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