Holiday with Your Horse

Ride Across Wales

The ultimate experience; The X-Wales ride is a 6 day ride from the English border to the welsh coast over approximately 95 miles of absolutely wonderful country And climbing 15000ft (4570m); the equivalent of 3 1/2 times up and down Ben Nevis or up and down Snowdonia 4 times.

Ride Across Wales

Up until 2020 we rode a 6 day route (or 11 for folks who wanted to ride there and back!)

We hope to be able to offer this ride post COVID 19 but have had to cancel all 2020 rides due to the restrictions. The route will need reviewing when we can re-open as at the moment we do not know what the accommodation situation will be along the trail .. If you would like to ride across wales in the future please let us know and we will keep you informed of progress as and when we are able to re-offer the route.

The ultimate experience

The X-Wales ride is a 6 day ride from the English border to the welsh coast over approximately 95 miles of absolutely wonderful country And climbing 15000ft (4570m); the equivalent of 3 1/2 times up and down Ben Nevis or up and down Snowdonia 4 times. The mileage is between 14 and 17 miles each day. A mileage that is nothing in endurance terms perhaps but with much of it being unmarked and some of it over tricky terrain and wild country this ride is more of an expedition. You do need to good map reading skills even with digital mapping and your route pack.

Throughout your ride

  • Throughout your ride you are likely to see Red kite, Buzzards, wild ponies and of course plenty of sheep. It is quite possible however to not see another person for a whole day other than your hosts, and you only have 3 main road crossings! The ride finishes with a fabulous beach day, a short tide to the coast and a day at the sea.  It is more than possible to extend your holiday with a mid-ride mini-break or turn it into an 11 day ride by riding all the way back too, as some intrepid explorers have done.  It rides totally differently in reverse offering a different perspective on the Cambrian Mountains, with the added bonus of saving you the journey back from the beach.h minimal road work; hills at their best; wild without being rugged, steep here and there but with the reward of being flat topped with wonderful grassy paths.  This little-known part of wales with its array of bridlepaths, open moorland and old drover’s trails is a trail rider’s paradise.

On your day of arrival

On your day of arrival, we recommend that you allow enough time (approx 5 hours) to settle your horses at Brandy House and then to take your vehicle to your last nights’ livery.  On your beach day then you can ride without all your kit and also back to your vehicle where you can either depart home or return to the Brandy House for one last night. (some guests arrange for their own transport to meet then on the beach at Ynyslas Nature Reserve or hire a horse transporter for the return trip to Brandy House)

To access the beach the tide needs to be low, so this ride is only available when the tide times suit.

The Route

We have been exploring, walking, riding and negotiating the route for 10 plus years. It is ever evolving as it weaves its way through remote countryside and we work passionately and tirelessly to keep the route open and ridden. We offer you the benefit of our experience and knowledge of the area to bring you the best possible routes we have found and that are currently rideable. You will stay with some wonderful hosts who we value tremendously not only because of their locations but because of the service they offer you our guests and your horses.

Disclaimer: Distances are approximate and routes constantly evolving and subject to change

Day 1 – 17 miles (27k)

A mixture of open hill, old tracks, high ridges and rolling countryside to your first nights’ accommodation; a lovely country house B&B where your hosts will either cook for you or run you to the local pub for your evening meal
Climbing approx. 2425 ft (740 m) & descending 2459ft (750m)

Day 2 – 17 miles (27k)

Using permissive routes over some lovely country joining parts of the Glyndwr’s way, past the historic Marshes Pool and into the village of Llangurig with an overnight pub stop.
Climbing approx. 2789 ft (850m) & descending 2785ft (849m) so ending up 4ft higher than you started!

Day 3 – 17 miles (27k)

Your route will vary depending on whether you are stopping over in the Hafren Forest for a mini-break en-route. Either way you will be heading out; in and around the Hafren and on to the Plynlimon foothills over some beautiful and remote country.
Accommodation; either in a beautifully remote pub with sauna out on the trail or in the gorgeous Cwmbiga farm Cottages (2 night minimum stay) perfect for rest and recuperation and maybe a walk to the Osprey and Reservoir viewing point.
Climbing approx. 3050 ft (930m) & descending 2749ft (838m)

Day 4 – 14 miles (22k)

Over high country & spectacular ridges with stunning views as you continue your journey around the foothills of Plynlimon to stay the night at a traditional welsh hill farm
Climbing approx. 2766 ft (843 m) and descending 3479ft (1060m)

Day 5 – 15 miles (24k)

More stunning views as you continue up and down though spectacular hill country; you get your first glimpse of the sea on this day and maybe an opportunity for a penultimate celebratory drink as you pass through Talybont. Your horses will be staying at a livery yard with views of Borth and you will be staying at a local B&B.
Climbing 3253 ft (992m) and descending 3660 ft (1116m)

Day 6 – Beach Day 5-14miles (8-22k)

The beach at Borth is just 2 ½ miles (4k) from your livery or take a route via the pub at Talybont making it 8 miles round trip to the beach & back. The Beach is 3 miles long & if you’re lucky there might be an ice cream van at the other end at Ynyslas – so you have plenty of options for a fabulous last day on the trail.
Climbing 723ft (220m) and descending 718ft (219m) if you do the circular route or if you take the most direct route to the beach & back 320ft (97m) and descending 318ft (96m).

Day 7 – 11 – The Ultimate Experience

Retrace your steps back to the English border having ridden approx 170 miles of absolutely wonderful country. The route rides totally differently each way offering a brilliant 11 day trail.

Please contact us for a personalised quote based on your specific requirements and what we are able to offer.

Things to do

Cycling

We offer Cycle Friendly Accommodation on the Welsh borders with great XC riding on the doorstep and within easy reach of several world class mountain bike centres with freeride, downhill and uplift facilities.

Walking

No crowds, no hassle, no pressure – that’s walking in Mid-Wales! The opportunities for walking from the Brandy house are endless. Take the long route into the village (about half an hour through ancient oak woods) or spend several days hiking

Events

We host a variety of events at the Brandy House and there is lots going on in the area too.

 

oliver h
11/10/2020
Great place Really enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in the glamping caravan and it was cosy with great views, set aside in its own little area. The owner we spoke to was friendly and helpful everytime we saw him. The firepit was a welcome touch in the chilly evenings, with the firewood topped up daily, with a decent range of size pieces to have a good evening fire. This cost extra but was well worth it. There are great walks starting literally from the site itself and there is a pub about 200 yards away that was warm and friendly. All in all, a great place to stay.
Jackie M
05/10/2020
Excellent stay , very clean, wonderful atmoshere. Beautiful views. Peaceful place to stay right on the Glyndwr's way. Wonderful atmosphere. Very friendly and helpful hosts, and friendly guests. The Sycamore pod was cosy, warm and has a lovely decking area to sit and watch the ponies, listen to the birds, and watch the clear skies at night. Pod was very clean and sanitised. Eco toilet is very clean and near to the pods. The Radnorshire Arms , Beguildy serves excellent food and drinks. Dogs welcome outside itn the garden. The Wharf Inn at Felindre is a friendly local, 5 minutes walk , and has a large garden. Dogs welcome inside as well. Will be looking forward to returning for another visit to Brandy House Farm. Highly recommended.
emmalouise2018
01/10/2020
A very special place We were a group of 5 girlfriends with our ponies and stayed 3 nights self catering in one of the cottages. What an idyllic location, a beautiful tanquil hideaway with an interesting choice of glamping pods, stone barn conversions, farmhouse etc all thoughtfully laid out amongst lovely gardens. Our horses seemed very settled too, they were well catered for with stables and paddock options and unlimited good quality hay. Medina and Richard are fabulous hosts, very welcoming, happy to share local knowledge, nothing is too much trouble. This is an ideal location for a horsey holiday with miles of off road riding literally on the door step!
Rachel P
12/08/2020
Simplicity, peace and beautiful countryside, with touches of luxury The situation is so lovely, half way up a hillside overlooking a beautiful valley. Total peace and quiet. The camping pods are cosy, and you can get breakfast delivered and light a fire in the evening. (They have Holiday cottages too.) Walking absolutely brilliant, from the doorstep. All simple, super-clean and well thought-out, with friendly hosts. Pub and excellent village shop 2 miles away in Beguildy. You can book an excellent taxi service from Knighton if you need it. I was very sorry to leave!
Kirkham81
10/08/2020
Mini Trip Stayed on this lovely farm for two nights August 8th-10th in The Willow Pod. My two children enjoyed the novelty factor of this accommodation which was lovely & plenty of room. Two fold down beds & two sofa beds for the kids comfy enough. Nice area to sit outside in too with a fire bin & wood provided at cost but you get plenty of wood for the money paid. Very friendly owners,nice & safe for the kids to play round the pod. Free WiFi on the bench. Really enjoyable couple of days would definitely return.
Sally B
23/07/2020
Fantastic relaxing stay. Stayed in the Barn End self catering cottage, with my partner & dog, and brought my horse too. Brandy House Farm has recently opened up after the COVID lockdown and the hygiene and safety measures in place were excellent, in the cottage and around the whole facility. Felt very clean and safe without affecting our stay at all. The cottage is lovely and we particularly enjoyed the beautiful relaxing garden. The countryside around the Brandy House is stunning and we enjoyed 4 days of off-road riding/walking. Thoroughly recommend.
Vera
03/05/2020
Fabulous place, excellent hospitality I stayed at the B&B one night while walking Glyndwr's Way in 2019 and loved it! Absolute 5 star place. In fact, I loved it so much that I booked it again in 2020. Sadly, the Corona virus had other plans for us all. Even though the cancellation policy called for a non-refundable £10 (which is fair), the proprietors were nice enough to forgo it. That just a testament to their spirit of good hospitality. I hope to go back and thank them for that in person in 2021.
ramblingwhiterose
26/10/2019
Day 1 Glyndwr's Way A welcome sight at the end of the first day and downhill too. We took the b and b option and this was a lovely private ensuite room in the farmhouse. There are other accommodation options. Provided with welcoming cake and tea - I ate both pieces of cake - expanding waistline again. We stayed on an evening when meals were not provided at the farmhouse, but we were taken to the friendly Radnorshire Arms, where we had a tasty meal at an unbelievable price. An excellent breakfast was provided by Richard and it was interesting to hear about the diversity at Brandy Farmhouse and all that entailed. Thank you
trainerjulia
07/10/2019
High standard and peaceful location we rented (me, my Mum and my Husband) booked a self catering cottage for a week. the standard of the cottage is very high every thing we need was on hand. the icing on the cake has to be the Hot tub which is prepared for you by Richard and then you fire it up yourself on subsequent days. It was just glorious to sit in hot water and look at the surrounding country side, it was even great in the rain! The location is great for walking and visiting nearby places. there is a pub in the village open in the evenings (no food) but there is a lovely pub Radnorshire Arms not far away which does excellent food if you don't feel like cooking. Your hosts Medina and Richard are very welcoming and happy to help. They also cater for people who like taking their horses on holiday.
Ann L
04/09/2019
Outstanding B&B on Glyndwr's Way! Absolutely superb! We stayed whilst walking Glyndwr's Way and this was a perfect oasis at the end of a long hilly day trekking! Friendliest helpful service, wonderful comfortable stylish accommodation and the most delicious gorgeous homemade food! Offered cake on arrival then a 3 course dinner! I am vegan and had wonderful pea & mint soup with warm homemade bread for starter, three bean casserole and sides for main, then fresh fruit salad and vegan coconut yoghurt for dessert; my husband loved his creamy chicken dish too. Lovely breakfasts and excellent accommodation. Also super-impressed by the recycling/environmental ethics and values of the owners, even using environmentally friendly detergents, washing up liquid etc. Cannot recommend highly enough!
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