Silver John Trail

3 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ969pp

Wales ( Best airport: Bristol/Birmingham)

This three day, two night trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ on the Welsh/English border in the Wye Valley. It is a fantastic, varied three days covering 45 miles, exploring the best of the Radnor Hills. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the green, rolling hills, ancient farmlands and heather swept moorlands with unbeatable views of the Black Mountains and Radnor Hills.

The Riding

The route on this trail consists of lots of grassy tracks, open hills, old green lanes and so on. The trails are a mix of little used bridle ways, old council roads and timeworn drovers routes. The pace of the ride is calm and relaxed, with lots of trotting on the old lanes and canters wherever the terrain allows. There are also points along the route where it is necessary to dismount and walk with your horse, such as steep down hill tracks which may be loose underfoot.

Level of Riding and Fitness

You must be happy and confident cantering in open spaces to join this ride.

You will be riding around 6-7 hours each day, so you must have a good level of current riding fitness. You must be physically fit enough to enjoy long trots and long days in the saddle on this riding holiday.

Guides and Group Size

All the guides at this destination are full time, paid adults who all have an extensive knowledge of the horses, routes and the hills. They are relaxed, friendly & professional.

Strict maximum of 8 guests per trail.

The Horses

You will be matched to one of the incredible herd of fit, friendly, forward going trail riding horses and ponies. They are all a mixture of hardy breeds native to the UK. They live out all year round, working for 7 months of the year and enjoying a 5 month break over the winter months. They love their job and relish their happy, healthy lifestyle.

Each horse has its own individually fitted English tack, customised and fitted professionally for Freerein. All horses are ridden in simple snaffle bits.

Your luggage is transported by us, by road. Each rider will be supplied with one of our specially designed saddle bags to carry lunch, drinks, cameras etc whilst out on trail.

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Accommodation and Dining

All individuals are automatically booked a room for single occupancy.

Accommodation is at basic, quirky, characterful, family run establishments that offer a warm welcome to trail riders.

Expect to be fed well on this trip; food is all homemade using locally sourced ingredients where possible. All accommodation places can cater for any dietary requirements.

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Silver John Trail

3 days / 2 nights / 3 days riding

Single supplement: ยฃ66

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from

The closest airport is either Bristol or Birmingham and the nearest train station is Hereford. If you travel the day before your trail starts, you can get a taxi or bus from Hereford to Hay-on-Wye where you can stay the night (we can recommend local accommodation options). You will need to arrange a transfer from your accommodation on the morning of your trail.

Price Includes
  • Three full days trail riding
  • Two nights accommodation on trail
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Packed Lunches
  • All Evening Meals
  • Arrangements for duration of holiday
  • Trail riding horse, tack & saddlebags
  • Backup as required
  • Services of guide
  • Luggage delivery
Price Excludes
  • All drinks at any bar
  • Tips