I’m a keen horse rider myself, and enjoy riding locally near Little Trewern, on my horse, “Big J”.
After Wesley, our local Blacksmith, has trimmed Big J’s hooves and re-shod him, I’m ready to head out into the beautiful countryside that surrounds us here at Little Trewern.
I enjoy riding along the Monnow valley, fording the sparkling river near Longtown, then heading out towards the Black Mountains.
However my favourite riding area is in the spectacular Vale of Ewyas, in the Black Mountains, only a short distance away from us. Indeed my dream outing is to go cantering along the top of the Darrens (Red Darren and Black Darren are crags that face eastwards towards Little Trewern) with the wind whistling through the horse’s mane and mud flying up from the hooves of the horse in front. Pure heaven!
Sadly, Llanthony Riding and Trekking, who were based at the Court Farm, right next to the ancient Llanthony Priory, are no longer operating as a trekking centre. However, if you are riding outside of the main school holidays, I can recommend Tregoyd Mountain Riders for a day trek into the hills around Hay on Wye. And there are many different organisations offering trekking further afield in the Brecon Beacons National Park.