Previously Bennet the Wern. This Loop is a 4 day, 75 mile circular ride through the Brecon Beacons National Park and Mid Wales staying each night at a different Horse B&B. Take your own horse on holiday, or it is also possible to hire horses. The ideal riding holiday with your own horse in beautiful Wales.

The philosophy behind the Loop.

Many riders have tried out The 3 Rivers Ride, the linear BHS long distance route, a large part of which runs through the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Although they enjoyed the experience of the holiday with their own horse, they expressed their frustration of ending up 95 miles from their transport at the end of the trip at Libanus. As the area within the Brecon Beacons National Park was the most popular stretch, Lucienne Bennett, who ran a very successful horse B&B along the route, was asked by riders if they could come back and take a holiday with their own horse, riding loops based round her home. She thought about it and decided to design, research and set up the Brecon Beacons and Radnor Loop, making use of the glorious scenery in this area and the lovely bridleways and open hills, very inviting for long gallops.

 

To make this holiday feasible, she and her husband first walked all the stretches which make up the trail to find the most suitable route. Once that was done, Lucienne rode the whole distance on her own pony, Velvet, to make sure that it was enjoyable, safe and easy to complete. They have tweaked the route a few times and the end result is a lovely and very varied route which shows this area off to its best and takes riders over bridleways through enclosed wooded areas, along the river Wye and over open hill and moorland. All sections of the loop are checked several times during the season to make sure it is accessible at all times.

Riders on Llangorse Mountain overlooking Llangorse Lake accompanied by a MTB cyclist

As the County Access and Bridleway Officer for the BHS in Wales, she had already a very good working relationship with the wardens of the Brecon Beacons National Park and she has had a lot of help from them in selecting and upgrading sections of the bridleways on the loop.

At different times of the year the views change along the trail and a very special time to take your own horse on holiday is the period between the middle of May and the middle of June when all the bluebells are out. They come in flower on the lower area in May and finish around mid June on the high ground. Several of the bridleways take you through these areas.

Bridleway on the wild open spaces of the Eppynt, Mid Wales

Posing before a gallop in the Black Mountains

Enjoying a canter on a bridleway through Allt y Fran woods near Glasbury

This riding trail takes riders over very varied terrain and includes some of the best going that this area of Wales has to offer. Although riders can enjoy long gallops along lovely grass bridleways and open hill, we tend to describe this holiday as sight seeing on horseback because of the stunning scenery. The views change all the time along the trail ride. There are a few places where you can go for a paddle in the river or Llangorse Lake.

Paddling in the river Wye at the border between England and Wales

Paddle or even go for a swim in Llangorse lake

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Take your own horse on holiday in Wales, or hire a horse to ride the trail, staying at a B&B en route. Bed and Breakfast with your own horse.

The Brecon Beacons and Radnor Loop

75 mile Riding Holiday in Wales.

 

Mrs Jeanne Sowerby

Berth Fedw Farm

Talgarth

Powys,

LD3 0ED

 

Tel: 01874 711019

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Email: jeanne.sowerby@btinternet.com

 

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last updated 25-02-2015