Ithon Explorer

The Ithon Explorer Trail is an exciting six day trail ride with long days in the saddle and interesting overnight stops. One of my personal all time favorite Freerein trails, this comes highly recommended.

We all look forward to welcoming you on the Ithon Explorer Trail Ride . . .

The Ithon Explorer Trail . . .

This is a six day trail ride staying overnight at varied and interesting accommodations. It heads all the way up to the Teme Valley on the Shropshire border and then over to the Ithon Valley in remote Mid Wales with an overnight stay at Abbeycwmhir. It is six lengthy days in the saddle of 16-18 miles per day.

During this trail, riders are able to explore Beacon Hill a fine piece of hill with lots of tracks, great canters and panoramic views. It is a remote and seldom visited part of the Radnor Hills trail network and is highly rated by staff and customers.

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.

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Riders explore the spectacular Penybont Hill

Heading north . . .

The ride to Old Radnor from Freerein HQ could take you across the moors to the Royal Oak for lunch – but this would mean moving swiftly with plenty of trots. Otherwise bring packed lunches and ride via Glascwm Hill and Black Yat to Old Radnor. Here you stay the night at the Harp Inn or Bracken Ridge B&B.

To the Teme Valley . . .

An interesting and varied day first over Bache Hill and then the Radnor Fforest. The route then takes you via Monaughty and onto parts of Glyndwrs Way eventually leading to Knucklas and your night’s stop at Belmont Cottages, a pretty little B&B in the village. Evening meal is at the Castle Inn, 2 minutes from your B&B. Your horses stay the night a 10 minute walk away at a local farm.

Explore remote parts of the Freerein trail riding network . . .

A fantastic day follows covering the length of Beacon Hill, spending the whole day on open hill. Possible off piste detour to Radnor Arms pub at Beguildy for lunch. You then drop down off the open hill to Brandy House, your overnight stop in the Teme Valley. One of my personal favorite days on trail anywhere. From the Teme Valley you head west across Moelfre Hill, through Llanbister (possible lunch stop), cross the Ithon Valley following parts of Glyndwrs Way to Abbeycwmhir and a night at Laurel Bank Guest House. Worth a visit in the village is The Happy Union Inn whose sign features a rotund gentleman riding a goat and sipping a mug of ale.

From here you head to Penybont (a possible lunch stop) then climb onto the westward edge of the Radnor Forest, along this and down to Llanfihangle Nant Melan. Here you stay over at the Red Lion Inn or the Fforest Inn. This is the perfect launchpad for the route back to HQ over Black Yat, Llanfihangel Hill, Cwm Kesty, Bryngwyn Hill and Painscastle. Perhaps a swift beverage at the Roast Ox and then pop back over the Begwns to Freerein HQ.

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Riders explore the spectacular Penybont Hill


  • Day 1

    Arrive at Freerein HQ. Meet horses and check your maps and routes. Transfer to Painscastle where you start the ride from. Out on trail all day and stay overnight at Old Radnor.

  • Day 2

    Riding to Belmont Cottages, Knucklas

  • Day 3

    Riding to Brandy House at Beguildy

  • Day 4

    Riding to Laurel Bank, Abbeycwmhir

  • Day 5

    Riding to Red Lion Inn/Fforest Inn

  • Day 6

    Return to Freerein HQ for tea/coffee and homemade cake.

The locals come in all shapes and sizes!
The locals come in all shapes and sizes!

Beacon Hill, Teme & Ithon Valleys and a visit to Abbeycwmhir, highly recommended . . .

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

  • 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 2

  • Brandy House B&B

    Returning Freereiners riding the six day Ithon Explorer or 8 day Catali Trail will find themselves arriving off the beaten track at Brandy House Guest House for an evening; and what a treat it is! This 20 acre smallholding built several hundred years ago is in an idyllic rural setting. It is nestled in the…

Night 3

  • Belmont Cottage B&B

    When you first set eyes on Belmont Cottage B&B you will think “chocolate box”; the colourful hanging baskets and roses growing round the door are indicators that you are entering a delightful friendly little house. Indeed your affable host Avril Hoyle has been welcoming Freerein riders here for many years now. The cottage is traditionally…

Night 4

  • Laurel Bank Guest House

    Abbeycwmhir (Abbey in the Long Valley) is a village situated in the centre of Wales, nestled amongst the Cambrian Mountains, in the old county of Radnorshire. It is steeped in history and natural beauty as well as being virtually undiscovered by the modern world. A warm welcome awaits you on arrival, from the small vibrant…

Night 5

  • 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…

Ithon Explorer - 6 Days - £1245pp

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Horses drink from a remote stream out in the hills
Horses drink from a remote stream out in the hills