The Brecon Beacons is the perfect place for horse lovers. We have over 600 miles of bridle paths and tracks. Our spectacular scenery and wealth of wildlife create some of the best riding in Europe.
We are close to excellent road and rail links, yet a world away from the bustle of urban life. The only delays here are for leisurely pub lunches while your mount grazes outside.
We have thousands of acres of hills, moors and fields, criss-crossed by ancient tracks and lanes. You can ride all day, sharing the views with the soaring buzzards.
Our riding and trekking centres are working together to offer top quality trekking, riding and hacking holidays, short rides and pony trekking.
Riding and Trekking Centres
Tregoyd Mountain Riders
Offers direct access onto the Black Mountains near Hay on Wye. Specialises in long distance rides and offers bed and breakfast for riders who wish to bring their own horses. Offers either guided rides or help planning routes for the more independently-minded.
Llangorse Multi Activity Centre
A first taste of horse riding with an instructor-led pony ride can be enjoyed from 4 years and over. For older children and adults, there are one hour & half day treks for beginners, rides with some cantering for intermediate riders and faster hacks for the more experienced.
They also run regular children and adult Riding Lessons for those looking to improve their skills further. And look out for Horse Riding Fun Days and Holidays during the school breaks!
Cantref Riding Centre
The only horse riding centre that goes goes directly onto the central hills of the Brecon Beacons – including the foothills of Pen-y-Fan. Caters for riders of all abilities, with a wide variety of routes lasting from one hour to four days on native Welsh cobs and ponies. The farm also has an adventure barn for children, with a café and bunkhouse accommodation.
Horse Riding at Llangorse Multi Activity Centre
Part of Llangorse Multi Activity Centre. Specialises principally in novices, but can also provide guided hacks for more experienced riders. Also offers riding holidays and fun days durung school holidays.
Based locally in the Western Beacons we have an in depth knowledge of the wilder side of the National Park and will enhance any day out with our knowledge and enthusiasm. They are also one of Wales’s largest providers of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions, by foot, bike or on horseback.
Tregoyd Mountain Riders
Near Three Cocks, tel 01497 847351, www.tregoydriding.co.uk
Offers a variety of experiences including weekend riding breaks and a tailor-made, three to five day Black Mountains Trail Ride holiday for experienced riders. The more time you have, the more distance you can cover. Riders are matched to horses that best suit them and expert guides lead the way. Accommodation at horse-friendly accommodation is booked ahead and luggage is transferred for the riders.
Where to Ride
Three Rivers Ride
This ride takes you through 35 miles of stunning Brecon Beacons scenery. Taking lowland and upland bridleways, the route travels along the western flank of the Black Mountains before skirting the picturesque Llangorse Lake and crossing the River Usk to finish at the National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus.
The Three Rivers Ride is part of the National Bridleroute Network, a series of cross country rides researched and developed by The British Horse Society (www.bhs.org.uk). Once you’ve completed the ride, rosettes to commemorate your achievement can be purchased from The National Park Visitor Centre.
Click here to download a pdf leaflet about this ride.
Black Mountains Riding Loops
Four circular riding loops. Pick one for a great day out, or do all four, overnighting at the horse-friendly B&Bs in the area. If you wish you can ask one of our horse riding centres to take care of all the arrangements including guiding and luggage transfer.
Click here to download a pdf leaflet about these rides.
Tread and Trot Trails, Monmouthshire
The Tread and Trot Trails app (www.treadandtrottrails.co.uk) for Android and Apple devices contains details of trails designed to help you explore the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside on foot, on a bike or on horseback, competing in time trials and spotting wildlife as you go.