Trail riding in Snowdonia

Where We Ride

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We are based in the Cambrian Mountains and ride near Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Dolgellau, in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere area. The Cambrian Mountains is the secret of Wales! As scenic as the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia but without the crowds and touristy prices it is a great place to visit. We ride close to the second and third highest mountains, which are Plynlimon and Cader Idris. We take you to the most unspoilt mountains and valleys in Wales, with wonderful views. We see many birds including red kites and buzzards, and occasionally wildlife such as weasels, stoats, foxes, wild goats and deer. We do see lots of sheep, but not many people! Trail riding is more than just about the riding – it is a great day out in the countryside.

We often start at Ponterwyd, which is a village twelve miles inland from Aberystwyth on the A44. This area is particularly good in winter as there are a good variety of green lanes without much tarmac in between, many of which are suitable for novices. And we have found the best cafes giving the most enjoyable lunch stop!

Machynlleth is good for two days riding, because we go different directions on each day. The most northerly meeting place is Dolgellau, and the most southern is Rhayader. In the summer we usually ride from our house, and may use routes with longer stretches of tarmac. Occasionally we organise extra long rides which carry on into the evening. In the winter, we tend to try and stay more compact. There are some areas where there is no alternative to main roads for a few miles, but unless there has been a delay and time is getting on, wherever possible we take minor tarmac roads instead of A and B roads.

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If you enjoy mythical stories, you might like this animation of the The Three Sisters of Plynlimon

For places to stay, please see our accommodation page.

Link to a slideshow about our riding days.