Trail Ride across Wales from border to sea
The Border to Sea Lakeland’s trail ride starts near the Welsh/English Border in the Wye Valley and finishes on the sands of the Dovey Estuary on Cardigan Bay – a six day journey in the saddle crossing Wales along unmarked tracks and trails through wild, remote hills and mountains.
Staying overnight at small inns along the trail. Riders carry spare clothing and personal effects in expedition saddle bags attached to the saddle. The route covers over 100 miles in total and is suitable for those who are happy and confident cantering and also have a sense of adventure! The route is a completely different route to the Border to Sea Mountain’s trail apart from the last day from Talybont to Ynyslas.
Stay overnight at five different inns on route
This riding holiday starts by following the Wye Valley up to Builth Wells then along the northern edge of Mynydd Eppynt before heading further north into the Cwmdaudeur Hills – the vast wilderness forming the catchment area for the Elan Dams which keep Birmingham in water. A night’s rest here at the Trout Inn.
From Beulah the route travels through the mid part of the Cambrian mountains. Very remote terrain this, and totally off the beaten track. Eventually the route drops down to the ancient abbey at Strata Florida to stay the night at nearby Pontrhydfendigaid at the Black Lion Inn.
Day four travels out into the western side of the Cambrians and Elan Valleys and stays the night at The Hafod Hotel, Devils Bridge. A popular tourist attraction with beautiful waterfall walks (if you have the time and energy!).
An amazing adventure
On the fifth day the northerly and southerly riding holiday routes join and riders stay the night at Talybont and a night’s rest at the White Lion Inn.
From Talybont it is a leisurely ride to the coast at Borth then a 3 mile ride along the sands to Ynyslas to meet the equibus for the return journey to Freerein HQ.
For this riding holiday, you arrive at Freerein HQ at 9am. Pack all of your belongings for the week into the Freerein expedision saddle bags. Meet and prepare your horse. Out on trail all day to Builth Wells, staying at Llanelwedd or Bronwye. Arrive at your accommodation, untack, feed & turn your horses out in the field. Enjoy a relaxing evening in Builth Wells.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to the Trout Inn.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Pontrhydfendigaid. You stop the night at the Black lion Inn. This is a very long day.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to the Hafod Hotel.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail all day to Talybont, stay the night at the White Lion Inn.
Feed, groom and tack up your horse. Out on trail to the beach. Pick up is usually at 2 pm from the beach. We bring you and your horses back by road. Return all the way to Freerein HQ by road for around 4-5pm for tea and homemade cake.
The Border to Sea trails are the ultimate Freerein adventure.
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.
Llanelwedd Arms Inn
The Llanelwedd Arms Hotel was built in the 17th Century and is full of character with its uneven walls, wood beams and traditional Welsh craftsmanship. Here you experience a warm and friendly welcome from Kath, Eileen and staff who will make your stay pleasant and comfortable. The hotel offers an excellent choice of food, and…
Situated in Builth Wells, The Cedars Guesthouse is a 4-star rated guesthouse with views of the Wye Valley, free private parking and free Wi-Fi all a short walk to the shops, pubs and restaurants in town. Each room includes freesat TV with over 200 channels, tea/coffee making facilities and en suites have complimentary toiletries and…
The Trout Inn
Beulah, nestled right in the heart of Wales is home to the modern and welcoming Trout Inn. Rooms here are all en-suite and comfortably sized. There is a wide choice of tasty home cooked food on offer and a good selection of wines and house ales to choose from. A cheery welcome from Colin awaits…
Black Lion Inn
Set in an area of naturally outstanding beauty is the truly remote village of Pontrhydfendigaid, known locally as Bont. Meaning ‘the bridge of the blessed ford’, Pontrhydfendigaid lies on the river Teifi; you will cross over the narrow hump backed bridge which spans this pretty river as you ride along the quiet main street of…
The Hafod Hotel is a sight to behold. Originally built as a hunting lodge in the 1700s it stands alongside the ‘Devils Bridge’ at the head of the dramatic waterfalls. It overlooks the spectacular wooded gorges of the Mynach and Rheidol rivers. Riders with energy still to spend are well advised to make the short…
The White Lion Inn
If you are riding either of the adventurous Trans Cambrian routes to the coast Self Guided or Guided, then your final evening out on trail will be spent at the White Lion in Talybont. Here you are in the county of Ceredigion where Welsh is the spoken language used in shops, offices and pubs –…
Llety Ceiro Guest House
Set within a converted farm building, this relaxing countryside retreat is immersed within the peaceful surroundings of the picturesque Eleri Valley, Cardiganshire. Llety Ceiro is just 4 miles away from Aberystwyth and 2 miles from the seaside resort of Borth, where you will be heading for the final day of your Border to Coast Trail.…