Radnor Fforest

A real five day trail ride staying overnight at two guest houses and two country inns. Great riding on varied terrain with lots of route options.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Radnor Fforest Trail . . .

Original Freerein Trail . . .

Originally offered to customers back in 1991, this original Freerein horse riding holiday is highly recommended. This legendary route has remained unchanged since, a couple of accommodation changes aside. Circumnavigating the Radnor Fforest over 5 days you’ll climb to over 2000ft, while taking in some of the finest horse terrain and scenery the Radnor Hills have to offer.

Explore with your trusty steed . . .

From Freerein HQ you’ll travel over the Begwns through Painscastle (perhaps stopping at the Roast Ox for lunch) before stopping at either Newhouse Farm, Goblaen, Newgate or Cwmfillo guest houses at the end of your first day. These classic guest houses provide comfort and sanctuary for horses and riders alike.

On your second day you’ll take in Red Hill before travelling east towards New Radnor to stopover at either the Bracken Ridge B&B or the Harp Inn at Old Radnor.

Your trail then heads through the tiny village of Bleddfa to the Radnor Fforest. The last wolf in Wales was said to have been killed here back in 1997, hence why Bleddfa translates to “place of the wolf”. Despite being an “off the beaten track” and remote part of the country, there’s a pub in Bleddfa – known as the Hundred House Inn – where riders can rest for a late lunch and beverages before continuing through the remote Cwm -y-Gerwynn valley and down to Fishpools to stop for the night.

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A beautiful misty day out on trail

Stay at interesting, unique accommodations on route . . .

From Fishpools travel west of the Radnor Fforest with the option to stop at the Severn Arms, Penybont for lunch. In the afternoon stunning views are on offer along a 3 mile ridge which is the route to the your next nights stop at the Red Lion Inn or Fforest Inn.

Travelling west of the Radnor Fforest from Fishpools you have the option to stop in Penybont for lunch at the Severn Arms. You’ll be treated to stunning views during the afternoon as you ride along a 3 mile ridge on route to the next night’s stay at either the Fforest Inn or Red Lion Inn.

On the long, final day you’ll travel along lots of open hills all the way back to Freerein HQ. A very satisfying 5 day trail riding holiday and truly classic trail.

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A beautiful misty day out on trail

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive at Freerein HQ at 9am. Pack saddle bags then prepare your horses. Go through your individual route pack & depart. Out on trail all day. Arrive at your accommodation, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field. Relax for the evening and enjoy a home cooked meal.

  • Day 2

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day with possible stop at the Royal Oak for lunch. Riding to the Harp Inn/Bracken Ridge. Relax for the evening at the inn.

  • Day 3

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Fishpools. Relax for the evening and enjoy a home cooked meal.

  • Day 4

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day via the Severn arms with choice of routes to the Red Lion/Fforest Inn. Relax for the evening at the inn.

  • Day 5

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day. Return all the way to Freerein HQ around 5pm for tea and homemade cake.

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Freerein Mercury, JB and Bramble resting at the Roast Ox Inn over lunch

Customer approach is superb. The horses are amazingly confident and happy . . .

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

  • Newhouse Guest House

    New House Farm is an interesting working farm of 43 acres which has one of the biggest folds of Highland cattle in Wales. They are long haired, long horned and quite small, and you may pass them on the open hill as you approach New House. Non-vegetarian riders staying here may find part of a…

  • Newgate Guest House

    In a beautiful rural setting, five miles from the iconic town of Hay-on-Wye, Newgate Farm offers accommodation for up to 6 guests and horses.  There are three attractive double bedrooms and two shared shower rooms with toilets. There are no single or twin rooms, so single travellers will have a double to themselves. Your steeds…

Night 2

  • 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…

  • 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…

Night 3

  • Fishpools Guest House

    Lower Fishpools is a traditional Welsh smallholding of 20 acres near the tiny hamlet of Bleddfa. A warm and friendly welcome is offered in cosy cottage accommodation amongst the peaceful surroundings of the Radnor Fforest. The grounds include the two pools that gave the house its name which are in the process of being restored.…

Night 4

  • 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.…

  • 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…

Dates & Prices

Dates

Start and finish any days & dates in 2019:

Thursday 18th April to Sunday 20th October

Starts at 9am


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Pricing

The price is £1025pp per person including everything except your lunches and evening meals.

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Your Horse Riding Holiday

A real five day trail ride staying overnight at two guest houses and two country inns. Great riding on varied terrain with lots of route options.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Radnor Fforest Trail . . .

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Riders exploring the beautiful farm land on the way back to Freerein HQ

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