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Welsh ponies

Hello,

I have just begun research on them and wish to know anyone's success in viewing them in the Snowdonia region. Are there accommodations which allow visiting a stable or riding center? Is there a train route which would chance encounter seeing them in their natural habitat?

Thank you

TK

Posted by
1834 posts

Wild ponies do exist in Snowdonia but most of the Snowdonia Range are too steep & rocky to be a favoured habitat. The best place to see wild ponies in in the Brecon Beacons National Park (including the Black Mountains near the English border with south Wales).

Abergavenny would be your nearest railway station so, if coming from London (Paddington) or Reading via the Heathrow rail air bus link, you would change trains at Newport. www.nationalrail.co.uk
If coming from Shrewsbury, Hereford might be a more appropriate railhead for the northern Black Mountains area.

Getting from Abergavenny to some of the places listed below could be difficult without a car. I would only select for a pony trekking holiday those who could arrange transport from the nearest rail station. Also check out the local buses on http://www.traveline.cymru
http://www.breconbeacons.org/horse-riding-centres

Posted by
5817 posts

I don't think i have ever seen a mountain pony in snowdonia, lots and lots of sheep though!:-)

I would imagine a lot of the terrain up there would be difficult for anything but the most nimble pony.

My favorite fact about the sheep is that each generation teaches the next all the safe routes around the fields and mountains. The flocks have a real inherited knowledge which means you can't just ship a load of new sheep in and expect them to stay safe. My other favorite fact us that many of the slate dry stone walls you see high up in the hills of snowdonia were originally built by prisoners from the napoleonic war. A great area with lots of history but not very many ponies!:-)

Posted by
11681 posts

We saw lots of Welsh ponies wandering freely in the Carding Mill Valley near Church Stretton----not in Wales but quite close to Abergavenny by direct train. They were beautiful and well groomed, so probably not truly wild, just turned out for a holiday.

Posted by
90 posts

Hi James, Emma and Lola!

Thank you. I'll keep my fingers crossed and my bifocals within easy reach just in case a herd is lurking in my horizon as I can't stretch another minute out of my single day's visit to that region. I appreciate your keeping me apprised!

TK