Top Ten United Kingdom Classic Adventures

Ride the Black Mountains

The Black Mountains rise abruptly from the lush woods and fields of central Wales, a long spine of steep-sided heather moorland crisscrossed by ancient cattle drover's tracks. It's heaven to ride for two to five days on good Welsh Cobs, which you feed, groom and tack up yourself. One route takes you past a ruined house in a secluded valley where a 19th-century lord kept his mistress. Another has you overnighting in a 12th-century abbey. If you need a rest, tie your horse your horse and step into a pub. You may be followed by groups of wild ponies. Buzzards wheel overhead; 1,000 feet below, a patchwork of fields and hedgerows stretches off into the haze.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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