Horses fed and tacked-up, stirrups adjusted, girths tightened, maps and routes studied and checked – now climb or leap into the saddle and ride out onto the Begwns trail, an atmospheric expanse of bracken covered hill offering panoramic views across Wales and back across the Wye Valley to the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. This is the ideal start to a horse riding holiday for Freerein riders – wide firm grassy tracks between the bracken make for easy route finding and good canter opportunities.
Drop down from the Begwns before crossing the valley and climbing gently uphill to Painscastle. After lunch you climb out of Painscastle passing the mysterious ‘Ireland’ – an abandoned hill farm – and onto the heather covered moorland of Red Hill heading for Newgate or Goblaen, your overnight stops.
Stay at a welcoming hill farm or guest house…
These are not licensed so if you would like drinks for the evening just add them to your luggage for us to deliver. Your mounts stay close at hand in one of the farm’s fields.
All these trails return to Freerein with a choice of routes which allow ample time to amble through the hills, make detours along Llanbedr and Rhulen Hills and enjoying the canters on good grassy tracks through the bracken. You also have the opportunity to pass through Painscastle for a leisurely lunch. All routes then rejoin the north west corner of the Begwns. The trail then takes you on the other side of the Begwns with a detour to the highest point (the roundabout), highly recommended to take in the 360 degree views. From here you can see some of the terrain already explored and the scope for future holidays. Finally – drop down off the hill and return along the quiet lanes and through Cwmsirhwy wood to Freerein HQ.
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.
Return to Freerein HQ around 4-5pm for tea and homemade cake.
Fantastic riding on great horses in the stunningly beautiful welsh countryside.
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.