drover trails and open hillside to stay at Goblaen Guest House. This horse riding holiday then continues northeast towards the New Radnor plain and a night at Old Radnor.

View magnificent Red Kites

This trail is named after the magnificent Red Kite. You may be lucky enough to see some on this trail. They are very distinctive because of their forked tail and striking colour – predominantly chestnut red with white patches under the wings and a pale grey head.

Persecution meant that the bird was exterminated in England, Scotland and most of Wales by the end of last century. Only in rural Mid Wales did the Red Kite hang on, their numbers down to just a few pairs. Thanks to the efforts of a number of individuals and organisations numbers are now increasing. Happily sightings of the Red Kite are now common on many Freerein trails.

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A magnificent Red Kite

Satisfying adventure

From New 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 coming to Newgate guest house for your final overnight stop.

Return relaxed and refreshed . . .

Your final day takes in Llanbedr Hill and the western side of the Begwns.

Then back to Freerein HQ for tea and cake – Well done!

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A magnificent Red Kite

Itinerary

  • 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 to New House or Cwmfillo. Arrive at your accommodation, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field.

  • Day 2

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to the Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge.

  • Day 3

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Lower Fishpools.

  • Day 4

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Glanoer or Bettws.

  • Day 5

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Goblaen or Newgate

  • Day 6

    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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Riders having a leg stretch out on trail

Steady hacks through forestry and exhilarating canters on open hillsides. Very little roadwork. Ponies were fit and willing.

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.

Red Kite Trail
6 Days
£1245pp

2019 Booking Conditions

2020 Pricing:
£1530pp all inclusive
[Single Occupancy £1680pp]

2020 Booking Conditions

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Horses and riders enjoy the miles of open hills