Hacking
Available Easter- end October
For people able to ride at a canter, not suitable for novices.
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What is Hacking?
Hacking is riding at a faster pace than trekking and the rides take you further and higher onto the mountains than the trekking routes. The experienced ride escorts with a wealth of local knowledge will point out fascinating features and wildlife en route.

Half day Hacking
Half day hacks last about 2 hours and are available morning and afternoon. On a circular route from the stables, you trot along quiet lanes before cantering across the open mountain side where you can look down on Llangorse Lake far below.

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If you fancy a day's riding, we are able to offer day long hacks with approximately four hours in the saddle riding. Travelling through the western parts of the Black Mountains in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, we stop for lunch (approx 1 hour) in a village pub or cafe* before journeying back by a different route, with numerous opportunities for long canters. You get to see some spectacular scenery, with views across Llangorse Lake to the Brecon Beacons, and eastwards into the mysterious and isolated Black Mountains. 

* Subject to Covid regulations allowing hospitality to open. Please bring a picnic with you as an alternative.



Private Hacks
Want to have a go at faster rides but not sure if you have the experience? Don't worry, subject to availability and for a small additional charge per rider, we can offer you a private hack with your own personal guide. You can go at  your own pace and not worry about being part of a larger group. Please Contact Us for further details and prices.

The Horses
The horses used for hacking are fit, forward going, well-schooled Welsh cobs or cob crosses.



Full day Mountain, Moorland and Forest Hacking 
In a small group of usually three or five riders plus an experienced guide, head off from the stables or in the horsebox to explore some new terrain. Crossing outstanding open moorland and following grassy forestry tracks with superb "going" under hoof, these rides on our fit, forward-going, well-schooled cobs or cob crosses provide ample opportunity for excellent canters.

You will need to bring a picnic lunch which we will carry in our saddlebags. Rides are out all day for approximately 5 - 6 hours in the saddle depending on what you want to do - the faster we go the further we travel!! However, the pace will always be what you are happy with.



**New for 2021** - Mountain, Moorland and Forest Short Breaks
Why not experience our superb terrain for 2 or 3 days? Based in local accommodation near Ellesmere riding stables, as a more experienced rider you will have different Mountain, Moorland and Forest ride options each day.

These breaks are fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, horse transport and services of your guide.  Please see Short Break prices below.......

We are now taking bookings for these breaks from the beginning of June 2021.


Prices per Rider 2021

Half day Hacking
Morning (ride depart 10.30am) or Afternoon (ride depart 1.30pm) -
£50.00

Full day Hacking
10.30am - 4.00pm approx.  Stopping for lunch break at a pub or cafe (not included in price) - £85.00

Full day Mountain, Moorland and Forest Hacks for Experienced Riders (max 3 riders)
From 10.30am for 5-6 hours riding. Remember! Please bring a picnic lunch - £120.00

If you wish to book a larger group on a Moorland and Forest Hack, please contact us.

PLEASE NOTE: To enable us to maintain social distancing, we ask that you please arrive for your ride about 45 minutes before the ride is due to depart (9.45am for morning and day rides, 12:45pm for afternoon rides).

Riding hats are available for all rides free to use.


**NEW for 2021** - Mountain, Moorland and Forest Short Breaks

PRICES 2021

  • 2 day / 2 night  Mountain Moorland and Forest Short Break - £490 per rider
  • 3 day / 3 night Mountain Moorland and Forest Break -  £755 per rider
  • Price includes: horse and tack, accommodation, all meals *(breakfast, packed lunch / pub lunch, evening meal - excluding drinks) services of a guide.
  • Single supplement for requested single occupancy rooms applies at £10 per night.
Please note, you may need to drive to a different start point each day in your own vehicle to maintain social distancing.

Last updated 14 March 2021
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