Pony Trekking

Pony Trekking & Horse Riding in Gwynedd, North Wales.

Here at Bwlchgwyn Farm we have many Pony Trekking and Horse riding activities to choose from. You can trek along the beach  and  the Mawddach Estuary with magnificent views of this scenic splendour of the Snowdonia  and Cader Idris mountain ranges. 

We offer horse holiday packages or bring your own horse for the day !

You do not need to be staying on site you can call 07900573662 to book the Trekking .

Main season (school holidays) rides out to the beach you need to book at least 3/4 days in advance so not to be disapointed

We have larger horses as well as Ponies so can cater for both adults and Children.

Please call us first thing in the morning if you wish to ride that day as ride times vary with the tides and out of season we only bring horses in as and when people book in.

You do not need to be an expert to trek we cater for all abilities from complete begginer to experienced riders.

Closed Sundays in 6 week summer Holidays unless by special arrangement.Please call to make arrangements.

1st November to 1st February Closed

Open February half term weather permitting please call for further info


Pony Trekking in Gwynedd, North Wales

Pony Trekking centre offers rides along beautiful Mawddach Estuary, or carry on to Fairbourne's sandy beach .

  • All riders are subject to assessment; weight limit is approximately 13 stone depending on ability.
  • STRICTLY NO SHORTS, SCARFS, FLAPPING OR LOOSE CLOTHING,SKIRTS OR SANDALS WHILST RIDING you must wear long trousers and a closed in shoe or boot.

Novice Estuary Trek- £35 per horse/pony Approx 1 hour duration.

Suitable for the complete beginner/novice families with young children from 4 yrs up. Trek along our own farm land in amongst the resident sheep and wildlife, Herons, Shell ducks and Rare White Egrets , with magnificent views of the Mawddach Estuary, Victorian Viaduct Bridge  and Cader Idris mountain range & Pretty Barmouth Harbour.

Novice Beach Trek- £60 per horse/pony Approx 2 hours

Suitable for complete beginners/novices from  7 yrs up (children up to 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult) Trek down through our own farm land along the picturesque Mawddach Estuary and down on to Fairbourne’s sandy beach. This is just at a walking/trekking pace. Just shy of 2 hours. Approx 15 mins on the beach with views of Cardigan Bay & pretty Barmouth Harbour, old Victorian Railway Viaduct Bridge and Cadair Idris Mountain Range.

Private Experienced Ride £120pp  (2 people riding £110pp) 

15 min assessment is included .  (Please note this may be required to ensure your level of experience)

This ride is for very experienced riders only ( 13 yrs up depending on exp),  we ride along our Pony path & Mawddach Trail onto the open beach then you have a lovely canter along the sand with all the views of the sea and mountains  Approx 1 hour.45 to 2 hours mins depending on pace. Please note this is not available during 6 week school summer holidays)

Split ride group  sometimes can be arranged depending on group size     where you have a canter on the beach then join back to group novice ride.  £90

What to bring and wear:

  • Sensible footwear, preferrably sturdy boot with small heel NO FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS!!!!
  • Long trousers only. NO SHORTS OR SKIRTS
  • Clothing appropiate for the ever changing Welsh weather. Lightweight waterproof coat is recommended. No clothing can be tied around waist.
  • All riders should wear gloves. These can be purchased in reception if you have none.
  • Riding hats and some boots can be borrowed from the centre, if you have your own hat it will have to be checked for correct standard prior to use.
  • Cameras or Go Pros/bodycams are NOT permitted.
  • Bags or camera bags are not allowed to be taken on the horses, bags can be stored at the centre if necessary.
  • Cash or Card payment facilities available. Payment in full required on booking, non refundable within 2 weeks.
  • No refunds due to inclement weather (unless we cancel the ride).

Management have the right to refuse or remove any rider at any time.

ALL OUR TIMES ARE APPROX and times can vary as to how many persons on the ride , pace of the ride ect.


Horse Riding Lessons in Gwynedd, North Wales

Horse riding lessons in North Wales -  Private flat-work, grid or jumping lessons on own horse or centres horses with our qualified instuctor.

All lessons can be arranged to suit the individual rider , on our wide range of proven horses kept at Bwlchgwyn Farm.

Please note that lessons are available from 4 years upwards. Book early to avoid disappointment.

No SHORTS or sandals whilst riding.

Private Horse Riding Lessons with BHSI .

1/2 hour private riding lesson (child 4yrs -14yrs) - £32 per person

1/2 hour shared riding lesson    (child)                       £25pp

45 minute  jump lesson - Child/Adult £50 per person

45 minutes private riding lesson Child- £40 per person

Adult (15yrs up)- £45pp

45 minutes shared riding lesson  Child (4yrs -14yrs)- £35 per person

Adult (15yrs up) - £40pp

1 hour lesson- 45 minutes riding lesson and 30 minutes stable management- £50 per Child  &  £60per adult.

This 1 hour lesson includes 30 minutes stable managemet.  This helps to build confidence and undertanding around the ponies/horses.


Menage Hire 

Menage Hire 1 hour hire with showjumps - £20

Menage hire 1 hour - £15

Floodlights £3 per hour

Any additional horse - £5 (each)

Specialised Clinics

Please contact us for details on Clinics (using Guest Instructors) or sign up to our newsletter or Facebook page for more details.

Enquire for our daily rates. All riders are subject to assessment; Weight limits 12 stone depending on ability for Lessons.

Paddock Rides  1/2 hour £20pp

This is tailored for small children aged 2-4years. Parents participation maybe required.
Basic riding instruction given.  A great way to get a feel for a horse. Given in sand enclosed arena.

Lessons can be arranged please call 07900573662

Horse Holiday Packages in Gwynedd, North Wales

At Bwlchgwyn Farm we provide everything you may need to ensure you and your horse can have an enjoyable holiday together. We also offer bespoke short stay riding holidays for clients that do not have their own horses and want to enjoy a short enjoyable equestrian filled stay which can be tailored to your riding ability whether you are a complete beginner or a very experienced rider.

Park up and ride : Bring own horse with access out to the beach along Mawddach Estuary through our farm land (no Road Work) must have own full insurance and horses must be up to date with  vaccinations. £50 pp . Day Pass.

Park up Ride and stay overnight in own horse box: £65 pppn (to include stable/access) bring own bedding and Hay/feed.

Extra persons not riding £10pppn. By appointment only   (May to October)

Bring your own horse September to June excluding major school and  bank holidays. 

£POA:which includes:

  • Stay in a luxury self catering cottage or Glamping Pod/ Static Caravan
  • Stabling for your horse (internal or external stables)
  • Turnout facilities
  • Bedding (shavings).
  • Hay (Haylage can be provided by arrangement)
  • Access to surfaced outdoor arena (Use of all jumps). Additional Cost
  • Rides around the farm land and to the beach  (escorted by a guide at an extra cost).
  • Lessons can be arranged at an additional cost.
  • Additional nights can also be arranged at an extra cost.

Public liability insurance is required for you and your horse. Reduced rate for groups of 5+.  ALL LIVERIES MUST HAVE UP TO DATE FLU VACCINATION CERTIFICATES.

Bespoke riding holiday package suitable for Beginner/Novice riders  September to June excluding major school and bank holidays.

£POA: which includes:

  • Stay in a luxury self catering cottage or Glamping Pod/ Static Caravan
  • Use of the centres horses for up to 4 hours of riding throughout the stay which can consist of lessons, Estuary rides and Beach rides (walk/trot). Extra riding time can be arranged at additional cost.
  • Stable management sessions can also be provided if desired.
  • Additional nights can also be arranged at an extra cost.
Reduced rate for groups of 5+

Bespoke riding holiday package suitable for Intermediate/Experienced rides

£POA: which includes and can be tailored to requirements:

  • Stay in a luxury self catering cottage or Glamping Pod/ Static Caravan
  • Use of the centres horses for lessons, Estuary rides, Beach rides and use of menage and full jump set. Suitable for experienced riders only as fast paced ride on the beach (approx 2 hours)
  • Stable management sessions can also be provided of desired.
  • Additional nights can also be arranged at an extra cost.

Reduced rate for groups of 5+

Minimum of a 2 night stay

Selection of our Riding School and Trekking Horses

We have over 30 horses available to ride at our centre which we can guarantee will meet your individual equestrian needs!

Tommy: A full up sized cob who is an ideal horse to experience a lovely canter down the beach, he is also suitable for more experienced riders to have an equally enjoyable riding experience.

Toby: One of our trusty novice horse cobs, he is perfect for any riders that are particularily nervous or have never ridden a horse before!

Coco: An ace little pony who has a rather funky mane, she is a firm favourite with both our riding lesson and trekking customers.

Millie - A one in a million Irish cob, easy to do in every way this 15'1hh piebald mare is suitable for all levels of rides especially novice.

Lady Grey - Lovely heavy weight cob, a good weight carrier and a popular choice for our more novice riders. The photo on the right shows 'Lady Grey' all dolled up for our Halloween party with one of our youngest Pony Club kids. She is also a firm favourite with our local RDA group, please click on this link for more info on the group http://www.msrg.org.uk/index.htm

Della - 14.2hh grey mare. Shes a great mare for a beach hack and a very popular choice for the private beach rides as she is a steady mare with a sweet nature.great attitude on the beach, loves a gallop and is well mannered for all levels of riders.

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We have lots of other horses and ponies just get in touch and we will find the right horse for you!