Kerne Bridge to Monmouth – Full Day Trip

By far THE best Canoe Hire Trip on the River Wye!!!Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat Canoe Trip

The day is done in two stages. The morning is from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat East, Stop and have a pub lunch at the Royal Lodge then shoot the Symonds Yat Rapids and on to Monmouth.

Paddling through some truly stunning scenery, we put you on the water just below Kerne Bridge & Goodrich Castle, after your safety brief and getting you into your canoes we set you off down the river Wye.

Canoeing through Bishopswood and Lydbrook and towards the English Bicknor Youth Hostel, stop for a brief look at an amazing little church right on the right hand river bank.
You then pass underneath the disused railway bridge at lower Lydbrook, following the river as it meanders in a big horseshoe underneath the famous Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint, where the peregrine falcons nest. Depending on the time of year you will see them hunting and teaching their young to fly.
From here you paddle underneath Huntsham Bridge and past Symonds Yat West. It takes roughly 45 minutes to an hour to paddle from Huntsham bridge back to Symonds Yat East.

Stopping at the Canoe Centre, a short minute walk and you are at a beautiful riverside hotel, enjoy a lunch in their mature gardens and then walk 100m to view the rapids. This gives you a great advantage of seeing how the water flows through and where it will take you. Once back at the canoe centre we give you helmets (required for the rapids, you can remove them afterwards) and a different safety briefing for the rapids. You then set off down stream past the hand pull ferry of the Saracens Head Inn and into the grade two moving water. A Member of our staff will watch your group through and are there to help you safely through.

After the rapids you remove your helmets and secure them to your canoes. Paddling the graceful and tranquil water past Biblins you cross under the Wire suspension bridge that links Symonds Yat East to Symonds Yat West, then on past hadnock Island. At this point you leave England entering wales and from Herefordshire into Monmouthshire.

You will canoe past the large Gothic Mansion of the Nimbus Recording Studios which you can see from the river. Then you start to approach Monmouth and the notorious Monmouth Mile. You can see the bridge in the distance and soon approach the Rowing Club on the Right Hand Side of The River. We will transport you and your canoes back to Symonds Yat East.

The full day trip starts at either 9 am, 10 am, 11 am and 12 noon.

Pre-booking is advisable as we do get very busy. You can do this by calling us on 01600 891376

  • 2 Man Canoe Cost
  • £41.00
  • 3 Man Canoe Cost
  • £46.00
  • 4 Man Canoe Cost
  • £51.00
  • 1 Person Kayak or Sit on Top
  • £31.00
  • 1 Person Kayak or Sit on Top
  • £36.00
  • Transport Charge – 1x Per Booking.
  • 14.00

What might you see on your Journey?

Lots of wildlife

  • Pereguine falcons (nesting in the natural limestone cliffs above the river)
  • Wild Boar, with ever rising numbers, listen for the snuffles and spot these creatures
  • Deer, See these majestic beasts roam along the river banks and in through the adjoining woodlands.
  • Otters, Thankfully with increasing numbers you have a good chance of spotting otters on the river wye.
  • Mink, these ferocious animals will give you a wild berth, commonly mistaken for otters.
  • Swans, Ducks, Geese and Herons are common along the river.
  • Kingfishers take a great deal of patience to spot although you may just see a flash of blue as they hunt.
  • Barbel, Pike and even the odd Jumping salmon.

Historic Points of interest and Buildings

  • Goodrich Castle – a preserved Norman Medieval castle high above the River wye
  • Kerne Bridge – The old railway bridge that is now used as a road bridge
  • Flanesford Priory – Now a Working farm below Goodrich Castle
  • Saint Margarets Church – A Stunning Riverside church in a sleepy location at English Bicknor.
  • Symonds Yat Rock – A Fantastic View point overlooking the river and surrounding woodlands
  • Huntsham Bridge – Put in place of a hand pull ferry to get a horse and cart to market. Now a Road Bridge
  • St Dubricious Church – this Riverside church is a popular wedding venue with a stunning view
  • Symonds Yat West – Passing historic hotels like the olde ferry inn and The old Court
  • Hand Pull ferries – The last two remaining hand pull ferries on the river wye. The main one is at the Saracens Head Inn at Symonds Yat East
Canoe for Hire on the River Wye

Canoes are for 2 people, 3 people or 2 adults and 2 small children.

These are the American Indian style canoes (open top, no enclosure)

These are powered by a Single blade paddle.
Our Canoes are chosen for their stability and ease of use for beginners. Canoes can be Lashed together to create a more stable platform if required.

Kayaks for Hire on the River Wye

Kayaks are only available to hire for those with previous experience that can competently paddle and have been trained how to perform a capsize.

Our Kayaks are Dagger Approach’s in two Different Sizes.

If we are in any doubt that their experience does not meet our required level we will not hire out kayaks.

Sit On Top Kayak Hire on the River Wye

Sit on Top Kayaks are great fun surf style Boats.

These are available as Single person or Two Person, Each Person is required to wear a helmet and buoyancy aid whilst using our kayaks.

You will get wet from the waist down on a Sit on Top Kayak. No Experience is necessary.

To get to our centre please use HR9 6JL for Sat Nav’s but Follow the Brown Signs for SYMONDS YAT EAST as you get close.

If you get lost please call us on 01600 890 129 and we will do our best to help you.

♦ Please bring a change of clothes with you (hopefully you will not capsize but just incase)
♦ There must be someone of 18 in charge of each canoe.
♦ Please bring some photo ID to leave with us whilst you are out.