Border to Coast Lakeland’s Trail

Ride 100 miles from border to coast staying at five inns along the route.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Guided Border to Coast Lakeland’s Trail.

Ride across Wales from border to coast

The Border to Coast Lakeland’s riding holiday starts near the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley and finishes on the sands of the Dovey Estuary on Cardigan Bay – a six day journey in the saddle crossing Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and mountains.

Staying overnight at small inns along the trail.

A riding holiday expedition

Riders carry spare clothing and personal effects in expedition saddle bags attached to the saddle.

The route covers over 100 miles in total and is suitable for those who are happy and confident cantering and also have a sense of adventure!

The trail is a completely different route to the Border to Coast Mountain’s Trail.

Join a ride or hire your own guide

You can either join this trail on set dates or you can hire your own guide.

If you hire your own guide for your group you can start and finish the trail on any days and dates throughout our season (as long as we have a guide available). Hiring you own guide is free for groups of four or more riders and £165 per day for groups less than four.

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Horses and riders head down into Builth at the end of their first day on trail

Special Info

Border to Coast Trails have a couple of differences from other guided rides:
  • There is no luggage delivery, you carry your own personal stuff for the trail in our specially designed expedition saddle bags.
  • The accommodation places are small so you need to share a room with another rider during this trail. Most folks come as individuals and its a friendly and sociable.

Stay overnight at 5 different inns

This riding holiday starts by following the Wye Valley up to Builth Wells then along the northern edge of Mynydd Eppynt before heading further north into the Cwmdaudeur Hills – the vast wilderness forming the catchment area for the Elan Dams which keep Birmingham in water. A night’s rest here at Beulah.

From Beulah the route travels through the mid part of the Cambrian mountains. Very remote terrain this, and totally off the beaten track.

Eventually the route drops down to the ancient abbey at Strata Florida to stay the night at nearby Pontrhydfendigaid.

Day four travels out into the western side of the Cambrians and Elan Valleys and stays the night at Devil’s Bridge or Ponterwyd. A popular tourist attraction with beautiful waterfall walks (if you have the time and energy!).

An amazing adventure

On the fifth day riders traverse the southern edge of Plynlimmon to stay the night at Talybont.

From Talybont it is a leisurely ride to the coast at Borth then a 3 mile ride along the sands to Ynyslas to meet the equibus for the return journey to Freerein HQ.

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Riding holidays border to coast lakelands train
Horses and riders head down into Builth at the end of their first day on trail

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    For this riding holiday, you arrive at Freerein HQ at 9am. Meet your fellow riders and guide. Pack all of your belongings for the week into the Freerein expedision saddle bags. Meet and prepare your horse. Out on trail all day to Builth Wells. Arrive at your accommodation, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field. Enjoy a relaxing evening in Builth Wells.

  • Day 2

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

  • Day 3

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Pontrhydfendigaid. This is a very long day with lots of trotting!

  • Day 4

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Devils Bridge or Ponterwyd.

  • Day 5

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

  • Day 6

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail to the beach. Pick up is usually at 1 pm from the beach. We bring you and your horses back by road. Return all the way to Freerein HQ for around 4pm for tea and homemade cake.

Trans-Cambrian South Trail Map
Horses and riders on the final day of the trans cambrian south.
Final day crossing the coastal plain before finishing on Ynyslas Beach

Such beautiful varied landscape and fantastic views, the trip of a lifetime.

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.

Night 1

  • Llanelwedd Arms Inn

    The Llanelwedd Arms Hotel was built in the 17th Century and is full of character with its uneven walls, wood beams and traditional Welsh craftsmanship. Here you experience a warm and friendly welcome from Kath, Eileen and staff who will make your stay pleasant and comfortable. The hotel offers an excellent choice of food, and…

  • Cedars B&B

    Situated in Builth Wells, The Cedars Guesthouse is a 4-star rated guesthouse with views of the Wye Valley, free private parking and free Wi-Fi all a short walk to the shops, pubs and restaurants in town.  Each room includes freesat TV with over 200 channels, tea/coffee making facilities and en suites have complimentary toiletries and…

Night 2

  • The Trout Inn

    Beulah, nestled right in the heart of Wales is home to the modern and welcoming Trout Inn. Rooms here are all en-suite and comfortably sized. There is a wide choice of tasty home cooked food on offer and a good selection of wines and house ales to choose from. A cheery welcome from Colin awaits…

Night 3

  • Black Lion Inn

    Set in an area of naturally outstanding beauty is the truly remote village of Pontrhydfendigaid, known locally as Bont. Meaning ‘the bridge of the blessed ford’, Pontrhydfendigaid lies on the river Teifi; you will cross over the narrow hump backed bridge which spans this pretty river as you ride along the quiet main street of…

Night 4

  • Hafod Inn

    The Hafod Hotel is a sight to behold. Originally built as a hunting lodge in the 1700s it stands alongside the ‘Devils Bridge’ at the head of the dramatic waterfalls. It overlooks the spectacular wooded gorges of the Mynach and Rheidol rivers. Riders with energy still to spend are well advised to make the short…

Night 5

  • The White Lion Inn

    If you are riding either of the adventurous Trans Cambrian routes to the coast Self Guided or Guided, then your final evening out on trail will be spent at the White Lion in Talybont. Here you are in the county of Ceredigion where Welsh is the spoken language used in shops, offices and pubs –…

Dates & Prices

Dates

Join a ride -

2018:
Mountain's 6th July
Lakeland's 3rd August - 1 Saddle
Lakeland's 22nd August
Mountain's 7th September
Lakeland's 21st September

2019:
Lakeland's 10th May 2019
Mountain's 14th June 2019


Hire your own guide -

Start and finish any days & dates,
2018: Now to Sunday 14th October
2019: Thursday 18th April to Sunday 20th October

Starts at 9am


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Pricing

The price is £1460pp per person including everything except your lunches and evening meals.

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Your Horse Riding Holiday

Ride 100 miles from border to coast staying at five inns along the route.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Guided Border to Coast Lakeland’s Trail.

Riding holiday with freerein on the Trans Cambrian South trail ride.
Day 4, traveling the ancient monks road to Pontrhydfendigaid

Border to Coast Lakeland’s Trail

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