Two & Three day -Valley Rides
Any dates by arrangement in May/June/July & September. Also see over 18's trail rides.
These rides are suitable for novice riders to experienced as the terrain is gentler and we can ride at a pace to suit you, with groups of similar standard. Riding bridleways and ancient drovers tracks around our lovely Welsh valley, full of history of slate and granite quarrying, carried to meet the canal in Chirk by its own tramway. Now a peaceful farming valley with buzzards, red kites, peregrines and the rare hen harriers flying overhead. In the bottom the fast flowing Ceiriog River running along through the villages and hamlets. Staying at pubs & B&Bs along the way.
Total cost with B&B, lunch /luggage transfer. 2 nights/days £380. 3 nights/days.£530.
3 day Berwyn Mountain Trail Ride
"One of the best trail rides available anywhere in the world"
Designed for the Intermediate/ experienced rider.
Day 1 The big one! with up to 7 hours of riding plus 2 breaks, we set out around 9am from Springhill, we take the opportunity after warming up our horses to enjoy a few canters. After dropping off the Pen-Y-Gwelly plateau, we enjoy the fantastic ride up the Gyrn, using a track of a quality long lost from most area of the UK.
We then stop to enjoy our early picnic lunch before moving on, quickly enjoying more fantastic scenery and pretty villages along country lanes and farm tracks.
Over open mountain on to Tan y pistyll the site of the highest waterfall in England and Wales, where we enjoy afternoon tea,, and for those with some energy left, enjoy a walk to the top of the waterfall or even enjoy an invigorating shower at the base
After our break, we set out on our most challenging climb, sometimes needing to dismount to lead the horses, before we end the first day in the pretty village of Llangynog.
Day 2 A more relaxing day, before we set out we can visit St Melangell Church and learn all about this 7th century female saint, and find out why such a small quaint, but popular church ended up in such a remote spot.
Setting out on horseback, we get to view a new perspective of the Berwyn range, moving from the dramatic steep sided valleys, we stop to enjoy our picnic lunch before moving on to the more gentle sloping decent on the other side. Arriving at the horses second nights destination on the outskirts of the remote village of Llandrillo, we get our horses sorted. Whist they are enjoying a well deserved meal, we enjoy tea and homemade cakes so wonderful, clients have been known to come on our trail ride for just this moment!
Later after a shower and change, we enjoy a pleasant evening in the local pub with great grub and friendly Welsh speaking locals before retiring back to our camp/B&B for the night.
Day 3·Out third day involves the ride back right over the Berwyn mountains, some fantastic canters out in open moorland, taking us to the most remote and highest point of the ride, reroute we visit one of the many prehistoric stone circles that are in the area. On our way to the top we cross through the Berwyn nature reserve.
From the top views are without parallel from Snowdon, to the Rhinogs in the west, the Clwydians in the north, and the Shropshire plain and beyond to the east.
The highest point of the ride at 2350 feet with Cadair Berwyn in the background at 2700 feet
A picnic lunch is provided that we enjoy whist enjoying wonderful views, or by a remote stream and waterfall, we set out on the last leg of the homeward journey enjoying the speed and enthusiasm the horses display when going home.
On the way home we follow the watershed line between north and south wales, (the river Tanat/Severn on the south and the Ceiriog/Dee to the north) never getting lower that 1200 feet above sea level at any point.
There are options to extend your visit by staying further nights either before or after and enjoying rides around the Ceiriog Valley.
It is strongly recommended that you arrive the day before and arrange to stay here, this way we take you for a short ride to make sure we pair you with the right horse.
Your Baggage is transferred for you, Picnics are all provided (please inform us of any special dietary requirements) saddle bags are included and for those camping we provide comfortable inflatable mattresses.
This ride is for Intermediate/experienced riders only, and we will need to assess you ability prior to this ride, by taking you along on a short ride, which can be the evening before.
Total cost £730 based on 2 sharing a room. includes B&B - Not including Evening meals and drinks.
2 day- Wayfarer Trail Ride
Day 1.Setting out from Springhill we ride out with views of the Welsh Berwyn mountains, down into the valley bottom, and stopping in the lovely little village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog for lunch. The afternoon we ride over the famous moorland Way Farer route heading into Denbighshire to our overnight stop and a welcome of tea and homemade cakes. After we have settled the horses, we go to the local welsh hostelry for food and friendly company.
Day 2.After a hearty breakfast, we set of heading up towards the Berwyns, cantering up to look at some pre historic standing stones, riding on for a picnic lunch with just the sheep and birds for company. Heading of through a quaint welsh village and a long canter up the Gyrn a quality bridleway to views over the Shropshire hills. Eventually wandering on through woodland and past a pretty reservoir and fields, back to Springhill for tea.
Total cost. Includes B&B .Not evening meals. £570..