This three day, two night ride packs a MIGHTY punch with three days riding ideal for those who are intermediate to advanced riders. You’ll certainly get your need for speed with plenty of wild and free gallops across the spongy moors and common lands scattering woolly sheep and wild ponies in your wake. The Hay Triangle takes riders on a triangular route known as the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ of the Black Mountains, climbing up the magical Llanthony Valley, and then on to the charming market village of Hay-on-Wye, famous for its endless book shops.
The horses on this ride will make your heart SING. It’s no surprise that Wales has top-shelf horse flesh – the Welsh pony, is a splendid horse, everyone knows that. And the horses on this particular ride are one-step better: home-bred for the job, these horses have been combing the wild mountains and moorlands in Wales for decades.
Pretty much The Hay Triangle ride is the perfect book-end ride experience to marry with another Globetrotting adventure in Ireland, Scotland, France or Spain. OR if you’re on a family holiday or business trip and have a sneaky three nights to spare, you can runaway to Wales to feed your Globetrotting addiction.
- Horse Breed:Fine, fit Welsh Cobs who will surprise you with their surefootedness and superb balance. Compact, intelligent and strong, they are ideally suited to the hills and mountains that will surround you.
- Pace:The pace is fast and varies on a daily basis, with lots of trotting, cantering and some gallops involved.
- Weight Limit:Maximum of 88kg / 194lbs.
- Type of tack:English all-purpose saddles *Please be advised that this is a hands-on ride (it’s the Welsh way) which includes pitching in to help at the end of each day. Not only will you have to help look after your horse, but you’ll also be required to assist with cleaning the saddles, bridles, girths and saddlecloths at the end of every day. For those accustomed to handing your horse to a groom, this might not be the right riding holiday for you.
- Seasons:April to October.
- Group size:A maximum of 8 guests.
- Time in Saddle:Between 4 to 5 hours per day.
- Riding Ability:Suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders. All riders must be fit, have good stamina and be comfortable riding at speed over varied terrain.
- Accommodation:A mixture of B&B style accommodation, some with shared facilities.
- Ride Length:3 days, 2 nights.
- Inclusions:Price includes 3 full days riding, 2 nights’ accommodation, all meals (from first day lunch through to last day lunch) and luggage transportation throughout the ride.
- Exclusions:Price excludes international flights, travel insurance, transfers to and from the ride, alcohol and drinks (other than water).
DEPARTURE DATES & RATES
A single supplement charge of £40 per night will apply to guests not willing to twin share a room with another guest (subject to availability).
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Three full days riding, two nights’ accommodation, all meals (from first day lunch through to last day lunch) and luggage transportation throughout the ride.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Price excludes international flights, travel insurance, transfers to and from the ride, alcohol and drinks (other than water).
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments.
Why is the price quoted in GBP?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.
This ride itinerary is run in conjunction with the 6-night National Park Trail where guests ride away from Blaenau Bach for three days through the beautiful Black Mountains, offering endless canters and gallops, and of course stunning views!
You’ll need to arrive at Blaenau Bach farm the morning of day one of your ride where you’ll be greeted by your hosts, Paul and Emily Turner, and meet your fine Welsh mounts. You’ll then set off on a triangular route and follow the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ of the Black Mountains. After a long climb over Rhiw Trumau, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking vista back over the Rhiangol valley. You’ll then head down an old coach road to the Red Lion Inn at Llanbedr for lunch.
After lunch you’ll follow the valley path in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain to Forest Coal Pit, then ride across Bryn Arw before finishing the day at the Skirrid Inn, the oldest pub in Wales, near Abergavenny. The horses are turned out, and a cup of tea and slice of delicious cake awaits! Your bags will have already been delivered to the comfortable B&B where you’ll be staying this evening, so you’ll have time to freshen up before heading back to the Skirrid Inn for dinner.
Pack your bags again Globetrotters, and after a stomach-filling breakfast in your B&B, you’ll ride up Hatteral Ridge on the ancient border between England and Wales – the famous Offa’s Dyke path which stretches from one end of Wales to the other, named after King Offa who built it in the 6th century. You will earn glorious views of the green fields of Herefordshire in England to one side, and on the other the vastness of Wales and the Black Mountains. Along the top of the ridge between England and Wales you’ll be able to unleash your inner speed demon, with endless canters to be enjoyed. Depending on the time, you may drop down into Herefordshire to visit the Goat Company farm where there is the chance to buy Angora clothes, blankets and rugs – don’t miss out on a pair of mohair socks! You finish the afternoon riding up onto the Black Hill before descending Hay Bluff and Cusop Dingle towards your bed (and horse field!) for the night in Hay-on-Wye, the town of books.
Your route back into the Black Mountains takes you into the Wye Valley, where you visit the Three Horseshoes in Felindre for lunch. After lunch, with their heads turned towards home, the horses head back to Blaenau Bach and you’ll be treated to a final exhilarating gallop across Felindre Common to finish off the ride on a huge high! You’ll arrive to a well-deserved cup of tea and biscuits to finish the afternoon off just right.
You will need to make your own way to our ride partner’s farm – Blaenau Bach – where the ride starts and ends, as there are no transfers available. Blaenau Bach is hidden in an unspoilt valley deep in the beautiful Black Mountains of mid-Wales, approximately 17 miles from Abergavenny, approximately 3.5 hours drive or train ride from London, and 2 hours from Birmingham.
By car: Depending on which airport you fly into, you may wish to hire a car and drive to the farm where the ride starts. You’ll be able to leave your car there for the duration of the ride.
By train: The nearest station is Abergavenny. From London Paddington, via Newport, the journey can be as short as 2 hours 20 minutes. See www.nationalrail. co.uk for timetables and fares. It is then a short taxi ride away from the station (about 35 minutes, £30-35) – there are usually plenty of taxis outside.
By bus: National Express coaches offer a comfortable and speedy journey up the motorway from Heathrow Airport (and other airports) to Chepstow, where we
can arrange a transfer to the farm. The coach trip takes 2 hours, and the drive
from Chepstow is a further one hour. The coach ticket costs approximately £39.70 return (price subject to change), and the transfer is £70 – we can hook you up to meet others to share the cost. Full details and a journey planner can be found at www. nationalexpress.com