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 . . .

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…

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

  • Glanoer Guest House

    A warm and friendly welcome awaits from Sue and Dave at Glanoer Guest House. Positioned in a picturesque rural location near to Hundred House in its own idyllic 8 acres, it is a supurb place to stay and relax for both horses and riders alike. You are free to explore the grounds here taking in…

  • Little Bettws Guest House

    Little Bettws Guest House, located on the western edge of the Edw Valley, is a beautiful stone building, formerly a Victorian school, dating from 1874. This tranquil and captivating place is set within its own 5 acres of grounds with the River Edw, a tributary of the Wye, running through. Next door stands the small…

Night 5

  • 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…

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 £1245pp per person including everything except your lunches and evening meals.

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Your Horse Riding Holiday

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 . .

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

Red Kite Trail

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