The Brecknock and Radnor Trail is a seven day trail ride staying overnight at three inns, one guest house and two B&Bs. It heads all the way up to the Teme Valley on the Shropshire border and then over to the Ithon Valley in remote Mid Wales then to Builth Wells, the Eppynt and Wye Valley. It is seven lengthy days in the saddle of 16-18 miles per day.
On this trail riders can tour a wonderful hill with lots of tracks, canters and panoramic views known as Beacon Hill. This rarely visited and remote part of the Radnor Hills trail network is highly rated by staff and customers.
For Freerein+ trail riders only . . .
This trail ride is only available to riders with previous experience of at least one Self Guided trail rides with Freerein. If you are considering committing to your first Self Guided trail you can view a selection of our suitable trails here: horse riding holidays.
You’re more than welcome to book and come along if some of the members of your group have previously completed Self Guided Trails. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’re still not sure.
Heading north . . .
The first day’s ride will take you from Freerein HQ to Old Radnor via one of two routes. You can either take the swift option across the moors to stop at the Royal Oak for lunch, or alternatively bring a packed lunch and ride via Glascwm Hill and Black Yat to Old Radnor. Once at Old Radnor, you’ll stay the night at either the Bracken Ridge B&B or the Harp Inn.
To the Teme Valley . . .
Day 2 packs in a lot of variety as you head over Bache Hill and then on to the Radnor Fforest. The route will then take you via Monaughty and across parts of Glyndwrs way leading eventually to Knucklas your second overnight accommodation at Belmont Cottages, a pretty B&B in the village. The Castle Inn is just a few minutes away and provides a great evening meal. Whilst at Belmont Cottages, your horses will relax on a farm around 10 minutes walk away.
Explore remote parts of the Freerein trail riding network . . .
You’ll cover the entire length of Beacon Hill through to Llanbister on this fantastic third day. You come eventually to Abbeycwmhir and Laurel Bank guest house, your overnight stop the other side of the Ithon Valley. One of my personal favorite days on trail anywhere. Worth a visit in the village is The Happy Union Inn whose sign features a rotund gentleman riding a goat and sipping a mug of ale.
From the Ithon Valley you head south following a beautiful trail along Glyndwrs Way.
From here on to Penybont and the Severn Arms Hotel, a possible lunch stop then over the edge of the Radnor Fforest to Red Lion Inn/Fforest Inn.
The Eppynt and Wye Valley . . .
From the Llanfihangel ride to Hundred House for lunch then more amazing hill over Aberedw and night in the market town of Builth Wells. Day seven sees you traverse the eastern edge of the Eppynt range to stay at either the Old Mill or Wye Knot Stop B&B. Finally cross the Wye Valley and trot over the Begwns to finish at Freerein HQ.
Arrive at Freerein HQ. Meet horses and check your maps and routes. Transfer to Painscastle where you start the ride from. Out on trail all day and stay overnight at Old Radnor.
Ride to Belmont Cottages at Knucklas.
Ride Laurel Bank at Abbeycwmhir.
Ride to Red Lion Inn/Fforest Inn.
Ride to Builth Wells and stay at Bronwye B&B or Llanelwedd Arms.
Ride over the Eppynt to Old Mill at Felin Fach.
Return to Freerein HQ.
Explore all of the best scenery and trail riding routes in the old counties of Brecknock & Radnorshire . . .
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.
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…
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…
Belmont Cottage B&B
When you first set eyes on Belmont Cottage B&B you will think “chocolate box”; the colourful hanging baskets and roses growing round the door are indicators that you are entering a delightful friendly little house. Indeed your affable host Avril Hoyle has been welcoming Freerein riders here for many years now. The cottage is traditionally…
Laurel Bank Guest House
Abbeycwmhir (Abbey in the Long Valley) is a village situated in the centre of Wales, nestled amongst the Cambrian Mountains, in the old county of Radnorshire. It is steeped in history and natural beauty as well as being virtually undiscovered by the modern world. A warm welcome awaits you on arrival, from the small vibrant…
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.…
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…
Fedw Farm is set on a hill overlooking the Edw valley and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales. The building is a 16th century hunting lodge which provides 4 star accommodation all year round. Fedw can accommodate up to six guests with various options of sleeping arrangements, most rooms are…
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…
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…
Old Mill B&B
The Old Mill in Felinfach is a 16th Century converted corn mill, peacefully situated in its own grounds with plenty of room for the ponies to enjoy a relaxing evening amongst Shetland ponies, chicken, geese and guinea fowl. Riders also enjoy it here with its cosy inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and relaxing atmosphere. Special attention…
Wye Knot Stop B&B
A warm and friendly welcome awaits from Sue, your host at Wye Knot Stop B&B. Amidst the vibrant window boxes and fragrant hanging baskets, this charming and well run little B&B is located in the pretty village of Llyswen, in the Upper Wye Valley. It is also a thriving café and tea room frequented by…
Bryndu is a traditional Welsh 17th Century farmhouse. The B&B is attentively run by its owners Mary & Wayne. Experience the flavour and feel of the countryside on a working farm, close to the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. You can be sure of a warm welsh welcome with a cuppa and homemade cake available…
PwllyCwrw – meaning pool of ale/beer pool – is a family home with a small flock of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep x Blue Texel. The family also have 5 horses, 4 of which are homebred eventers and hunters. It is an 18th Century building on a Drover’s route to Brecon, so may have once been…