Builth Wells Short Break Trail Ride
Try our short break trail ride, and get away from it all by joining us for 2 days in the saddle. Climbing high into the mountains descending through valleys and woods at a good pace. Let our experienced cobs show you how to cope with our Welsh mountains and tracks, while enjoying spectacular scenery.

If you cannot manage a weekend, don't panic! The Short Break Trail Ride is also available as a mid-week break subject to availability.

Sample Itinerary (2 nights - 2 full days riding)  (also runs mid-week)

Friday (night 1)
The weekend starts on a Friday evening. If travelling by train, we will meet you at Abergavenny station at around 5.00pm. Later on,  we will collect you from your accommodation you will be welcomed at a local village inn by Myfanwy, your host. Over dinner meet your fellow riders and talk about the programme for the weekend ahead.  You will be staying at a bed and breakfast or friendly pub local to Ellesmere stables.

Saturday (day 1 / night 2)
A fter a hearty Welsh breakfast, you will arrive at the stables around 9.30am and will be introduced to your mount, who will be fed, groomed and tacked up and waiting for you. You then join us to travel  with the horsebox to our starting point on Brechfa Common. Around 10.30am we are all ready to leave.

From the moment you set off, you'll be enjoying the open spaces of open moorland common, where you will have opprtunities fo rlong canters. Look out fro red kites wheeling overhead!. From the common, you pass into the forestry where lovely tracks provide more canter opportunities as you work your way northwards. After lunch, you reach the forestry gate which takes you onto the open moorland of Cefn Clawdd. Continuing northwards, we enter the small valley of Cwm Owen  before climbing onto remote open hill. Passing the brooding Pant-y-llyn, we flank Pant-y-llyn Hill, the highest point on our route at 154o feet. With Builth Wells visible in teh distance, we descend steeply into the farmland of the Afon Duhonw and the overnight stop for the horses.  By the time we arrive, we will have spent approximately six hours in the saddle since leaving Brechfa and you will be looking forward to a relaxing bath and dinner - but first you must care for your mounts, grooming and feeding them before turning them out for a roll and rest!!

Tonight is spent in a friendly bed and breakfast in the centre of Builth Wells, home of the Royal Welsh Show.  You will eat in one of the nearby local pubs with your fellow riders and have opportunities to window shop in the numerous independent retailers in the town.

Sunday (day 2 / night 3)
In the morning, everyone participates in catching, feeding, grooming and tacking up his or her horse for the day's ride ahead. There is always someone on hand to help for those less familiar with these tasks. 

On departure, we ride along the lanes and have the choice to either retrace our steps of yesterday, or join the Wye Valley Walk taking us through fields before climbing onto the hill of Banc y Celyn.

Riding onwards, we see glimpses of the River Wye far below and on the opposite bank, Aberedw rocks. In December 1282, the rocks were reputedly the hiding place of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd ("Llewelyn the Last") on his last night, before he was killed in battle against King Edward's forces at Cilmery west of Builth the following day.  We then have the option of numerous routes, byways and narrow country lanes as we head southwards back towards our starting point where we will be met by the horsebox, the horses untacked and we return to the stables.

Your horses will then need grooming and feeding for a final time, before they are turned out into their field for a well earned rest!

You can expect to be able to leave Ellesmere stables by about 6.30pm. If travelling by train, we will arrange for you to return to Abergavenny station in time for your departure.

This itinerary is typical of a 2 day / 2 night Builth Wells Short Break Trail Ride. However, the route and content taken may vary slightly dependent upon weather conditions and the availability of accommodation.

  • 2 day / 2 night  Builth Wells Trail Ride -  £520
  • Price includes: horse and tack, accommodation, all meals *(breakfast, packed lunch / pub lunch, evening meal - excluding drinks) services of a guide and transport of luggage.
  • Extra night's accommodation can be arranged at £120 per night (bed, breakfast and evening meal).
  • Single supplement for requested single occupancy rooms applies at £10 per night.
 Last updated 20 May 2022
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