Pony trekking holidays in Wales should come with a warning. Wales is such an incredible introduction to the freedom of riding and perfect for riders of all ages. Discover the bridleways, sandy beaches and gorgeous countryside that make a pony trek in Wales such an enjoyable part of your holiday experience.

Riding in Brecon Beacons

No surprise the birthplace of pony trekking, a National Park where Welsh cobs run wild, offers sensational trail riding: along ridges of the Black Mountains, into lush valleys and across the Wye for a pub lunch. The real surprise is a world so far from urban hustle is actually so close.

Riding in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire has some of the finest coastal trail riding in Wales in Britain’s only coastal National Park. Hacks along spectacular beaches such as Druidstone Haven bring many riders to Pembrokeshire. In fact they’re so acclaimed many people overlook ancient bridleways through the Preseli Hills and oak valleys inland. Explorers, take note.

Riding in Snowdonia

Riding in Snowdonia – always taken at sedate pace because of rough ground – is not just an audience with nature, it’s a front-row seat beneath the highest mountains in Wales. Countryside trekking is in Penmachno near Betws-y-Coed and there are coast views too. Either way Welsh riding doesn't come grander.

Group riding on horses
Group horse riding near Fairbourne, North Wales

Riding the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

The Vale of Glamorgan offers great pony trekking. Rides combine coast and country, often descending through country parks to cliffs on the Heritage Coast before returning with views to the Beacon hills. All this riding is just 30 minutes from Cardiff.

Riding in Mid Wales

The Powys heartland provides trekking escapism in Mid Wales. Quieter than the Brecon Beacon, Radnorshire – including the Elan Valley lakes and Radnor Forest either side of Llandrindod Wells – has old drovers’ roads across open farmland that’s empty except for buzzards. The Radnor Forest trail takes 70 gorgeous miles between the Cambrian Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park.

Riding in Carmarthenshire

If riding for you is about freedom, then Carmarthenshire is the place to go. With an accredited operator you can go trekking into picture book countryside. With experience you can gallop on Pendine Sands, seven miles of stunning of empty beach.

Riding on the Gower Peninsula

A trek in Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty packs in the scenery. You might descend from Cefn Bryn’s moorland through a bluebell oakwood to the beach at Three Cliffs Bay or walk along high cliffs near Port Eynon. Wherever you trek on the Gower Peninsular you are guaranteed beautiful scenery. 

Horses cantering along the shoreline
Llangennith, Gower Peninsula, South Wales

Riding in Anglesey

There are probably two reasons why Anglesey has the most horses per head in the UK. One is the Abermenai sands, a mile-long gallop beside the Menai Straits. Another is the spectacular backdrop of Caernarfon Castle and Snowdonian mountains. Or it could just be private bridleways with no cars in sight.

Riding in the North Wales Borders

Lloyd George called it 'a little bit of heaven on Earth' and still the Ceiriog Valley is little known to outsiders. Day treks ascend into pastoral hills near Llangollen. On longer hacks you’ll discover a waterfall higher than Niagra, Pistyll Rhaedaer, and the skyscapes of the empty Berwyn hills.