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Black Mountains Trail

Black Mountains Trail
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Explore the wild reaches of the Black Mountains!

The horses on this riding holiday are beautiful, fine, fit Welsh cobs who will surprise you with their sureness of foot and superb balance. Compact, intelligent and strong, they are ideally suited to the hills and mountains of the area. The terrain is varied and includes open moor-land, thick forests, picturesque country lanes and narrow mountain ridges. During your holiday there is plenty of opportunity for trots and canters and if you are up for it, there is even the chance to jump logs and ditches - all optional of course! With almost 40 years of experience and knowledge of the region, our partner leads some of the best horseback rides available through the regal mountains, mysterious bogs, dense forests and clear rivers of the Welsh countryside. Come for a week of guided trail riding that progressively gets more challenging as the trails venture into the wilderness of the Black Mountains. This relatively untouched area of high moorland is set between the picturesque Wye and Usk valleys and provides some of the best cross-country riding to be found anywhere in the UK!  Each day there is a new route to follow, covering between 8 and 15 miles a day, stopping for lunches at traditional Welsh inns along the way or remote picnic sites in the peaceful woodlands. You will ride up and down steep slopes, cross lofty summits, wade through rocky rivers, pass through dense woods and see the best of what the country has to offer. The handsome Welsh Cobs have fast acceleration, perfect handling and automatic survival instinct! Running on grass and water, they're more environmentally friendly than any machine! Guests are invited to take part in catching, grooming, and tacking up the horses, and are encouraged to develop a relationship with their special horse. You'll get to experience a varied range of terrain, pace and scenery, returning to the comforts of the farm each evening. After riding with your new friend all day, you will appreciate your comfortable stay each night at the lovely 17th century farmhouse nestled in the green, rolling hillside and be wowed by Maria's splendid home-cooked meals - the highlight of each evening - and guests love to relax around the cozy fire or visit the local pub for drinks and fun. You will have one evening to dine out at a local inn or restaurant during the week and this is good news as Abergavenny and the surrounding area is becoming justifiably famous for its delicious food! We can advise you on some great places to check out! We want you to leave Wales a much more confident, relaxed and knowledgeable rider and perfectly relaxed from your riding vacation, full of good food and amazing memories!

Family Vacation
Center-based ride

Meeting: Talgarth
Airport: London
Transfer: Chepstow bus station and Abergavenny Railway station
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 12 riders

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    Black Mountains Trail
    Tour Code: IT-WARS
    7 days / 6 nights ~$1,230.00
    Dates : April - Oct

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2021 07/31 - 08/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /12 Expired
    A 2021 09/11 - 09/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 2 /12 Expired
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    Tack: English endurance saddles with saddle ...
    Horses: Welsh Cobs, Irish, some thoroughbred
    Pace: Medium with long canters. 4 to 7 hours...
    Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop, Jumps
    Airport: London
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