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Explore stunning scenery in the Brecon Beacons on forward going Welsh horses

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Horse Riding Holidays UK – The Black Mountains, Wales

PRICES & DATES top

The Black Mountains: Prices & Dates 2020

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  • 12 – 18 September – $1,130
    • GBP: 880
    • EUR: 969
  • Single Supplement – $51
    • GBP: 40
    • EUR: 44
    per night

The Black Mountains: Prices & Dates 2021

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  • 5 nights – $1,104
    • GBP: 860
    • EUR: 946
  • 25 – 30 April
  • 16 – 22 May
  • 31 May – 5 June
  • 4 – 9 July

 

  • 6 nights – $1,335
    • GBP: 1,040
    • EUR: 1,144
  • 12 – 18 June
  • 17 – 23 July – Royal Welsh Show week, includes a visit to this extraordinary show
  • 31 July – 6 August
  • 11 – 17 September

 

  • Single Supplement – $64
    • GBP: 50
    • EUR: 55
    per night

Non riding family and friends are very welcome, at 50% less – there are great walking and mountain biking trails they have direct access to from the Farmhouse which they can choose to follow, even arrange to meet up with the riders at their lunch time stops.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All riding & full board accommodation (one night pub dinner paid directly).

Excluded – Flights, transfers & tips. Drinks during pub lunches are not included. Tuesday nights, the family take a night off from cooking and dinner is at the local pub, paid directly.

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, £30-35) – 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 £70 each way.
  • By Air – the 3 nearest airports are Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. We can arrange a private airport transfer on request.

Transfer
We can easily arrange transfers from nearby train, bus stations and airports.

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

The Black Mountains ride is a wonderful destination, offering a world class riding holiday. With over 20 years of experience, Paul and Emily have fine tuned the adventure to make sure everyone enjoys the best riding in one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. The horses which are the local Welsh cob breed are built for the job, strong, sure footed, forward going and full of character.

The Black Mountains otherwise known as “Y Mynyddoedd Duon” are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys and Monmouthshire in southeast Wales, and extending across the England–Wales border into Herefordshire, with the highest being 2,661 feet. They are the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Black Mountains may be roughly defined as those hills contained within a triangle defined by the towns of Abergavenny in the southeast, Hay-on-Wye in the north and the village of Llangors in the west. Other gateway towns to the Black Mountains include Talgarth and Crickhowell.

Each day you will ride out from The Blaenau, the Welsh Longhouse, which is your home for your stay and ride up to 15 miles per day out in every direction, exploring the Black Mountains on different trails. There will be lunch stops at local village inns or remote picnics high up in the mountains. The local trails will put you and your horse through your paces over the most varied of terrains. Mountain and moorland tracks, valleys and pasture land; you will be guided through some of the most beautiful parts of the Welsh countryside.

 

The Black Mountains is 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 some memorable gallops.

THE RIDING top

The Black Mountain: 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.

The Black Mountain: Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate plus, a good level of fitness required as there are long hours in the saddle. You must be able to gallop your horse in open countryside in control with an independent seat.

Tack – Mostly English GP saddles and some endurance saddles.

The Black Mountain: 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

You will be staying at the family home, a traditional Welsh Longhouse called The Blaenau. It’s was built some 400 years ago, from stone from the quarry just upstream. It has been renovated to the highest standards, whilst retaining it’s traditional character. It was awarded 4 stars by the national tourist board called Visit Wales.

There’s plenty of hot water, Welsh blankets, fluffy pillows, 100% cotton linen and goose down duvets to make sure you sleep like a baby. The house is heated with a wood biomass boiler.

A comfortable lounge provides space for guests to relax and socialise in the evening, and both breakfast and dinner are taken in the garden room overlooking the stream at the back of the house.

Food here is important and there is a drive to use locally and ethically sourced produce wherever possible, like their very own Black Mountain lamb and other meats from Bryan George, a nationally-acclaimed butcher in Talgarth. In addition, their eggs come from the farm across the road and all their fruits and vegetables are from Coronation Grocers in Talgarth, delivered each week along with the milk and yoghurts by their neighbour John. They are also able to add to the table when in season from their own kitchen garden, raspberries, blackberries, lettuces, salad leaves, green beans and fresh herbs.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Black Mountains ride are part of the Zara’s Planet Collection of Horse Riding Holidays UK.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Each day after breakfast, you will head out to the field to catch your horse, give it a brush and tack up, ready to head out on the trail for a days riding, usually anything from about 8 miles upwards, with pub stops or picnics for lunch breaks, before returning home late afternoons.

Evenings are sociable, some riders head off to the local pub for a pint or two before dinner back at the farmhouse, before settling down for more chats, board games, reading or an early night in a comfortable bed.

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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.

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UK Holidays Testimonials

Chris Allsop on Trans Wales Trail, UK

In every other respect it was a great week - not least because of the very hospitable Turner family. I used to go to Wales a lot as a child, but I haven't been out in the Welsh countryside for years. I had forgotten how beautiful it is - and wild in places. You travel

Chris Allsop from UK