The Melan Trail is a two day trail ride staying overnight at the Red Lion Inn, Fforest Inn or Fedw B&B, situated in the tiny hamlet of Llanfihangel Nant Melan. It is two variable length riding days dependent on which routes you choose. On the first morning of your horse riding holiday you will arrive at Freerein HQ to pack saddle bags, go through maps and routes and of course collect your fit and friendly GGs.
Lots of route choices
Starting from Freerein HQ there is a large choice of trail riding routes on the Melan trail ride. From a 12 mile jaunt over the expanse of hills to Llanfihangel-Nant-Melan to 20 miles via a country inn for lunch. The first part of these routes travel high above Painscastle past the mysterious ‘Ireland’ before heading off on your chosen trail. You have the choice of going to The Royal Oak or the Hundred House Inn for lunch (these are both very long days). Then all routes continue over the mysterious Black Yat before dropping down in to the valley to stay the night at the Red Lion Inn, The Fforest Inn or Fedw B&B.
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.
Stay overnight at a welcoming country inn or B&B
The Melan Trail stays overnight at the Red Lion Inn or Fforest Inn, or Fedw B&B. Both Inns have a bar and a restaurant serving good honest excellent value food as well as a number of letting rooms for guests. The horses spend the night munching in a nearby field. Fedw B&B is a warm and welcoming country house on the hillside just down the road. Your evening meal will be taken at the Fforest Inn.
Return relaxed and refreshed
Again a choice of return routes returning back to Freerein HQ on this trail ride.
Arrive at Freerein HQ at 9am. Meet your mounts and go through maps and route descriptions. Depart from Freerein HQ. Out on trail all day staying overnight at the Red Lion Inn or Fforest Inn.
Return to Freerein HQ. Lots of route choices.
Green valleys and rolling hills as far as the eye could see
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.
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…