The Catali Trail
This is an eight day trail ride staying overnight at varied and interesting accommodations. This is our flagship trail ride and explores the best trail riding country in the UK. 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 with an overnight stay at Abbeycwmhir. From here it heads all the way down to Builth Wells, the Eppynt and the Wye Valley. It is eight days in the saddle of 16-18 miles per day.
During this trail, riders are able to explore Beacon Hill a fine piece of hill with lots of tracks, great canters and panoramic views. It is a remote and seldom visited part of the Radnor Hills trail network and is highly rated by staff and customers.
For Freerein+ trail riders only . . .
Please note that this trail ride is only offered to those with previous experience of one of more Self Guided trail rides with Freerein. If you are contemplating your first Self Guided trail with us you can view a selection of suitable trails by following this link: horse riding holidays.
If some members of your group have done previous Self Guided trails and others haven’t, bookings on Freerein+ trails such as this one should be suitable for you and you are most welcome. If you are unsure please do not hesitate to contact us for a chat.
Heading north . . .
The ride to Old Radnor from Freerein could take you across the moors to the Royal Oak for lunch – but this would mean moving swiftly with plenty of trots. Otherwise bring packed lunches and ride via Glascwm Hill and Black Yat to Old Radnor. Here you stay the night at the Harp Inn/Bracken Ridge B&B.
To the Teme Valley . . .
An interesting and varied day first over Bache Hill and then the Radnor Fforest. The route then takes you via Monaughty and onto parts of Glyndwrs Way eventually leading to Knucklas and your night’s stop at Belmont Cottages B&B or the Castle Inn. Your evening meal is at the Castle Inn either way, 2 minutes from Belmont Cottages. Your horses stay the night a 10 minute walk away at a local farm.
Explore remote parts of the Freerein trail riding network . . .
A fantastic day follows covering the length of Beacon Hill, spending the whole day on open hill. Possible off piste detour to Radnor Arms pub at Beguildy for lunch. You then drop down off the open hill to Brandy House, your overnight stop in the Teme Valley. One of my personal favorite days on trail anywhere. From the Teme Valley you head west across Moelfre Hill, through Llanbister (possible lunch stop), cross the Ithon Valley following parts of Glyndwrs Way to Abbeycwmhir and a night at Laurel Bank Guest House. 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 here you head to Penybont (a possible lunch stop) then climb onto the westward edge of the Radnor Forest, along this and down to Llanfihangle Nant Melan. Here you stay over at the Red Lion Inn/Fforest Inn.
The Eppynt and Wye Valley . . .
From the Red Lion/Fforest Inn 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 Felin Fach and the Old Mill. 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.
To Belmont Cottages at Knucklas.
To Brandy House at Felindre.
To Laurel Bank at Abbeycwmhir.
To Red Lion Inn/Fforest Inn.
To Builth Wells staying at either Bronwye or Llanelwedd Arms.
To the old Mill, Felin Fach.
Return to Freerein HQ.
An amazing ride and a massive achievement named after two Freereiners who fist rode the route back in 2013.
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…
Brandy House B&B
Returning Freereiners riding the six day Ithon Explorer or 8 day Catali Trail will find themselves arriving off the beaten track at Brandy House Guest House for an evening; and what a treat it is! This 20 acre smallholding built several hundred years ago is in an idyllic rural setting. It is nestled in the…
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…
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…
A wonderful place to stay in Builth Wells is the four star Bronwye Guest House situated overlooking the beautiful River Wye. A warm welcome and comfortable stay is guaranteed. Bronwye combines Victorian character with modern comfort. As the closest Visit Wales graded guest house to the Royal Welsh Showground and the only accommodation situated in the park,…
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…