A holiday in the beautiful North Wales countryside can be a wonderful opportunity to rekindle - or just indulge – a passion for riding.
Quite apart from the wonderful variety of terrains and magical landscapes, you’ll find miles and miles of traffic-free bridleways and gallops that are just waiting to be explored. From scenic hilltops to quiet country lanes and wide open beaches, there are excellent opportunities for riding, hacking and trekking throughout the region.
There are plenty of friendly riding schools and stables which offer lessons, treks and hacks that are tailored to suit all abilities and confidence levels. So whether you fancy a canter in the surf, a gallop across the rolling fields, or just an easy trot around the bridleways there’s a riding activity to suit you.
Take a look below at some of our local riding schools that will help you take the reins and get back in the saddle.
Set alongside the beautiful Menai Straits with stunning views of Caernarfon Castle and the Snowdonia mountain range beyond, you won’t find horse riding in more involving surroundings.
Anglesey Riding Centre has five miles of private bridleways which give a fantastic, safe introduction to riding. And with access to the nearby beach more experienced riders will find plenty here to challenge them too. Tel. 01248 430377
Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you ride through quiet country lanes or go trekking up Garn Fadryn mountain and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Snowdonia to Hell's Mouth and South Wales. On a clear day you can see as far as the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland!
If you are really keen you can visit the school for a ‘stable day’. Take along a packed lunch, have a lesson and a hack and help out with the horses. Pen Llyn also offers exciting beach rides for experienced riders, stopping at a local inn for refreshments en route.
Tel. 01758 730 741
Located in North Wales between Snowdon and the sea, Snowdonia Riding Stables offers you superb riding amongst some of the best mountain and coastal scenery in the British Isles.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a competent rider you’ll love the miles of traffic-free bridleways, spectacular scenery and mountain views. There’s a range of rides available, from a 45 minutes guided walk for young children to a full day’s hacking in the hills.
Tel. 01286 479435
The riding centre at Gwydyr Stables (formerly Ty Coch) offers a wonderful location for horse riding, pony trekking or extended day trail rides.
The centre is situated 4 miles from Betws y Coed and surrounded by National Trust and Forestry Commission land. It provides breathtaking scenery in which to enjoy the excellent views across the Snowdonia Mountains. Tel 01690 760248
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