14 March 2021
Mountains Short Break Trail Ride
our short break trail ride, and get away from it all by joining us for
3 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
If you cannot manage a long weekend,
don't panic! The Short Break Trail Ride is also available as a mid-week
break subject to availability.
Itinerary (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 weekend ahead. You will be staying at a bed and
breakfast local to Ellesmere stables.
(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.
Around 10.30am we are all ready to leave.
T he first part of the ride takes us along
leafy, flower-lined lanes to the Black Mountains. We have a steep climb
of around 2000 feet ahead of us. The trail then drops down through a
beautiful valley 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
of 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 saddle since leaving Ellesmere stables
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 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
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.
departure, we ride along the eastern edge of the Sugar Loaf, then
follow quiet byways to the remote church at Patrishow, where we have
lunch. Dating back to mediaeval times, this small church is renowned
for its marvellous wall paintings, which survived the austerity 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.
Destroyed during Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, one tower
was subsequently 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 night it 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
Llangorse, we climb the steep track out of the Llanthony Valley,
following forest tracks and crossing "Windy Ridge", before having our
picnic lunch in the woods. Afterwards, we follow a grassy carriageway
to the top of Pen Trumau (2005 feet), followed by a long steep descent
(you will have realised by now our Welsh hills have very few flat
bits!!). We have a final long canter along the foot of Mynydd Troed
before arriving back at the stables in Llangorse.
will then need untacking, 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
This itinerary is typical of a 3 day /
3 night Short Break Trail Ride ride. However, the route and content
taken may vary slightly dependent upon weather conditions and the
availability of accommodation.
* Alternative limited 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.
| PRICES FOR 2021
- 3 day / 3 night
Short Break Trail Ride - £825
day / 2 night "Out &
Back" Trail Ride following Day 1 itinerary - £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
- Single supplement for
requested single occupancy rooms applies at £10 per night.
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