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 a guided trail on set dates or you can hire your own guide to ride this trail. If you hire your own guide, you can start and finish the trail on any days and dates throughout our season.

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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.

Border to Coast Lakeland’s Trail
6 Day X Wales
£1460pp

2019 Booking Conditions

2020 Pricing:
£1800pp all inclusive
[Single Occupancy £1680pp]

2020 Booking Conditions

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🗓 5th July 2019 - 1 Saddle Available (Mountain's)
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🗓 9th August 2019 - 3 Saddles Available (Lakeland's)
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🗓 20th August 2019 - 6 Saddles Available (Lakeland's)
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3rd September 2019 - Fully Booked
🗓 13th September 2019 - 2 Saddles Available (Lakeland's)
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🗓 25th September 2019 - 3 Saddles Available (Mountain's)
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Hire your own Guide – £165 per day

Pricing 2020 £180 per day

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