Pony trekking holidays in Wales should come with a warning. Wales is such an incredible introduction to the freedom of horse riding and perfect for riders of all ages. 

Riding in North Wales

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.

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 the highest waterfall in Wales - Pistyll Rhaeadr, and the skyscapes of the empty Berwyn hills.

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View of the Horseshoe Falls on a cloudy day.
A high waterfall from above surrounded by autumn coloured trees.

The Dee Valley near Llangollen, and Pistyll Rhaeadr, near Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, North Wales

Riding on Anglesey

There are probably two reasons why Anglesey is brilliant for riding. One is the Abermenai Sands, a mile-long gallop beside the Menai Straits. Another is the spectacular backdrop of Caernarfon Castle and Snowdonia mountains. Or it could just be private bridleways with no cars in sight.

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Horse riders on a beach.

Horse riding at Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

Riding in Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons

The Powys heartland provides trekking escapism in Mid Wales. Quieter than the Brecon Beacons, 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 the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Brecon Beacons is a national park where Welsh cobs run wild. It offers sensational trail riding: along ridges of the Black Mountains, into lush valleys and across the River Wye for a pub lunch. The real surprise is a world so far from urban hustle is actually so close. Find out more about riding in the area on the Brecon Beacons National Park website.

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An aerial shot of the river held back by the dam surrounded by forest.

Pen-y-Garreg Dam in the Elan Valley, Mid Wales

Riding in West Wales

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. Check out the Pembrokeshire National Park website for more details.

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. Five Saints Riding Centre offer riding holidays - you can learn to ride and bring your own horse.

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. 

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Horses cantering along the shoreline

Horse riders on Llangennith Beach, Gower, West Wales

Riding in South Wales

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.

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A group of riders on horses crossing a river.

Horse riding at Ogmore-by-Sea, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

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