Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Wye

The River Wye is one of the classic places to go canoeing in the British Isles. This lovely river offers day trips or week long canoe or kayak adventures.

The traditional canoe touring sections of the Wye are between Glasbury near Hay-on-Wye, and Monmouth. This typically offers 6-7 days of canoeing, which can be broken into various shorter paddles.

There are numerous small riffles on the River Wye, and a few slightly larger rapids. The biggest rapids are the famous ones at Symonds Yat, which are typically Grade II and have been "improved" to offer more fun for kayakers and canoeists alike.

There are a large number of canoe and kayak hire outfitters on the Wye, most are based out of Monmouth, Ross, Hereford, Hay or Glasbury.


Paddle Point

A useful get out particularly if running the Lugg or a run from Hereford
very little parking here

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Often the first day of a longer trip, Glasbury to Whitney is a truly beautiful paddle, starting beneath the towering hills of the Black Mountains, and ending at The Boat Inn, with camping and B&B.
Grade I. There are a few riffles to navigate, especially in low water, but this just adds to the fun. Small weir above Hay is best close to the right in low water, as is the section under Hay bridge.
Just before Whitney, keep left down a faster channel, making sure you are not dragged into the left bank and the odd tree or two.

Paddle Point

A lovely section of the river, as it meanders down the valley between low hills and meadows, with plenty of easy riffles to keep you entertained.
Grade I

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

The countryside becomes more arable as you approach Hereford, and there are slightly less riffles than upstream, but this is nonetheless still a beautiful paddle.
Right at the start of the day, you must negotiate Monnington Falls. These are not as drastic as they sound, and are graded I-II. In normal (low-med) conditions, its a simple straight channel on river left, which bounces you down easily, just keep a straight line.

Paddle Point
Hereford, UK

This section of the Wye meanders in great loops through the fertile lowlands between the low hills of Herefordshire.
Grade I.
Hoarwithy has camping and a pub with a small shop.

if you have got the time to do it over days it is great. we based ourself at Lucksall camp site, Saturday morning took all the boat to Hereford rowing club and shuttle all cars back to lucksall then paddle/drift back to camp site. Sunday after packing tent we shuttle All cars to Hoarwithy camp field then paddle down and get off.
Paddle Point

The Wye leaves the lowlands between Hereford and Ross, and enters the steep wooded valleys on the northern edges of the Forest of Dean.
There are a few riffles, and then an easy small rapid near Lower Lydbrook.
Grade I.
The Youth Hostel at Welsh Bicknor also allows camping. Worth booking.

Paddle Point

This is the most spectacular section of the Wye, as its winds almost back on itself through steep wooded valleys and beneath the cliffs of Symonds Yat rock 500 ft above you.
As you pass between Symonds Yat West and East, you arrive at the famous Symonds Yat Rapids. These have caught out many a hired canoe but, in normal conditions, you will be fine if you get the line right on entry and keep straight down the middle.
Watch for the V and go down the middle, keeping an eye out for a naughty little rock just to the side of the middle line!


Paddle Point
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

Nice route indeed. No rapids along the way, but be careful of fishing hooks if using inflatable kayak. Do not miss Goodrich castle, and go inside, it is worth:)
Paddle Point
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

Stopped off at the Courtfield Arms for lunch. Our finishing point was Ye Old Ferry Inn.

Paddle Point
Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

http://www.canoehire.com/location.html

Paddle Point

An unexpected sting in the tail on this run, a grade 2+ perhaps.
At a sharpish bend, there is an island. The main flow keeps right, but there is a ledge drop at the bottom of the first ramp which can catch out the unwary as it isn't obvious from above.

Paddle Point
Builth Wells, Powys LD2, UK

An excellent trip. Long sections of slow water through the lovely valley of the Wye are interspersed with interesting rapids at around Grade 2, becoming more frequent as the Grade 3 Hell Hole approached (inspect). A sting in the tail near the end also approaches G2+/3.

Paddle Point
Builth Wells, Powys LD2, UK

Simple launch point adjacent to carpark, with good clean public toilets, ideal start for run to Boughrood or Glasbury

Paddle Point

Launch point is river right just above bridge. launch point has steps down to river and a small parking area

Paddle Point

Launch point is gravel bank river right approx 50M downstream of bridge, access is over stile on waymarked footpath off road.
Parking for Max 10 cars is other side of bridge at T junction.
A rope may well be useful for lowering or recovering boats from shingle

Paddle Point
Rhayader, Powys LD6, UK

Town Falls at Rhayader. Grade 3/+ at low levels going up to Grade 4 at higher levels.

Paddle Point

Official River Wye launch point. Limited parking in laybys on the road above.

Paddle Point

The famous Hell Hole. In low-medium water serves as a good G2+ to borderline G3. In high water conditions spate and flood the Hell Hole lives up to its name, forming an almost river wide grade 4 stopper.

River Wye Hell Hole at high level.



Hell Hole at low level.
We were there last weekend - start of March '13. Very low levels. The chute river right had an entire tree trunk running down the length of it. Only visible bit was a small branch with twigs - until we walked but up river and saw the trunk. Not nice.



The chute river right in low-medium conditions.

Most of us found a route down the ledges, with a few bumps and scrapes, over river left, but this can be nasty in higher conditions.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Official launch point from Glasbury. Free parking in the carpark. Access agreement permits canoeing between 10am and 4pm. Excellent cafe/restaurant just across the bridge. This section of river is very popular for showing beginners the ropes of canoeing and kayaking and is a really nice place to be on a hot summers day.

Paddle Point

Put in down steps below the campsite at the Hollybush Inn. A launch fee applies.

http://www.hollybushcamping.co.uk/

Paddle Point

http://www.hollybushcamping.co.uk/

A character full campsite in the trees between the pub and the river. Odd, but a nice place to stay. Can get busy. Campfires allowed.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Quirky pub with odd reputation! Has been on TV...for one of those hotel/restaurant makeover type programmes...
Worth a pint or two if camping, though I haven't risked the food...

Paddle Point
Hay-on-Wye, Powys HR3, UK

Put in down steps next to free parking reached down Wyeford Road.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Paddle Point

Purpose built steps/ramp have replaced the old steep "ladder" here. This put in is for customers of the pub/campsite/B&B only, though if contacted you may be able to pay a fee.

Terribly unwelcoming pub. Avoid this place.

Really don't even try to launch from here if you're not a 'patron'. We asked for permission to launch on 13 July 2014 and offered to pay a launch fee but was told bluntly 'No!!'. The landlady was incredibly abrupt and arrogant claiming that they don't have insurance for the public to launch.

Ironically they have clear signs at the launch welcoming river users to land for food and drink totally contradicting the rubbish about public insurance. We tried to explain that we are members of the BCU and have our own insurance but the landlady remained adamant, bluntly refusing permission.

There is a toll bridge 100m further up the road with parking and accessible steps down to the river for easy launch. It's only £1 per launch and very friendly staff. Avoid the pub and launch there instead.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Campsite and B&B next to the Boat Inn at Whitney.

Just spent 2 nights here in the campsite with Aberfan Canoe Club, We were made to feel welcome, the field was immaculate and the toilets/ showers were clean and bright.
The only slight downside is the main Hereford to Brecon road is just the other side of the fence and it can be a bit noisy with the early morning lorries
Paddle Point

The nicest campsite in England! Well, possibly. Lovely camping in an orchard with fires positively encouraged.

Launch here if camping.

Paddle Point

The nicest campsite in England! Well, possibly. Lovely camping in an orchard with fires positively encouraged. Launch here if camping.

Paddle Point

More of a slope than a fall. A fast channel drops down close to the left bank, G1 or easy 2 depending on conditions. Possibility of fallen trees in fast flowing section below - take care in high water.

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Hereford, UK

http://www.herefordrc.co.uk/page/camping_and_training/

Camping in field next to rowing club, where there are excellent facitities inc showers and bar.

Paddle Point
Hereford, UK

Launch Fee applies, as do parking charges. You can camp here too - facilities in the club are good, though it does feel like camping on a playing field in a town centre...because it is!
Friendly and helpful, but the charges rack up quickly!

Paddle Point

Basic but handy camping in a pleasant spot right by the river. Pub nearby.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Basic but handy camping in a pleasant spot right by the river. Pub nearby.

http://www.tresseckcampsite.co.uk/

Paddle Point

A great pub where many a paddler has been made welcome. Right next to the campsite at Hoarwithy, a couple of hundred yards from the river.

Website for New Harp Inn

Paddle Point

Hole in the Wall riffles. This section of the river is notorious for an over zealous gentleman who likes to illegally pretend that he is an Environment Agency Officer. Be prepared to be shouted at and otherwise abused by this rather sad example of humanity.

Paddle Point
Ross-on-Wye, County of Herefordshire HR9, UK

Launch spot for Ross on Wye.

Paddle Point

Beach area under the eastmost arch of the bridge. Layby on the left side of the road (when traveling from Ross) and steep steps down to the river side

Paddle Point
Kerne Bridge, Ross-on-Wye, County of Herefordshire HR9, UK

Car park can be busy. This is a popular launching point for a nice paddle down to Symonds Yat

Paddle Point

Hostel and camping with purpose built launch platform

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A nice spot to visit after paddling and to look down on the river.
Peregrines nest in the cliffs here, & the RSPB have telescopes and an info point set up here in the summer.

Paddle Point
Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

http://www.symondsyatleisure.co.uk/caravans_and_camping.html

Popular and convenient campsite with launching point to the river. Bar onsite, pubs a few minutes walk away.

Paddle Point
Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

Paddle Point
Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye, County of Herefordshire, UK

On the campsite, so fees will apply. Free if camping.

Hard launch and also a kayak shute

Paddle Point
Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye, County of Herefordshire, UK

Parking and camping available. There is a charge for both.

Paddle Point
Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

Main meeting place of the Wyedean Canoe Club.

Paddle Point
Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

http://saracensheadinn.co.uk/

Paddle Point
Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9, UK

A grade 2 rapid that is owned by the British Canoe Union, and has been "improved" with the addition of rock walls to create eddies.
Straightforward if you get the right line (watch for the rock just to the side of the V as you go over the lip). Many hire boats swim here :)

The Symonds Yat Rapids.

Paddle Point
Monmouth NP25, UK

Easy steps with free gravel car park. Accessed from Old Dixton Road, then under bypass to Rowing Club. Park round to right.
A very useful taxi service, Kenny's Taxis, will take you & your canoes or kayaks to any point on the Wye to save shuttling, for a reasonable price. Kennys Taxis

arriving at dusk.