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Mountains Short Break Trail Ride
our short break trail ride, and get away from it all by joining us for
3 days in the
Climbing high into the mountains descending through valleys and woods
a good pace. Let our experienced cobs show you how to cope with our
mountains and tracks, while enjoying spectacular scenery.
If you cannot
manage a long weekend, don't panic! The Short Break Trail Ride is also
as a mid-week break subject to availability.
(3 nights - 3 full days riding) (also runs mid-week)
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
ahead. You will be staying at a bed and breakfast local to
(day 1 / night 2)
fter a hearty Welsh
breakfast, you will
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. Around 10.30am
we are all ready to leave.
he first part of the
ride takes us along
flower-lined lanes to the Black Mountains. We have a steep climb of
2000 feet ahead of us. The trail then drops down through a beautiful
to our picnic lunch stop among the romantic ruins of the Hermitage.
After lunch we skirt the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain
(1955 feet), and ride through ancient oak woods. There will be plenty
opportunities for good long canters before arriving at the grazing stop
at Pant-y-Gelli. By
the time we arrive, we will have spent approximately six hours in the
since leaving Ellesmere stables and you will be looking forward to a
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 the
first of two night's spent in a local farmhouse bed and
breakfast. You will eat in one of the nearby local pubs with your
guide and fellow riders.
(day 2 / night 3)
In the morning, everyone participates in
feeding, grooming and tacking up his or her horse for the day’s ride
There is always someone on hand to help for those less familiar with
departure, we ride along the eastern edge of
the Sugar Loaf, then follow quiet byways to the remote church at
where we have lunch. Dating back to mediaeval times, this small church
is renowned for its marvellous wall paintings, which survived the
of Cromwell’s Commonwealth to be enjoyed by visitors today.
onwards, we drop into the valley of the Gwyne Fawr river before
climbing agian to an Iron Age hillfort with spectacular views across
the Black Mountains range. Finally, by the Bloodstone with its tale of
revenge by the Welsh against the Norman invaders, we descend into the
Vale of Ewyas, with the 12th century Llanthony Priory far below.
during Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, one tower was
rebuilt as a hunting lodge. The horses spend the night at a yard in the
centre of Llanthony village, whilst we all return by car to our
accommodation *. However, before leaving for the nightit is well worth
exploring the Priory ruins
first - especially as they have a welcoming bar in the undercroft.
|Monday (day 3)
At the start of our 20 mile ride back to
we climb the steep track out of the Llanthony Valley, following forest
tracks and crossing "Windy Ridge", before having our picnic lunch in
woods. Afterwards, we follow a grassy carriageway to the top of Pen
(2005 feet), followed by a long steep descent (you will have realised
now our Welsh hills have very few flat bits!!). We have a final long
along the foot of Mynydd Troed before arriving back at the stables in
will then need untacking, grooming and feeding for a final time, before
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 return you to Abergavenny station in time for your departure.
itinerary is typical of a 3 day / 3 night Short Break Trail Ride ride.
However, the route and content
may vary slightly dependent upon weather conditions and the
* Alternative accommodation may be available
at the Abbey Hotel, within the ruins of Llanthony Priory, but will
attract an additional surcharge - please contact us for details.
FOR 2016 - £572
- Price includes: horse and
all meals *(breakfast, packed lunch / pub lunch, evening meal -
drinks) services of a guide and transport of luggage. Extra night's
can be arranged at £60 per night (bed, breakfast and evening
- Single supplement for
requested single occupancy rooms applies at £10 per night.
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