National Park Ride

Wales Wales: (IT-WANT)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/wales_national_park_trail.aspx

Introduction
Wales Wales

An action packed week for riders looking for a little challenge, a lot of fun and a Welsh Cob for a great riding companion!

Imagine a whole week to quietly explore the beautiful wild mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Taking ancient drover routes across the hills where you will share the spectacular landscape only with wild ponies and sheep, and enjoying panoramic views as you gallop over wide open commons.  Taking ancient drover routes across the hills where you will share the spectacular landscape only with wild ponies and sheep, and enjoying panoramic views as you gallop over wide open commons. As well as stunning natural wilderness, trails can also include historical interest such as the oldest pub in Wales, the ancient monastery at Llanthony, or the quaint ‘Book Capital of the World’ market town Hay-on-Wye.

Each day we stop for at a traditional inn for a hearty lunch, or enjoy a picnic while our horses take a well deserved break and a grass picnic of their own!  As our trails increase in distance and challenge over the week, the second half of the week is spent away from our base at the farm, so that we can explore the far reaches of the park.

We spend 2 nights away at friendly B&Bs, and enjoy dinner in local pubs, while our horses overnight in fields nearby. This is an exciting and challenging week, and therefore not suitable for novice riders.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in different locations.

Descriptions
You spend 4 nights at the farmhouse and 2 nights in B&Bs. 
There is free Wi-Fi connection at the farm but Wi-Fi access is not guaranteed at other accommodations.
Laundry facilities are available at the farm and cost £5 per washed and dried load.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1, 2 & 3: Farmhouse
Nights 4 & 5: B&Bs near Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye
Night 6: Farmhouse

Farmhouse
Built from stone from a quarry just upstream, this farm has probably been a home to people for nearly 400 years. The traditional character of the house has been kept while renovating the guest annex to the highest standard. There are 4 rooms in the guest annex, each with their own en-suite shower room. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable... some have a private washroom, some have to share. There is a dining room with open fire place where everyone meets and swaps stories of the day.
There is plenty of hot water, Welsh blankets, fluffy pillows, 100% cotton linen and goose down duvets to make sure you will sleep like a baby. The house is heated with a wood biomass boiler, so in the winter you will be cozy and warm.
A comfortable lounge provides space for guests to relax and socialize in the evening. 

B&Bs near Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye
The lodgings are basic, but comfortable. The rooms usually have a private bathroom but on some occasions, we might have to share a bathroom.

Room Occupancy
There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.
If you prefer a room to yourself, a single room can be requested and if available charged at extra cost per night.
Single rooms are only available (subject to availability) during nights spent away from the farmhouse (nights 4 & 5).


Meals
All meals are included for this trip.
When staying at the farm, both breakfast and dinner are taken in our garden room overlooking the stream at the back of the house. When staying at country inns along the trail, dinners are served in local pubs and restaurants. Lunches are eaten on the trails and is either a picnic or at a pub.

At the farm, food is simple but delicious. We prepare homemade meals using fresh locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. Look out for our very own Black Mountain lamb, and the rest of our meat is from Bryan George, a nationally acclaimed butcher in Talgarth with an abattoir attached; this meat has never known packaging! Our fruit and vegetables are from Coronation Grocers in Talgarth, delivered each week along with the milk and yoghurts by our neighbor John. When in season, you may find raspberries, blackberries, lettuces, salad leaves, green beans or fresh herbs on your plate, picked that afternoon from our garden.We even have our own spring water on tap!

Alcoholic drinks are not included. However, you are welcome to bring along your own wine or beer to enjoy with your evening meal, and there is a Co-op store in Talgarth, which is open until 10pm and offers a good selection.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with advance notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience

This trail is suitable for intermediate riders and above. You should be confident and competent at all gaits, over uneven ground, on forward-going horses.

Riding Terrain & Pace
The terrain is varied and includes open moor-land, thick forests, picturesque country lanes and narrow mountain ridges. There is plenty of opportunity for fast canters and gallops, and even the chance to jump logs and ditches - all optional of course! Each of the 5 riding days, we ride different trails, usually between 12 and 18 miles a day (4-5 hours), stopping for lunch at village inns or remote picnic sites high up in the Black Mountains.

Horses
There is a herd of about 30 Welsh cobs and crosses, the majority of which have been bred here on the farm. Horses are selected for temperament and character. Size ranges from 14 to 16 hands. We breed and break our own replacement stock, and every year several youngsters join the riding stock. The horses are very reliable, friendly and sure-footed, guaranteed to give you an excellent ride. Compact, intelligent and strong, they are ideally suited to the hills and mountains of the area.
Guests are invited to take part in catching, grooming, and tacking up the horses, and are encouraged to develop a relationship with their horse.

Guides
Paul practically grew up on a horse, was leading rides from an early age. He guides the majority of the rides throughout the summer on his darling, Blondie. His unique knowledge of the local area, routes, ground condition and weather patterns enable him to choose the best way to go each day.
We also have a small team of other guides, all of whom have been trained up personally by Paul, and are briefed thoroughly by him each morning before they set out with their group.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Riders arrive, settle in, meet the horses and have dinner.

Days 2 & 3: 
We explore the local Black Mountains, riding between 10-15 miles a day, stopping for lunch at country inns or remote picnic spots, before returning to the farm each night for a well-earned dinner and comfortable bed.

Day 4: 
We pack up the saddlebags in the morning, throw our stuff into the land-rover, and set off over the ridge towards the very edge of Wales and Hay-on-Wye.  After a long climb over Rhiw Trumau, we are rewarded with fantastic views back over the farm and the Rhiangol valley that we have ridden over for the past three days.  We then head down an old coach road to the Red Lion Inn at Llanbedr for lunch.  After lunch we follow a valley path in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain to Forest Coal Pit, then ride across Bryn Arw 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 a slice of delicious cake awaits tired riders!  Guests stay in a comfortable B&B (your laggage has been delivered already by land-rover) and dine at the Skirrid Inn.

Day 5:
We ride up Hatteral Ridge on 6th Century King Offa’s Dyke path, earning 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 there are endless canters to be enjoyed.  We 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! We then ride up on to Black Hill before descending Hay Bluff and Cusop Dingle towards our bed (and field!) in Hay-on-Wye.

Day 6:
Friday’s route in the Black Mountains takes us into the Wye Valley, where we visit the Three Horseshoes in Felindre for lunch.  After lunch the horses are keen to head back to the farm, and you will be treated to a sensational gallop across Felindre Common to finish off the trip.

Day 7:
Riders leave after breakfast, having said goodbye (and thank you!) to their lovely Welsh horses.

The above sample itinerary is subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.

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Optional: weekend extension
Includes accommodations for 2 more nights and riding on Friday and Saturday, with departure on Sunday after breakfast.


Rates and Dates for National Park Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, 5 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionGBP ~US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP£1200$1610
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.34

Rates Note:

No single supplement if willing to share!

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

No single supplement if willing to share!


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionGBP~US$
2019 Transfer from Chepstow bus station in South Wales, per car, one way
- to be paid locally
£ 70 $95
2019 Transfer from Abergavenny Railway station, per car, one way
- to be paid locally
£ 35 $50
2019 Transfer from Heathrow (4+ pax), pp, one way
- to be paid locally
£ 120 $165
2019 Single Supplement (paid in British Pound)
- to be paid locally
£ 240 $325
2019 Weekend extension after trip (+ 2 nights: depart Sunday), dbl, pp £ 360 $485
2019 Weekend extension after trip (+ 2 nights: depart Sunday), single £ 440 $590

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Drinks

Other Info
Meeting: Talgarth
Airport: London
Transfer: Chepstow bus station and Abergavenny Railway station

Climate:
                                        Talgarth area


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Oct

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Average High Temperature (°F)

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57

50

46

Average Low Temperature (°F)

36

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38

Average High Temperature (°C)

7

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Average Low Temperature (°C)

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Source: NOAA


Seasons
Wales has a moderate climate, very similar to the rest of the UK, but it can also be slightly unpredictable!
The mountainous nature of our landscape and the shape of our coast mean that the weather can differ quite dramatically within a very short distance. Weather also changes quite quickly here- it could be raining in the morning and gloriously sunny by the afternoon.

Most of our rain tends to fall in the autumn and early winter months (October – January) so be sure to bring a raincoat. Our days in winter are shorter and we tend to experience snow, which provides us with some spectacular scenery.

Although it’s not all rain and clouds in Wales - the summer months of June to August are the hottest here and a great time to take advantage of some of our beautiful outdoor sports and activities. April, May and September also offer some warm days to explore our landscape. Our long summer days also help as it often doesn’t get dark until 10pm/22:00 in midsummer thanks to our northerly latitude.

The temperature in winter months averages around 6°C with summer months climbing up to 24°C. However, conditions in the upland areas can be changeable throughout the entire year.

What To Bring:
What should we bring?
Warm comfortable and windproof clothing  is vital for mountain riding. Unless you are ‘calf-hardened’ it is wiser to bring long riding boots or half chaps. Riding gloves can be useful if it is cold.  Layers to keep warm/ stay cool depending on the weather. Jodphurs, Breeches or tight fitting jogging trousers (tights/long-johns in cold weather) are a must.  Jeans are not to be worn whilst riding.  We advise everyone to come equipped with a long coat as this will keep you dry and also our saddles too!!   Hard hats are essential and must fit properly.  Don’t forget casual wear for the evenings and house shoes/slippers for indoors!

Can we borrow hats / boots / jodphurs?
Yes, we have a good selection of equipment for riders to borrow.  However, we encourage you to bring your own equipment to guarantee a perfect fit.

What if it rains?
We ride in all weathers!  We have long waterproof coats to protect you and our saddles for you to borrow, but if you have your own then do bring them along.

RIDING HELMETS ARE MANDATORY!

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Hidden Trails Travel Documents and TripVoucher (contains important local tour contact info.)
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (there are some at the riding center for you to borrow. However for best fit it's advisable to bring your own)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Torch/ Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun protection lotion and lip balm