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Red Kite Trail

A real six day trail ride staying overnight at a selection of guest houses and inns. Great riding and varied scenery.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Shires Explorer Trail . .

Explore the heart of Mid Wales . . .

Starting from Freerein HQ you head northwards over the Begwns to Painscastle then east travelling the old drover trails and open hillside to stay at either the New House or Cwmfillo. This horse riding holiday then continues northeast towards the New Radnor plain and a night at the Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge B&B.

View magnificent Red Kites . . .

This trail is named after the magnificent Red Kite. You may be lucky enough to see some on this trail. They are very distinctive because of their forked tail and striking colour – predominantly chestnut red with white patches under the wings and a pale grey head.

Persectution meant that the bird was exterminated in England, Scotland and most of Wales by the end of last century. Only in rural Mid Wales did the Red Kite hang on, their numbers down to just a few pairs. Thanks to the efforts of a number of individuals and organisations numbers are now increasing. Happily sightings of the Red Kite are now common on many Freerein trails.

Optional Rest Day . . .

You have the option of taking a rest day on this horse riding holiday. It must be pre arranged but can be taken at any point during the trip.

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Riders relax in the tranquil country lanes

Satisfying adventure . . .

From New Radnor the trail swings north and over the Radnor Fforest (the highest point in Powys) before coming gently to land at the small holding of Lower Fishpools where a warm welcome awaits horses and riders.

From Fishpools you circumnavigate the western side of the Radnor Fforest and drop eventually down to stay at either Glanoer, Bettws Mill or Bettws. The fifth day on trail finds you exploring Gwaunceste Hill before coming to Goblaen or Newgate guest houses for your final overnight stop.

Return relaxed and refreshed . . .

Your final day takes in Llanbedr Hill and the western side of the Begwns.

Then back to Freerein HQ for tea and cake – Well done!

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Riders relax in the tranquil country lanes

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 to New House or Cwmfillo. Arrive at your accommodation, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field.

  • Day 2

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to the Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge B&B.

  • Day 3

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Fishpools.

  • Day 4

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Glanoer or Bettws.

  • Day 5

    Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Old Rectory Guest House.

  • Day 6

    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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Steady hacks through forestry and exhilarating canters on open hillsides. Very little roadwork. Ponies were fit and willing . . .

Red Kite Trail
6 Days
£1530pp

2020 Pricing:
£1530pp all inclusive
[Single Occupancy £1680pp]

2020 Booking Conditions

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Freerein horses are more than happy to relax whilst you study your maps!
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