Pembrokeshire Riding Holidays
The mild climate allows for horse riding holidays all year round – think of Camelot – that’s Pembrokeshire! A county of contrasts, from the Preseli Hills in the north, the beautiful Gwaun Valley (where New Year is celebrated on January 13th!), to the fertile lowlands of the south with its ancient forests and woodlands. Blessed with a variety of beaches from the safe and secluded to those that challenge surfers, with offshore islands harbouring colonies of Puffins and other sea birds, and in whose seas you can watch seals, porpoises and dolphins.
Pembrokeshire Riding Holidays Website
Pembrokeshire – the secret corner of southwest Wales, ‘where the land meets the sky and the sea’. The home of the U.K.’s only coastal National Park, redolent with history from Iron Age man, the Vikings, the Romans and the Normans. Untouched by industry, motorways or shopping malls, Pembrokeshire offers the visitor small busy market towns, quiet roads, welcoming beaches and a varied and beautiful countryside where attractions and activities blend with their surroundings making it ideal for short breaks and horse riding holidays. Whatever your reason for visiting, be it rest and relaxation or the need to be entertained, Pembrokeshire will meet your needs – and leave you wanting to return.
Only 4 hours from London or Manchester and you will step into another world, where the air is fresh and clean, the locals friendly and welcoming, and even the motorists are courteous.
The mild climate allows for horse riding holidays all year round – think of Camelot – that’s Pembrokeshire! A county of contrasts, from the Preseli Hills in the north, the beautiful Gwaun Valley (where New Year is celebrated on January 13th!), to the fertile lowlands of the south with its ancient forests and woodlands. Blessed with a variety of beaches from the safe and secluded to those that challenge surfers, with offshore islands harbouring colonies of Puffins and other sea birds, and in whose seas you can watch seals, porpoises and dolphins. Caldey Island, the home of a Cistercian Monastery who produce their own perfume and chocolate, Fishguard, now a major ferry port, but also the site of the last attempted invasion by the French just over 200 years ago. Wherever you go in Pembrokeshire you will marvel at the beauty and history. St David’s, the smallest city in Britain with its lovely 6th Century Cathedral – built in a hollow to hide it from sea borne invaders. Pembroke Castle, once a Norman stronghold and later the birthplace of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty. Amroth and Wisemans Bridge where GeneralEisenhower and Mr Winston Churchill stood on the beach watching the D-Day rehearsals in 1944.
Now, Pembrokeshire welcomes visitors of another kind, those seeking a break from the stress of everyday life, an escape from traffic jams and crowded streets. Not just ideal for horse riding holidays but also for short breaks and many other outdoor activities.
Come and see for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.
For over 40 years the Weaver family have owned and loved horses. Not a casual or passing love affair, but a deep passion for everything equestrian. From their first pony (an Irish utility) Silver Melody in 1963 to their present day complement of 27 (4 of whom are pensioners and live out their remaining years in peace and comfort), their lives have revolved around horses. Known as the stables that never sell, they moved to Pembrokeshire in 1989 and set about passing on this love of horses. Since then, they have taught several generations of children (and adults!) not only to ride, but to love and respect their mounts.
Now, based on their own riding holiday experiences, they have put together 2 day, 3 day and a full week holiday where the emphasis is on riding coupled with comfortable accommodation, good food and evening entertainments at a fully inclusive price. Aimed at competent adult riders only (minimum age 17) each group of 6 riders and escorts take a different route each day, covering varied terrain at all paces stopping for lunch at a local farmhouse or Inn. On the 3 day and the full week you have the option of an afternoon beach or country park ride.
If your idea of a riding holiday is a crocodile of mixed ability adults and children, mooching along for an hour or so a day – then Pembrokeshire Riding Holidays is NOT for you! Still interested? Then read on………
Our horses are carefully selected and trained for your pleasure. We have a selection of 11 fit forward going horses that will carry you over the various terrains at all paces.
Here are their details……….we hope you will love them as much as we do!
16.2, a full Shire, black, known to us as Treacle because he’s sweet but thick!
15.2, Hanoverian X Cob, Dun, can be a spirited ride, but is tractable.
16.2, Thoroughbred, Bay, everyone says he’s a honey to ride.
14.3, Thoroughbred X, Bay, a lively ride, but totally reliable
15.2, Shire X Thoroughbred, Black, a lady in all respects.
16.2, Anglo Arab, Chestnut, the perfect gentleman
15.3, Irish Sports, Chestnut, still a baby, but well mannered with it.
15.2, Thoroughbred/Irish Draught, Black, the dancing queen.
15.2, Welsh Cob, Black, big and forward going.
15, Welsh Cob, Dun, a character, the clown of the stables.
14.1, Cob X, Chestnut, sturdy and comfortable in all paces
We are fortunate that Pembrokeshire is blessed with a profusion of permissive paths, and bridle ways. These, together with old drovers trails, smugglers paths and quiet bye ways lend themselves to full days on horseback. We take you through woodlands, ancient forests and over open countryside, traversing the Knights Way, discovering small pretty villages that took their names from Norman knights nearly a thousand years ago. Each route has been carefully researched so that you, our guests, can experience a variety of terrains and travel at various paces. The optional beach ride, on the full week and 3 day break, takes place at Pembrey and is guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away! All lunches when riding are taken at a local farm or country Inn where fresh local produce is used. You may, if you wish, groom and tack up your own horse each day.
Options and Prices
3 days riding, bed, breakfasts, lunches (except Wednesday), and 3 course dinners.
Arrive p.m. Monday.
Ride all day Tuesday, ride Wednesday p.m. (with a choice of a beach or country park ride), ride all day Thursday. Depart p.m. Thursday.
£375 per rider - ensuite accommodation
£330 per rider - budget accommodation
2 days riding, bed, breakfasts, lunches, 3 course dinners. Arrive p.m. Friday
Ride all day Saturday and Sunday. Depart p.m. Sunday
£260 per rider - ensuite accommodation
£230 per rider - budget accommodation
Long Weekend Break
2 days riding with beach ride on Monday morning, bed, breakfasts, lunches, 3 course dinners. Arrive p.m. Friday
Ride all day Saturday and Sunday. Beach ride Monday.
£390 per rider - ensuite accommodation
£345 per rider - budget accommodation
Full Week Holiday
Riding on 6 days, 7 nights bed and breakfast, lunches on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 3 course dinners each night. Arrive p.m. Saturday
Ride p.m. Sunday, all day Monday and Tuesday, p.m. Wednesday (with the choice of a beach or country park ride) ride all day Thursday and Friday. Depart a.m. Saturday
£725 per rider - ensuite accommodation
£620 per rider - budget accommodation
Should you wish, we can arrange additional nights accommodation. For non riders, Pembrokeshire offers golf, walking, fishing, sight seeing and shopping, together with a host of other activities and attractions. As parties are limited to a maximum of 6 guests, early booking is advisable.
Please note: Pembrokeshire Riding Holidays is a partnership between the Dunes Riding Centre, various accommodation providers and eating establishments.
Your accommodation will be selected for you, by us, according to availability. It may be up to 6 miles from the stables, and there is no public transport.
The beach ride will take place at either Pembrey Country Park or Marros Riding Centre, Pendine according to tides and availability. If you are not travelling here by car, we suggest you contact another of the partnership, Jeffcabs on 0800 7834199 to arrange your transport.
Pembrokeshire Riding Holidays
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015