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Ceiriog Valley

Overview

These beautiful new rides are situated on the border between England and Wales. The 130 acre hill farm overlooks the Ceiriog Valley and has views towards the Berwyn Mountains. Their nearest neighbour is a mile away, and the nearest village 2.5 miles away. They are a BHS approved equestrian centre a…

Highlights

  • Ride across moorland and through historic valleys
  • Watch for birds of prey such as red kites and buzzards
  • Canter up bridleways overlooking both England and Wales
  • Relax with a drink as the sun sets over the mountains
  • Discover local pubs for meals, or self-cater

Essential Facts

  • 3 itineraries available
  • Max 6 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 95kg / 210 lbs / 15 stone

Description

These beautiful new rides are situated on the border between England and Wales. The 130 acre hill farm overlooks the Ceiriog Valley and has views towards the Berwyn Mountains. Their nearest neighbour is a mile away, and the nearest village 2.5 miles away. They are a BHS approved equestrian centre and an official Pony Club centre, so have a wide range of horses of all sizes and shapes, to suit all abilities.

There is plenty of off-road riding on bridleways, moorlands and ancient drovers' tracks around the Welsh valley which is full of history, with both slate and granite quarrying (which was carried on its own tramway to meet the canal at Chirk). The peaceful farming valley is home to buzzards, red kites, peregrines and the rare hen harriers, and the fast flowing Ceiriog River runs through the bottom of the valley and through the villages and hamlets.

The 3 or 5 night trails are aimed at intermediate riders upwards, but private groups of more novice riders or mixed abilities can also be accommodated. During 2021, these trails will always return to the farm to overnight, even when the horses stay out on the trail, but it is hoped this can change for future years.

There is also a centre-based relaxed stay for novice or beginner riders who would enjoy a combination of shorter hacks and lessons to improve and build confidence.

There really is something for everyone with these fabulous new UK-based rides.

Horses & Riding

Tack

The tack used is English style, with a mixture of leather or synthetic saddles. Bridles are generally simple leather cavesson bridles with snaffle bits. Some horses are ridden in stronger bits or with martingales, as required.

Horses

The horses are a wide range of breeds, including ponies, ranging from 13.2hh all the way up to 17hh. Many of the horses were born and bred here and you will find several generations still living their days out on the lush Welsh hills. All the horses and ponies are willing, good-natured and surefooted, perfect for navigating the undulating terrain you will have to cross

Riding

There are 3 itineraries:

  • 5 Night Trail is a based ride
  • 3 Night Trail is a based ride
  • Relaxed Short Break is a based ride

Ages

5 years as part of a family for the Relaxed Riding break.

Weight

95kg / 210 lbs / 15 stone

Food & Accommodation

Food

Breakfast ingredients are included in your accommodation for you to sort out yourself, such as cereals, eggs, bread, coffee, tea etc.

Lunch is included on the full day trails and will either be a picnic or taken in a nearby pub/cafe.

Dinner is to your own account. There are self catering facilities in the accommodation if you wish to prepare your own meals, or a number of different pubs and restaurants in the locality. Your hosts are happy to drop you off in the nearest town if you haven't a car.

Drinks are also to your own account, although there is plenty of water on tap.

Accommodation

You stay at the farm, either in rooms in the bunkhouse, or in one of two adjoining cottages. The accommodation is basic but clean.

The bunkhouse has 6 rooms, ranging from one single to a mixture of different bunk rooms which can sleep two to eight in each. There are no double beds, but two singles could be pushed together for a couple. There is one bathroom and three shower rooms to be shared between all occupants of the bunkhouse. Groups are never mixed in the bedrooms, so if you are a pair for example then you will be the only two in your bedroom. However you will need to share bathroom facilities and the living area/kitchen with other guests staying in the bunkhouse.

The bunkhouse also has an entrance hall with space for coats/boots and a washer/dryer. There is a large dining area and a modern, fully equipped kitchen as well as a separate sitting room. Outside there is a covered seating area, BBQ and hot tub. Guests are generally also able to use a small indoor pool and sauna during their stay.

The separate cottages are single storey and also have small kitchen/living areas - these sleep up to 6 guests each and may be used if the bunkhouse is busy or if a cottage is more appropriate for your group. Again, groups in these units will not be mixed. The bedrooms in the cottages also contain single bunks and have en-suite wet rooms. One cottage has one bedroom whilst the other has two separate bedrooms.

Please note that if a large group has booked the bunkhouse, then you won't be able to access its facilities (including pool, sauna and hot tub) as these are accessed via the bunkhouse garden. Instead you will be able to use the living areas in your own cottage - we can check this for you at time of booking.

Itineraries

5 Night Trail Standard accommodation.

3 Night Trail Standard accommodation.

Relaxed Short Break Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

The area is perfect for outdoor activities such as walking and cycling as well as riding. On-site they can offer archery, outdoor chess, table tennis and a hot-tub.

Within 10 miles there is fishing, water-based activities, paint balling, golf, canal boating, steam trains and National Trust properties to explore.

Travel

Liverpool or Manchester are the closest airports at just over one hours drive away. Transfer can be arranged from here at extra cost.

The next nearest airport is Birmingham, from where you can take a train to Gobowen station. No airport transfers are possible from Birmingham.

The nearest train stations are Gobowen or Chirk. Transfers from the train station are possible for no charge.

Alternatively, you may wish to self drive and we will provide driving directions.

Testimonials

Paula M., June 17, 2021

Overall the holiday was excellent. The horses were easy to ride and forward going and sure footed on the at times rugged terrain. The variety in terrain kept the trails interesting with the right mixture of walking, trotting and cantering in a very beautiful location. Yes, more than happy (with my horse) – Sapphire - she was forward going but safe and I was happy to ride her on a loose rein and be in control even during fast canters and she had a lovely kind temperament – very genuine horse, and I can honestly say that I felt safe on her at all times.


Amber, May 24, 2021

Just thought I'd drop you a line and tell you how much I enjoyed my time in Wales! Liz, Sue and Steve were friendly and easygoing hosts and Liz worked her socks off to make sure we had a great time. She took us on some fun rides and our horses were matched perfectly. She also planned really well for the weather, took us to the waterfall, and even found time to make a delicious cheesecake for our barbecue. The bunkhouse is really comfortable, and there is a little pool and sauna so worth mentioning to bring a swimsuit. I will definitely be back. Thanks again for a great week!


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: 2 hours

Arrive around 2pm to get settled in to your first night's accommodation and be introduced to your horse. You will have a short assessment lesson followed by hack to make sure you and your horse are compatible. There is a wide selection of safe, fun horses so if you’re not satisfied please say as the aim is for you to enjoy your break away. Once back you’re more than welcome to assist with untacking and turning out your horse, and if you’d rather not then feel free to go and relax for the evening with views over the Berwyn mountain range.

Day 2

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

If you wish before breakfast, you can help to give the horses their feed and groom them ready for the day ahead. Once the horses are ready and complete with saddlebags carrying today's picnic lunches, you set out for a day’s riding. Passing herds of Welsh mountain sheep, riding along the old drover' tracks and bridleways takes you into the county of Powys and onto ‘the Gyrn’. Made famous from the 1995 British film starring Hugh Grant, ‘The Englishman who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain’, you should be lucky enough to have great views of it from just around the corner of the farm. Finish the morning with a long canter up a grassy bridleway before stopping on the top for a well-deserved break and enjoying views across Wrexham, Powys and Shropshire counties.

For the afternoon, head down the other side of the mountain and meander your way back into the county of Shropshire where you’ll leave the horses for the night. You’ll then be transferred back to the farm where the evening is yours to relax. For the more adventurous we can set up a camping option, where you can stay the evening with the horses and have a barbeque.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

This morning you will arrive to find the horses all tacked up and ready for you (unless you chose to camp of course!). Staying in Shropshire for the morning today, you will be heading back through the woods to find your way onto part of the Offa’s Dyke path. Offa’s Dyke is a 177-mile walking trail roughly following the Welsh and English borders. There are opportunities for canters and trots up and over Selattyn Hill and along the quiet country lanes, before stopping for lunch overlooking Chirk Castle.

Once the horses have rested, continue along the path crossing back into Wrexham county and home. After settling the horses, head to spend the evening relaxing in the cottage or take yourself off to one of the local pubs in the area for an evening meal.

Day 4

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Head out for the morning, making your way to the head of the Ceiriog Valley with continuing views of the Berwyn Mountain range. Sticking to the Upper Ceiriog Trail, one of the many trails of kilometres of bridleways on offer, you head to the village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog where you tie the horses up in the car park and head for a pub lunch. A small village, the two inns served the many drovers who were taking their flocks to the market town of Oswestry.

After a filling lunch, mount up for a shorter ride to take the horses to their home for the night. Once the horses are settled, get in the car and drive to Pistyll Rhaeader, one of the wonders of Wales and Britain’s tallest single drop waterfall standing at 240ft. This is a fantastic site to go and see and if you are feeling fit enough it is well worth taking a walk up to the top to look at it from above and enjoy the surrounding views. Once you’ve taken in the beauty at leisure you head back to the farm, where you can continue to relax with the surrounding views on offer.

Day 5

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

After breakfast, meet the horses and spend the day exploring more of what the Ceiriog Valley has to offer. Climb uphill and follow your path past acres of wild heather moorlands, down into the hamlet of Nantyr and meander your way towards the village of Glyn Ceiriog crossing onto the Llwybr Ceiriog Trail. Another pub lunch waits for you today in the village, where the horses will take a breather from the more rugged terrain that has been on offer throughout the morning. Once you are all satisfied, you find your way back up along the valley and cross over to the other side of the main road, climbing back up out of the valley to the farm. Spend the evening stretching your legs after the day's ride with a gentle walk taking in the sunset after supper.

Day 6

Riding: 2 hours

Today you can have a leisurely ride before your departure late morning. You can go to explore the Pen-Y-Gwely reservoir and use the opportunity to take in the last of the breath-taking views, the changing terrain and making the most of the fantastic cantering spots. Returning to the farm, take as long as you need to say goodbye to your new best friend, before packing up and checking out.

Accommodation

All nights are based at the farm.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be at least a confident intermediate rider, capable in all paces across varied terrain.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

May 7, 2021 - May 12, 2021

May 16, 2021 - May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021 - May 26, 2021

May 23, 2021 - May 28, 2021

May 26, 2021 - May 31, 2021

June 6, 2021 - June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021 - June 16, 2021

June 13, 2021 - June 18, 2021

June 21, 2021 - June 26, 2021

June 25, 2021 - June 30, 2021

June 27, 2021 - July 2, 2021

July 4, 2021 - July 9, 2021

Aug. 21, 2021 - Aug. 26, 2021

Aug. 30, 2021 - Sept. 4, 2021

Sept. 6, 2021 - Sept. 11, 2021

Sept. 12, 2021 - Sept. 17, 2021

Sept. 19, 2021 - Sept. 24, 2021

Sept. 26, 2021 - Oct. 1, 2021

Oct. 3, 2021 - Oct. 8, 2021

Oct. 10, 2021 - Oct. 15, 2021

Oct. 17, 2021 - Oct. 22, 2021

Oct. 24, 2021 - Oct. 29, 2021

Pricing

2021
Per person sharing
£875 $1215 €1025
Included Accommodation, breakfast, lunches on full day rides, riding.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, other lunches, evening meals and drinks
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: 2 hours

Arrive around 2pm to get settled into your accommodation and be introduced to your horse. You will have a short assessment lesson followed by a hack to make sure you and your horse are compatible. There is a wide selection of horses so please speak up if you aren't happy so that an alternative can be found. If you wish to help untack after your ride then you are welcome, but you can just go and relax for the evening if you prefer.

Day 2

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

With the horses ready and complete with saddlebags carrying today's picnic lunches, you set out for a day’s riding. Passing herds of Welsh mountain sheep, riding along the old drovers' tracks and bridleways takes you into the county of Powys and onto ‘the Gyrn’. Made famous from the 1995 British film starring Hugh Grant, ‘The Englishman who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain’, you should be lucky enough to have great views of it from just around the corner of the farm. Finish the morning with a long canter up a grassy bridleway before stopping on the top for a well-deserved break and to enjoy views across Wrexham, Powys and Shropshire counties.

In the afternoon you head down the other side of the mountain and meander your way back into the county of Wrexham and home. After settling the horses, head to spend the evening relaxing in the cottage or take yourself off to one of the local pubs in the area for an evening meal.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

If you wish before breakfast, you can help to give the horses their breakfast and help groom them ready for the day ahead. Once everyone is ready, you head out for the morning making your way to the head of the Ceiriog Valley with continuing views of the Berwyn Mountain range. Sticking to the Upper Ceiriog Trail, one of the many trails of kilometres of bridleways on offer, you head to the village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog where you tie the horses up in the car park and head for a pub lunch. A small village, the two inns served the many drovers who were taking their flocks to the market town of Oswestry.

After lunch mount up and continue along the Upper Ceiriog trail, taking advantage of the last remaining canters of the day. Spend the evening stretching your legs after the days ride with a gentle walk taking in the sunset after supper.

Day 4

Riding: 2 hours

Today you can have a leisurely ride before your departure late morning. You will go to explore the Pen-Y-Gwely reservoir and use the opportunity to take in the last of the breath-taking views, the changing terrain and making the most of the fantastic cantering spots. Returning to the farm, take as long as you need to say goodbye to your new best friend, before packing up and checking out.

Accommodation

All three nights are spent at the farm.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be a confident intermediate rider, capable in all paces across varied terrain.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

May 7, 2021 - May 10, 2021

May 16, 2021 - May 19, 2021

May 21, 2021 - May 24, 2021

May 23, 2021 - May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021 - May 29, 2021

May 28, 2021 - May 31, 2021

June 6, 2021 - June 9, 2021

June 11, 2021 - June 14, 2021

June 13, 2021 - June 16, 2021

June 21, 2021 - June 24, 2021

June 25, 2021 - June 28, 2021

June 27, 2021 - June 30, 2021

July 4, 2021 - July 7, 2021

Aug. 21, 2021 - Aug. 24, 2021

Aug. 30, 2021 - Sept. 2, 2021

Sept. 6, 2021 - Sept. 9, 2021

Sept. 12, 2021 - Sept. 15, 2021

Sept. 19, 2021 - Sept. 22, 2021

Sept. 26, 2021 - Sept. 29, 2021

Oct. 3, 2021 - Oct. 6, 2021

Oct. 10, 2021 - Oct. 13, 2021

Oct. 17, 2021 - Oct. 20, 2021

Oct. 24, 2021 - Oct. 27, 2021

Pricing

2021
Per person Sharing
£525 $730 €615
Included Accommodation, breakfast, lunch on full day rides, riding.
Not included Flights, airport transfers, other lunches, evening meals and drinks
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: 2 hours

Arrive around 2pm to get settled in to your first night's accommodation and be introduced to your horse. You will have a short assessment lesson followed by hack to make sure you and your horse are compatible. There is a wide selection of safe, fun horses so if you’re not satisfied please say as the aim is for you to enjoy your break away. Once back you’re more than welcome to assist with untacking and turning out your horse, or if you’d rather not then feel free to go and relax for the evening with views over the Berwyn mountain range.

Day 2

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

You can either help get your horse ready, learning new or more skills, or simply enjoy a leisurely breakfast before mounting up. You then set off for a 2 hour hack to explore the surrounding area and trails as well as get yourself comfortable and relaxed in the saddle. Return to the farm where you can relax with lunch before mounting up for an afternoon session of either a lesson or another hack. The choice is yours.

Day 3

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

Today you head out for a day ride. You will spend around 2 hours in the saddle riding through a variety of terrain to go and find a spot for your picnic lunch. After you’ve rested it’s time to mount up and make your way home, where you can continue with some stable management lessons or using the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 4

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

This morning it’s up to you whether you choose to have another lesson to continue developing your skills or enjoy one last hack in the countryside. Returning to the yard, take as long as you need to say goodbye to your new best friend, before packing up and checking out.

Accommodation

All nights are spent at the farm.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

There are horses to suit all abilities. Novice riders are welcomed, as are mixed groups/families.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

At any time during: April 1, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021  (Flexible, subject to availability)

At any time during: April 1, 2022 - Oct. 31, 2022  (Flexible, subject to availability)

Pricing

2021
Per person sharing
£365 $510 €430
2022
Per person sharing
£385 $540 €455
Included Accommodation, breakfast, one lunch, riding.
Not included Flights, transfers, other lunches, evening meals and drinks
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.