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Horse Riding in Wild Wales - 2 days

 

Horse Riding in Wild Wales

An outdoor adventure weekend to explore the rugged beauty of wild Wales. This 2 day tour includes one day sightseeing and one day Horse Riding.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey, Hay-on-Wye, Baskerville Hall and riding in the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

 

Day 1

Our adventure begins as we travel west over the border, crossing the River Severn estuary and into another country - Wales. The first stop is Chepstow with its impressive castle - the oldest stone fortress in the country. Here the beautiful River Wye merges with the Severn and flows out to the ocean. This ancient Welsh port provides us with an early lunch stop before we explore the Wye Valley and visit the ruins at Tintern, a 12th century Cistercian Abbey whose romantic delights inspired the poetry of Wordsworth and the paintings of Turner. As we continue our journey westwards we enter the dramatic hill country of South Wales and visit Hay-on-Wye, the famous town of books, which boasts a yearly festival that Bill Clinton once called 'the Woodstock of the mind'. Here, amongst the quiet, narrow streets there will be time to look around the many second hand bookstores before we head off to our accomodation where you can enjoy a relaxing evening meal.

We stay overnight in Baskerville Hall on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in 130 acres of Welsh countryside. Built in 1839 by Thomas Myners Baskerville, the Baskervilles were family friends of Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle who was a regular visitor to Baskerville Hall. It was here he learnt of the legend of the hounds of the Baskervilles. It is reputed he wrote his famous case for the detective on nearby Hergest Ridge, but at the request of his friends (who did not want their beautiful part of Welsh countryside invaded by tourists) he actually set the book in Devon!

Day 2

Our second day involves a half day's horseback riding in the Brecon Beacons National Park, taking in remote bridleways and ancient tracks with views of the stunning mountains, an important feature of the Welsh countryside. The riding is organised through Cantref Horse Riding Centre. The centre has been established for over 40 years and is the only horse riding centre that goes into the Brecon Beacons. All riders will receive instruction in outdoor riding in the centre before leaving for your ride. A relaxing stop in a village pub for food and refreshment will also be given (food and drinks not included in tour price).

No knowledge of horse riding required! Experienced instructor accompany group. All horses are well trained and used to special trails. Weight limit applies for all riders of 16 stones/224 pounds/101 kgs. Anybody over this weight please contact info@internationalfriends.co.uk before booking.

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Price Includes

  • Half a day's horse riding in the Brecon Beacons National Park - an adventurer's paradise!
  • Sightseeing in Chepstow and Wye Valley along the way!
  • 1 night's accommodation in Baskerville Hall with breakfast (multi-bedded rooms, twin/double rooms available for a supplement). Baskerville Hall has an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, bar and restaurant facilities. Please note we recommend bringing your own towel as they are not included with the rooms but can be hired. 
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Please note, entry to Tintern Abbey or Chepstow Castle is not included in the tour price.

The typical group size on our 2 day Horse riding in Wales tour is 30-40 people. You will travel by 49 seater luxury air-conditioned coach in what will be an excellent, shared experience with one of our professional Tour Managers. 

 


Departure Information

  • 08:00AM Outside exit at Gloucester Road tube station
  • 08:30AM From International Students' House, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN - Click here for map

The meeting point  is in the car park (just outside reception) of International Student House (ISH). ISH is directly opposite Great Portland Street tube station but also a very easy walk from Warren Street, Regent's Park and Baker Street tube stations.

This tour normally ends by 7.30-9.30pm in London.

If you intend to travel to our central London meeting point by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website  - click here

**Please note that this tour requires a minimum number of 10 passengers to operate due to restrictions of the riding centres. If we are unable to operate this tour on the date that you have booked we will offer you an alternative date or a full refund. This information will only be known within 7 days of the departure date**