The Rainbow Trails started as an idea from a group of local riders and carriage drivers working with the Forestry Commission Wales; this group of enthusiasts became the DVHRCDA (Dyfnant and Vyrnwy Horse Riders and Carriage Drivers Association) and in 2002 the development work really began.
Local riders and carriage drivers had always used the forestry tracks, but it was easy to get lost and there were almost no visitors from further away. Working with FCW funding was sought from the Welsh Assembly Government and Europe to develop the tracks, corrals, building and other facilities.
Since then nearly 100 miles of tracks and trails have been made available and all are way-marked and colour-coded so that visitors to the forest can ride and carriage drive how they want in a beautiful and safe environment. As part of this development the DVHRCDA and the Dyfnant Forest riding facilities have been renamed the Rainbow Trails.
In the last few years an additional link has been made which means you can now ride and carriage drive between the Dyfnant Forest and the Vyrnwy Forest adding even more variety – our annual Picnic Ride takes people from Hendre Car Park over into the Vyrnwy Forest raising the profile of this link (picnic lunch provided, see the What’s On page for more information!).
The Dyfnant is a working forest and occasionally felling means that some tracks are temporarily closed, however, we are lucky to have an excellent working relationship with Natural Resources Wales who are always very helpful and try and provide alternative routes and information about when and where work will take place. We have always been very grateful to the excellent help from them and the consideration of the forestry workers who are very aware of the needs of horses, riders and drivers.
If you would like to know more about the organisation or would like to get involved, please get in touch. You can find contact details on the Contact Us page.