Silver John Trail

Fifty miles trail riding through the hills with super routes, stopovers & scenery.

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

Arrive at Freerein HQ for 9am to meet fellow riders, your guide and horses. The Silver John riding holiday overnight stop overs are usually Roast Ox, Bracken Ridge & Harp Inn.

All are good sociable places to spend the night with the horses near at hand.

Please note that when guided trails stay at Painscastle, the horses stay a few miles away. Transfer to and from the horses field is by road.

Join a ride or hire your own guide

You can either join a guided ride 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 4 or more riders and £165 per day for groups less than four.

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En route to Old Radnor on day two of the Silver John Trail

Relax each evening at different country inns

Even after a day in the saddle looking out across Wales you will be struck by the view from the Harp Inn perched above and looking down the Radnor Valley. This is especially so when the weather is fine and one can sit outside and take in the scene.

The Harp Inn describes itself as a traditional pub with accommodation and restaurant – and it is. Oak beams, roaring log fire and antique settles.

It is a 500 year old Welsh longhouse and one can imagine that the bar has changed little since it was first built but the cosy upstairs bedrooms are now en suite. The carefully selected and well kept cask ales in the bar and the unpretentious restaurant serving locally sourced produce have generated a strong following from both near and far. We continue to have glowing reports from all riders.

On arrival each evening riders feed, groom and turn out their horses then perhaps take a drink at the bar whilst perusing the evening menu.

There is a maximum riding group of 8 riders on this riding holiday. Prices quoted are based on riders sharing twin rooms although single rooms are available.

A challenging and exciting way to spend a long weekend.

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En route to Old Radnor on day two of the Silver John Trail

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 anything you are unsure of). Tea and see your route for the day, depart Freerein. Out on trail all day to the Roast Ox Inn or the Fforest Inn. 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 to Old Radnor. Relax for the evening staying at either the Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge B&B.

  • Day 3

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

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Silver John Trail
Riders enjoying a sunny evening at the Harp Inn

A fantastic experience outside the normal guided hacking/trekking world

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.…

Night 2

  • 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…

Dates & Prices

Dates

Join a ride -

2018:
August 22nd
Sept 7th
Sept 28th - Fully Booked
October 5th

2019:
April 20th 2019
May 3rd 2019
May 17th 2019
June 14th 2019
June 28th 2019
July 12th 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 £595pp per person including everything except your lunches and evening meals.

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Your Horse Riding Holiday

Fifty miles trail riding through the hills with super routes, stopovers & scenery.

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

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Freerein Queenie posing for the camera

Silver John Trail

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