MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS

UK - Trans Wales Trail
Explore stunning scenery in the Brecon Beacons on forward going Welsh horses

BOOK HOLIDAYS

We GUARANTEE you won't find the same horse riding holiday at a lower price through any other source... and if you do, we promise to refund the difference!

from £280 or €330

Horse Riding Holidays UK – Trans Wales Trail

PRICES & DATES top

Trans Wales Trails : 2017

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

Trans Wales Trail
EXPRESS* 21 – 26 May – £990/€1,165/$1,210
May – £1,350/€1,585/$1,650
All other dates – £1,400/€1,645/$1,710

May 14-21
May 21-26 (EXPRESS*)
June 11-18
July 1-8
July 15-22
July 29 – Aug 5th
August 12-19
August 26 – Sept 2
Sept 17-24

Black Mountain Trail
£800/€940/$975

April 9th-16th
April 23rd-28th (SHORT)
June 28th May – 4th
July 22nd-29th ROYAL WELSH SHOW*
Sept 10th-17th
Sept 24th-31st

*includes one half day riding and one optional half day at the show, extra ticket cost of £26

OTHER DATES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

National Park Ride
£1,050/€1,230/$1,285

April 16-23
May 7-14
June 18-25
July 8-15
August 5-12
August 19-26
Sept 2-9
Other dates available for groups of 4 plus

Hay Triangle
£600/€705/$730

April 19-21
May 10-12
June 21-23
July 12-14
August 9-11
August 23-25

Trail Riding Weekends
£300/€350/$365 – April – September 2 days riding
£280/€330/$340 – October – March 2 days riding

Included – All riding & full board accommodation (shared rooms).

Excluded – Flights, transfers & tips. Drinks during pub lunches are not included.

Trans Wales Trail : Getting There

  • By Car – You can easily drive and we can provide address and detailed instructions.
  • By Rail – The nearest station is Abergavenny. For examples from London Paddington, via Newport, the journey can be as short as 2 hrs 20 minutes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for timetables and fares. The farmhouse is a short taxi ride away from the station (about 20 minutes, £20-25) – there are usually plenty of taxis outside.
  • By Bus – By comfortable coach to Chepstow – see www.nationalexpress.com. For example the coach takes just over 2 hours from London Heathrow, and leaves every 2 hours from Heathrow. We can then arrange a transfer from Chepstow for you, it’s about an hour’s drive £35 each way.

Transfer
We can easily arrange transfers from nearby Abergavenny or Chepstow.

Open all year round.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

This Trans Wales Trail holiday is a wonderful destination, offering world class trail horse riding holidays on mountain friendly Welsh Cobs over the Brecon Beacons and beyond. This is a family business, run by husband and wife team Paul & Emily, who work with the horses and guide the trips, alongside Pauls Mum & Dad, Maria & Michael Turner, who look after the running of the farmhouse.

Guests stay in the comfortable 17th century farmhouse with cosy log fires, home-cooked food, goose down duvets and their own spring water on tap. The farmhouse now also produces its own electricity using the natural power of the neighbouring stream. During longer trails the nights are spent at country inns and pubs which provide a welcoming and friendly atmosphere in which to make new friends and to relax with a drink.

Trans Wales Trail holidays are a wonderful choice for the competent adult rider looking to explore the stunning scenery and delights that Wales has to offer. The horses ensure a safe but exhilarating ride across some challenging terrain and will give you a memorable gallop across green fields or along the beach. Some of the best trail riding around!

THE RIDING top

Trans Wales Trail : Horses – Welsh Cobs & Crosses, 14.2hh to 16.2hh. Although cob types, these Welsh ponies and horses are not uncomfortably wide or ‘ploddy’ as some might think, they are compact, intelligent and forward going.

They are ideally suited to the hilly terrain which includes open moorland, thick forests, picturesque mountain lanes and narrow mountain ridges and they will give you a thrilling gallop when the time is right. There is also the chance to jump logs and ditches and to enjoy the balance and strength of these admirable horses.

Trans Wales Trail : Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate plus, a good level of fitness required as there are long hours in the saddle.

Tack – Mostly English GP saddles and some endurance saddles.

Trans Wales Trail : Weight Restriction – 85 kg / 13 stone / 186 lbs

If you weigh more than this but are an experienced rider and fit, please get in touch as there may be a horse to suit you.

Group Size – Maximum 13.

ACCOMMODATION top

Trans Wales Trail ride begins and ends at the family farmhouse and en route you will stay at country inns and guest houses. The farmhouse has a mixture of single and twin rooms with some en-suite and some shared bathrooms. There is usually no single supplement charge as you can be allocated your own room. However, if the farmhouse is full and you do not wish to share with someone of the same sex, there is a single supplement charge of £20 per night.

The farmhouse is quite old-fashioned in its style and decor, which adds to the atmosphere, but everything is clean and the beds are cosy and comfortable with goose down duvets. You should expect to see sheepskins over the armchairs and a variety of interesting memorabilia.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Trans Wales Trail are part of the Zara’s Planet Collection of Horse Riding Holidays UK.

Please Ask About

  • Long weekend breaks of 2 nights
  • Black Mountains Trail
    7 nights based at the farmhouse with daily ride outs
  • National Park Trail
    7 nights, a mix of farmhouse and inn accommodation

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

A world class trail covering almost the length and breadth of Wales. This holiday is a chance to experience historic, beautiful and undiscovered countryside on a trusty native horse. The challenging route passes through four mountain ranges (The Black Mountains, Mynydd Eppynt, the Elan Valley and over Plynlimon) and ends with a final gallop on the beach near Aberystwyth.

The routes are mostly forgotten bridleways, open moorland crossings and trails over private land and the guide (Paul) has over 20 years experience of riding these routes. The trail covers 6 days and 7 nights, running Saturday to Saturday, and is only suitable for more experienced riders.

Saturday

Guests arrive after 5pm, settle in, meet the horses and get to know one another over a home-cooked dinner.

Sunday

You start with a local trail of around 12 miles, so that riders can get a feel for the horses and riding style. The group stops for lunch in a local pub, and afterwards heads up onto the mountain where the hill-riding really begins, and you earn spectacular views of Llangorse lake and the Brecon Beacons. You head back to Cwmfforest Farm for dinner, relaxing or a visit to the local pub, or perhaps an early night!

Monday

You set off in the direction of the coast. 8 miles of rolling farming country followed by 12 miles of fast open moors - without doubt a horseman's paradise. You stop at 2 inns along the way for refreshments before arriving at the comfortable 16th century Caer Beris Manor Country Hotel in Builth Wells on the River Wye for the night.

Tuesday

You keep west of the river Wye and take lunch at a 13th Century pub, (the oldest inn in Powys). The night is spent in a comfortable hotel in Rhayader, where one can normally do some souvenir hunting!

Wednesday

Today you cross the Lakeland of Wales - following the Elan Valley for 15 miles before stopping for a picnic lunch. The final 5 miles through a pine forest. The night stop is at the Blue Bell Inn, where you can relax with a drink, hot bath and a good dinner.

Thursday

Is a marathon day - 26 miles to the sea, crossing mountains with no trail to follow. Luckily your guide has been riding this route for over 20 years and knows his way! After a refreshing paddle in the waves and a gallop on the firm sand, you and the horses will be glad of the 90 mile lift home, stopping en-route for dinner at the Blue Bell Inn.

Friday

Depending on how your legs feel, guests can either enjoy a full day riding locally with lunch at a country pub, or a half day ride in the morning combined with an afternoon's visit to one of the nearby towns - Hay-on-Wye (world-famous for it's second-hand bookstores), Abergavenny or historic Llanthony Abbey.

Saturday

Bid farewell to your horse and fellow riders. Guests leave after breakfast.

DESTINATION MAP top

Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

If you are having trouble finding exactly the right horse riding holiday for you from our horse riding holidays collection, please contact us directly using the form below and tell us in your own words what you would like to do and we will use our extensive knowledge to make sure we find that perfect horse riding holiday.

CHECK AVAILABILITY top

Please leave this field empty.

Please use the message box below to provide additional and any other relevant information like your riding experience and for how many people.

Also, if the above Holiday describes few different options for your Horse Riding Holiday in the area - please add a note on which choice you are referring to. Thank you.


Current Weather Around UK
13°
clear sky
humidity: 67%
wind: 4m/s SW
H 14 • L 12
17°
Wed
17°
Thu
12°
Fri
12°
Sat
14°
Sun
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

UK Holidays Testimonials

Carla Fugaccia on Wilds of Exmoor, UK

As you know we've had a fair bit of riding and riding holiday experience under our belts and I'd say the horses were right up there with the best I've ever ridden. Stephany encourages guests to try different horses throughout the holiday so out of 5 rides I tried out four horses. It's easy to

Carla Fugaccia from UK