With 116 miles of public bridleways within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park alone, there are plenty of opportunities in the County for equestrian activities.
The National Park’s share of bridleways is a massive 22% and there are many riding stables around the coast and inland.
The maintenance and improvement of the bridleway portfolio is a matter of high priority to the National Park Authority.
A long established centre is The Bowlings Riding School and RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) Centre, at Meadow Farm, Rudbaxton, Haverfordwest. Three miles north of the County Town, off the A40 trunk road to Fishguard, the stables are easy to find by turning off at the Rudbaxton signpost. Chosen by Pembrokeshire College as their centre for Equine Studies, the Bowlings is open all year round and has a stable of 30 horses. It collaborates with Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society in providing disabled riding facilities at the Society’s Showground half a mile away. It caters for all standards and abilities at its large indoor school. It offers ‘Own-a-pony-for-a-day,’ junior courses, picnics, competitions and beautiful wooded farmland which means no road work. There is a BHS-approved Examination Centre to Stage 111 PTT and also training to Stage 111. Contacts: 01437- 741407/741559.
A popular riding stables in the North of the County is Crosswell Horse Agency at Iet Wen, Velindre, Crymych, a quarter of a mile below the Pentre Ifan burial chamber. The stables accommodate 30 horses and ponies and welcomes experienced and complete beginner riders, offering half-hour, one-, two- and four-hour treks over the magnificent Preseli Hills, with stunning panoramic views. It runs a popular Evening Pub Ride and there are also ‘Own-a pony’ days on Thursdays and Fridays, July to August. Lessons by BHSAI are provided in an enclosed sand school and the centre is WTRA approved. Skull caps and footwear can be provided. Contacts: 01239- 891262 or www.crosswellridingtrekking.com.
Another popular North Pembrokeshire school is Llanwnda Stables at Penrhiw Fach, Llanwnda, Goodwick, a mile-and-a-half from the Irish Ferry port at Fishguard Harbour. With 14 horses and ponies, it is open all year and organises one-and-a-half to two-hour trekking to suit all levels through some of the most spectacular scenery in the National Park. Contacts: 01348-873595. Marros Riding Centre, between Amroth and Pendine has 41 licensed horses and ponies to suit all ages and offers all-weather indoor and outdoor facillties, with tuition, treks and beach rides. Contacts: 01994-453777, www.marros-farm.co.uk. or firstname.lastname@example.org. Another stable offering beach rides and coastal walks is Nolton Stables, near Haverfordwest, Contacts: 01437-710360, or www.noltonstables.com, or email@example.com. In a partnership project, the National Park Authority has recently created two new riding enterprises - a five mile bridleway along the inland perimeter of the MOD range at Castlemartin and an eight-mile trek at Pantmaenog, Rosebush, in the Preseli Hills.