Explorer Trail

Venture into the hills & stay overnight at a welcoming country inn or B&B.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Guided Explorer Trail.

Hit the trail

Arrive at Freerein HQ to meet your guide, fellow riders, and horses. Then ride out over the hills, covering between 15-20 miles to your overnight stop.  It is a fine, long and varied riding day in the saddle.

Join a ride or hire your own guide

You can either join this ride on set dates or you can hire your own guide. If you hire your own guide, you can start & finish on any days and dates throughout our season.

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Riders enjoy a drink at the Roast Ox Inn

Stay at a welcoming country inn or B&B

The Explorer Trail has four different route options, each with a spectacular two days of riding and an overnight stop at either an Inn or B&B.

Drovers Route:

Accommodation at The Roast Ox – a small independently owned inn in the middle of the hills. Offering excellent food and beverages and a log burning fire. Please note that when trails stay at the Roast Ox, the horses stay a few miles away. Transfer to and from the horses field is by road.

Wye Valley Route:

Stay overnight in the village of Glasbury at one of three warm and welcoming B&Bs, with your evening meal being served at the comfortable and refined Foyles bar and restaurant.

Old Radnor Route:

Stay at the The Harp Inn, a wonderful country pub with outstanding views of the Radnor Hills.  According to room availability, some riders may stay at Bracken Ridge B&B, just a 30 second walk down the road.  Your evening meal is still taken at the Harp Inn.

Melan Route:

Overnight at the Fforest Inn, a fantastic country inn with delicious home-cooked food and comfortable rooms.  The horses stay just outside.

Return relaxed and refreshed

After a comfortable night in the relaxing atmosphere of your accommodation, riders saddle-up for the return journey, with each route offering lots of open hill and fantastic canter opportunies.  Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, with views North taking in the Radnor Hills towards Radnor Fforest and the views South include the full length of the Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan to Lord Hereford’s Knob!

The usual return to HQ is for 4pm. Time now to unsaddle and finish your riding holiday with tea and cakes.

A relaxing and invigorating weekend riding holiday away from it all on a real trail ride.  The ultimate mini-break!

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Riders enjoy a drink at the Roast Ox Inn

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Freerein HQ at 9am. Meet fellow riders and guide. Pack your saddle bags then prepare your horses (guide on hand to explain any thing you are unsure of). Tea and see your route for the day, depart Freerein. Out on trail all day. Arrive, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field. Enjoy a relaxed evening at the Inn.

  • Day 2

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day. Return to Freerein HQ around 4-5pm for tea and homemade cake.

Horses and Riders on an Explorer Trail
Horses and Riders posing for the camera on the Begwns

We were bowled over by the organisation and friendliness of Freerein - can't wait to book a longer trip!

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

  • Roast Ox Inn

    This must be the hottest property in Painscastle. In the winter of 1969 it burned down under the name “Maesllwch Arms”. In the summer of 1991, under the name ”Black Ox”, it again went up in smoke. For a number of years it remained a burned out eyesore until it was lovingly restored in 2005.…

  • Fforest Inn

    The Fforest Inn is located in the pretty hamlet of Llanfihangel Nant Melan. One of Wales’ oldest pubs, The Fforest Inn was originally built in the 16th century as a Drovers inn. Steeped in history and recently renovated, it still retains many of its original features but now compliments them with a comfortable, welcoming environment.…

  • Harp Inn

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Glasbury B&B

    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…

  • 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…

Explorer Trail - 2 Days - £380pp

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Explorer Trail
Freerein Chester and rider enjoying their trail