Horse riding and pony trekking centres in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Our riding and trekking centres look after riders of all abilities. If you've never been riding before, the Brecon Beacons is a great place to start. Experienced riders love the Beacons too. Our Park is blessed with beautiful terrain to challenge and inspire.

Riding and trekking for beginners 

All the Centres in the National Park cater for beginners and novices. Many people sit on a horse for the first time during their holidays here and for some it can be the start of a passion. For others it is a novel way to get to see parts of the National Park you might not otherwise get to. The pony trekking centres all have different routes and most will get you out into the uplands of the Park.

Riding and trekking for improvers

If you are already riding the centres can arrange rides that are faster, further or both. The horses and the speed of the ride will be tailored to your abilities, but remember you will only be able to go at the speed which everyone in your group can cope with, so if you want a canter ride you may want to send the non-riders in your group off to do something else for a few hours. There are masses of options!

Advanced riding and trekking

If you know what you're doing you can enjoy some real pipe openers up on the hills and along the tracks leading up to them. Most of the centres have a wide range of horses to choose from and will tailor rides to your interests.

Riding and trekking centres

Our riding and trekking centres offer:

  • Half day rides, at all levels from from beginner to experienced
  • Full day rides, stopping at pubs and spectacular view points
  • Riding holidays, from two to seven days
  • Pony trekking, half day and full day treks

Cantref Riding Centre, near Brecon, tel 01874 665223, www.cantref.com

The only horse riding centre that goes goes directly onto the central hills of the Brecon Beacons – including the foothills of Pen-y-Fan. Caters for riders of all abilities, with a wide variety of routes lasting from one hour to four days on native Welsh cobs and ponies. The farm also has an adventure barn for children, with a café and bunkhouse accommodation.

Ellesmere Riding Centre, Llangorse, tel 01874 658252

Situated close to Llangorse Lake, with rides onto open mountainside and through quiet country lanes. Provides trekking for novices, hacking for more experienced riders and long-distance guided rides for those wanting a challenge. Specialises in long trail rides, on fit, well-schooled purebred Welsh and Irish cobs.

FreeRein Riding Holidays, Clyro, tel 01497 821356

Geared to independent riders who want to take advantage of over 600 miles of paths, with accommodation at over 30 farms and inns. Less experienced riders can have short courses to get them riding independently and there are guided rides if needed.

Golden Castle Riding Stables, Llangattock, tel 01873 812649

Situated in the Llangattock hills. The stable yard gate leads directly onto the Brecon Beacons. Specialises in long distance rides where riders stay in pubs. Also provides a course on competitive riding and an introduction to carriage driving.

Grange Farm, Capel-y-Ffin, tel 01873 890215

Takes riders of all abilities on treks across the highest parts of the Black Mountains. Because of the rugged terrain, rides focus on scenery and wildlife rather than speed. The farm is also a good base for walkers. 

Llangorse Riding Centre, Llangorse, tel 0333 600 20 20, www.activityuk.com/horse-riding

Part of Llangorse Multi Activity Centre. Specialises principally in novices, but can also provide guided hacks for more experienced riders. Also offers riding holidays and fun days durung school holidays. 

Pentre Riding Stables, Upper Swansea Valley, tel 01639 730639, www.pentrestables.co.uk

Great horse riding, quality accommodation, stunning scenery and a very warm welcome.

Trans Wales Trails, tel 01874 711398

Offers long distance rides from weekend breaks to a 110-mile ride across Wales which passes through four mountain ranges and ends with a gallop on the beach.

Tregoyd Mountain Riders, near Three Cocks, tel 01497 847351, www.tregoydriding.co.uk

Offers direct access onto the Black Mountains near Hay on Wye. Specialises in long distance rides and offers bed and breakfast for riders who wish to bring their own horses. Offers either guided rides or help planning routes for the more independently-minded. 

Trevelog Farm Pony Trekking, Llanthony Valley, tel 01873 890216 

Offers riding across the Black Mountains, from short introductions for total beginners to treks for all standards and hacks for more experienced riders.