BLANCA TREKKING A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS
We are a friendly, family run business based in the wonderful Carmarthenshire countryside. We may be small, but we have so much to offer all our visitors. The beautiful Brechfa forest area is ideal country to be explored on horseback.
It consists of large areas of open mountain, planted forestry and beautiful valleys, as well as farm land complete with tempting tracks and bridleways. Llanllwni Mountain is on the edge of the Cambrian Mountain range. It is owned by the Crown Estates and managed by graziers. It is a large area of common land with open access making perfect riding country.
He views from the mountain are fabulous. The Brecon Beacons are easily seen and on a clear day you can see the preseli mountains to the west and even the Snowdonia mountains to the north.
Riding out on the mountain gives ample opportunities to see many of the different species of wildlife which live here. You will almost be certain to catch sight of the Red Kites, buzzards and larks and maybe lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a hen harrier, peregrine or a beautiful flock of golden plovers. For those people interested in history, there are several sites of bronze age burial sites clearly seen on the mountain, and for everybody in the late summer, there is the unforgettable sight of the mountain covered in purple heather.
Dillwyn has lived and farmed on the mountain all his life, and therefore there is no-one better able to guide you around the area. He is a natural horseman who was riding almost before he was walking! Horses have always been an important feature of the farm, used for shepherding the sheep as well as for pleasure. Dillwyn has also used heavy horses for working in the forestry. His two daughters, Lyndsy and Maria grew up with horses and have inherited his love for them. They help Dillwyn with the horses and with him, will be your guides on the rides, together with Natalie, a close family friend. Other helpers include Lisa, (sister in law) and Ruth, (Dillwyns wife).
— “Had a fantastic time with the Blanca Trekking team. Very helpful and friendly, with brilliant horses in a beautiful location. We had two rides over the mountains taking in amazing views and some local sites. Definitely coming back for more and would very much recommend a ride or two with them!” —
Susan Chandler – Brighton
Who We Are
Our success depends on the strength of our team. We take pride in welcoming all our visitors at Blanca Trekking, so here is a little introduction to the team before we meet you in person at the farm.
— “I can’t recommend these highly enough….and you all know how fussy I am about how horses are kept. This is not a ‘posh’ trekking centre It is a beautiful haven in a mad world where the mental (and physical) health of the horses is put before image and profit. The mountains are stunning, the happy horses are willing and safe and the people are the among the nicest I have ever met.” —
Tracey Gower – Sussex
OFFERING A VARIETY OF TREKS FOR ALL ABILITIES
Rides along local tracks and bridleways.
Rides consist of walking or maybe a gentle trot at times. Each rider accompanied by an experienced guide – leading rein available if required.
A variety of rides available.
Over open mountain, and through forestry, with opportunities for long canters, trotting, or gentle walking to suit abilities and requests. Accompanied at all times by local and experienced riders. Half day or full day treks can be arranged.
Relaxing scenic cart rides
Cart rides are also available around the village or over Llanllwni mountain and Brechfa forest (children welcome).
Elizabeth Ruth Davies (BSc RGN Dip Hip)
Can offer relaxation sessions prior to a horse ride if booked in advance. This may be suitable for those wishing to ride but need a little extra reassurance. Ruth is a qualified hypnotherapist working from one of our yurts.
Sessions are £40 per hour.
We have 2 yurts that sleep up to four people (1x double & 2 singles), but we can additionally provide a travel cot and high chair if required for little visitors! Kitted out with gorgeous, cozy furnishings (including traditional, antique Welsh items) and a lovely little log burner, we can guarantee your stay inside the yurt will be warm and relaxing. You also have access to your own little shed, in which you will find a small gas hob, pots, pans, cutlery etc. and plenty of space to store those coats and wellies!
Complete with eco-friendly compost toilets, along with a bathroom and toilet with running water, we are sure you will be comfortable with our facilities (think ‘glamping’!). We feel this is a fantastic way to relax and escape to your own little world away from technology and hustle and bustle of city life and work.
We are DOG FRIENDLY and will allow your four legged friends to stay with you, however be aware there is livestock and wildlife around!
Set on the stunning Llanllwni mountain, with acres of open, unspoilt land and gorgeous views- the Brecon Beacons are easily seen,
on a clear day you can see the Preseli Mountains to the West and even the Snowdonia Mountains to the North, plus gorgeous rolling welsh hills inbetween! There is an abundance of incredible wildlife around – you will almost be certain to catch sight of the red kites, buzzards and larks and maybe lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a hen harrier, peregrine or a beautiful flock of golden plovers. Neighbouring the Brechfa forest - an 18,000 acre wedge of ancient and managed forest with endless footpaths to explore.
The local shop is approx. 2 miles away where you will find any ‘basics’ needed during your stay- alternatively the lovely university town, Lampeter is a 20 minute drive away, or, for more shops and things to do, Carmarthen town is a 30 minute drive away. With a fantastic coast line, West Wales also has several stunning and individual beaches to offer, most within an hours drive of us! In fact, there an endless things to do and see in West Wales, and we are happy to help point you in the right direction to make the most of this beautiful area.
**£40 PER (weekdays)**
**£180 WEEK STAY (Mon – Fri)**
**£100 WEEKEND STAY (Fri – Sun)**
In addition to this, further discounts and combined pony trekking prices may be available! Please do not hesitate to call or email us for more information or to arrange a booking!
— “Thank you for a fantastic day out, also, for the patience and kindness of the guides (as I haven’t ridden for 25 years), the scenery was stunning and.. oh.. the ponies.. so beautifully treated and obviously loved.. this is important to me. I will happily spread the word.” —
Harri Shaw – Aberystwyth
— “Had the ride of my life yesterday!! Thank you so much Dilwyn! It was hot but all the horses were fit and very keen!! Their summer coats shining! The mountain was sparkling in the sun. What better way to gallop and blow away the cobwebs and tears at the same time!! The time of my life thank you again.” —
Jane Puddephatt – Llandysul
These are just some answers to any questions you may have.
If anything is not answered please feel free to message or phone us!
We hope we have answered your questions, but if not feel free to contact us no matter how bizzare the query! We are always looking to improve our service to you, so your questions help us to help you.
— “Amazing experience with a very welcoming and professional staff. I had the delightful pleasure of taking Daisy for a trek around the breathtaking and scenic mountains and farm land. Will be booking myself in going back very soon. :D” —
Man Yee Lee – Birmingham