The Eppynt Explorer is a four day trail ride staying overnight at the Old Mill or Wye Knot Stop B&B, the Llanelwedd Arms, Cedars or Bronwye B&B in Builth Wells and the Red Lion Inn/Fforest Inn. The trail explores the upper reaches of the Wye Valley and the eastern side of the Eppynt Mountains. It is four long days in the saddle of 16-18 miles in length.
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.
Travel a different way from Freerein HQ
Unlike nearly all other trails from Freerein HQ this trail heads directly south west rather than north onto the Begwns. This allows easy access to the banks of the River Wye which this trail follows upstream for a number of miles. These flat fields offer great canter opportunities and completely different scenery to other trails. Please note that there is an unavoidable 1 mile section of main road necessary to join the trail along the Wye, however it is straight with wide grass verges. Your trail brings you down into Llyswen where you will find Wye Knot Stop B&B.
For those heading on to the Old Mill, head up onto the beautiful but seldom explored areas of Brechfa and Llandyfalle Hills offering the green rolling, open hills that are the more familiar terrain of Freereiners. After swinging south the trail leads you to the small village of Felin Fach and The Old Mill. Here you have a choice of two inns to eat at both just 50 yards from the Old Mill.
Out and over the Eppynt
Refreshed and refueled, day two finds you skirting around the edge the Eppynt on remote open hills and forestry before descending down to the River Wye. Here you stay the evening in Builth Wells at the Llanelwedd Arms or Bronwye B&B while the horses graze peacefully on the outskirts of town.
Please note that there are often large events on in Builth Wells so the Eppynt Explorer trail is not always available on weekends.
Ride in perfect horse country
The third day starts with a small amount of main road before a steep climb onto Aberedw Hill and stunning views back over the Eppynt and Builth Wells. There is an option to pop down to the Hundred House Inn at Hundred house for lunch before heading over to the Red Lion Inn or the Fforest Inn, your final night’s stop.
Choice of return routes for the final day back to Freerein HQ.
Arrive at Freerein at 9am. Meet your steeds have a good study of your personalised route pack and head out on trail. Stay overnight at The Old Mill B&B with a choice of evening eateries.
On trail to Builth Wells, Packed Lunch.
Out all day to Red Lion or the Fforest Inn. Option to stop at Hundred House for lunch.
Out all day returning to Freerein HQ. Option to stop at Roast Ox Inn for lunch.
I loved every minute and recommend this to anyone who loves long days in the saddle . . .
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.
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…
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…
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…
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Your Horse Riding Holiday
Explore new routes on the Eppynt range and visit three different towns and villages.
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