Teme & Ithon

Venture further afield with long days and challenging route finding.

We all look forward to welcoming you on The Teme & Ithon Trail.

The Teme & Ithon Trail is a five day trail ride staying overnight at two inns, one guest house and one B&B. 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. It is five 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.

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 B&B or the Castle Inn.  Your evening meal is taken at the The Castle Inn either way, which is a couple of minutes’ stroll from Belmont Cottages

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Freerein Bella and rider pose on top of Hergest Ridge

Explore remote parts of the Freerein trail riding network

A fantastic day follows covering the length of Beacon Hill through Llanbister and on to part of our Trans Cambrian North route. You come eventually to Abbeycwmhir and Laurel Bank guest house, your overnight stop the other side of the Ithon Valley. One of my personal favorite days on trail anywhere. 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 the Ithon Valley you head south following a beautiful trail along Glyndwrs Way.

From here on to Penybont and the Severn Arms Hotel, a possible lunch stop then over the edge of the Radnor Fforest to Red Lion Inn or Fforest Inn, your final night’s rest. From here final day over the hills to Freerein HQ.

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Freerein Bella and rider pose on top of Hergest Ridge


  • 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 Laurel Bank, Abbeycwmhir

  • Day 4

    Riding to Red Lion Inn or Fforest Inn, Llanfihangel Nant Melan

  • Day 5

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

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Freerein Rosie relaxes in a nice shady spot over a lunch break

Explore the Teme and Ithon valleys, in the outlying reaches of the Radnor Hills. Wonderful riding in this little explored area . . .

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

  • 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 3

  • 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 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…

Teme & Ithon - 5 Days - £1025pp

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Freerein Alfie enjoying some light refreshments!