South Wales has some of the most interesting and scenic rides in the country – it is possible to trek on beaches, through woodland and on mountains – all in the same day. Take Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages for example, located in the middle of South Wales’ wonderful horse riding country – with the Gower beaches, the mountains of the Brecon Beacons and the valley forests, you are spoilt for choice.
If you’d like to go pony trekking in Wales, the first thing to ask yourself is what sort of horse riding interests you? Were you picturing a leisurely ride or an exhilarating canter? Pony trekking, horse riding, hacking or trail riding are all on offer. It is the variety of different landscapes on offer in a relatively small area that sets South Wales apart as a great location for a pony trekking holiday.
The Gower Peninsula is great for sandy beach riding, the Brecon Beacons National Park is the place to go if mountains are your thing and there are some great forest rides in Afan Forest Park.
Horse Riding Brecon Beacons
If you’re considering exploring the Brecon Beacons area, then we recommend staying near the western side of the park – that way you are also close to the Gower Peninsula for a spot of beach riding. Below is a list of some of the best riding venues in South Wales, all accessible from our centrally located farm holiday cottages near Neath.
FOREST RIDING. The Cimla Equestrian Centre is situated in Afan Forest Park, famous for its scenic forests and mountainous terrain. Just 8 miles from our holiday cottages, the centre has a range of fantastic rides from beginner treks to 4 hour rides for experienced riders.
MOUNTAIN RIDING. Llangorse Riding Centre is a family run riding centre boasting miles of private tracks through farmland conservation areas and out onto the open hills with breathtaking views over a lake. Cantref Riding Centre is situated on a farm two miles to the south of the old market town of Brecon in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Horses are riden across country streams and mountains.
BEACH RIDING. Parc Le Breos offers some of the most scenic pony trekking in the UK. Situated at the heart of the Gower peninsula, the variety of scenery includes miles of sandy beaches, magnificent limestone cliffs, riding along the beach at Three Cliffs, salt and freshwater marshes, woodland and moorland. You even get to stop for lunch at one of the picturesque village pubs along the route. Ogmore Farm Riding Centre is also a favourite where riders get the opportunity to ride a horse on a wide open beach near the lapping fringe of the sea. A two hour trek meanders from the yard twice a day, traversing rivers, beach and high sand dunes. The farm is set in beautiful surroundings, under the silent presence of imposing Ogmore Castle. On leaving the yard the trek seems to head into the very castle grounds before it swings past the entrance towards the River Ewenny and it’s famous stepping stones. Soon after fording the Ewenny, the trek fords another water course, The Ogmore River.