Explorer Trail

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

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

Hit the trail

Arrive at Freerein HQ for 9am to meet your guide, fellow riders, and horses. Then ride over the Begwns and on across the heather moorland of Glascwm & Gwaunceste Hill to the Roast Ox Inn. It is a fine, long and varied riding day in the saddle.

Join a ride or hire your own guide

You can either join an Explorer Trail on set dates or you can hire your own guide and ride this trail. 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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Riders enjoy a drink at the Roast Ox Inn

Stay at a welcoming country inn

The Roast Ox is a small independently owned inn in the middle of the hills. Offering excellent food, beverages and overnight accommodation for riders. 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.

They have log fires (burning real logs!) in the warm and cosy bars and meals are enjoyed by both residents and many regular locals. Food is good and sensibly priced. There are a couple of good real ales and the wines are affordable.

This friendly country inn is a favourite overnight stop for Freerein Riders.

Return relaxed and refreshed

After a comfortable night in the relaxing atmosphere of your inn, riders saddle-up for the return route through lots of open hill and back to HQ. The route travels the length of Llanbedr Hill and the length of the Begwns affording panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The views North take 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.

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Riders enjoy a drink at the Roast Ox Inn


  • 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.…

  • Red Lion Inn

    Picturesquely situated under the steep slopes of the Radnor Forest the Red Lion has catered for more riders than any other Freerein accommodation. During that time it has built up a trade and reputation to fit the description “restaurant with rooms”. There are two cosy little bars with log burning stoves, a simple and tasty…

Dates & Prices


Join a ride in 2019:

April 27th
May 11th
May 18th
May 25th
June 1st
June 8th
June 22nd
June 29th
July 13th
July 27th
August 10th
August 14th
August 20th
August 31st
Sept 3rd
Sept 7th
Sept 21st
Oct 5th
Oct 12th
Oct 19th

Hire your own guide in 2019:

Any days & dates -
Thursday 18th April to Sunday 20th October

Starts at 9am

Further information on dates


The price is £380pp per person including everything except your lunches and evening meals.

Further pricing information

Your Horse Riding Holiday

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

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

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Freerein Chester and rider enjoying their trail

Explorer Trail

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