Hoarwithy to Redbrook – 3 Day Canoe Trip

3 Day Canoe Hire down the  picturesque Wye Valley.

This three day trip is a perfect for some friends who want to see the area but take it easy at the same time.

Day One – 10 MilesKerne Bridge to Symonds Yat Canoe Trip

Starting with us at our riverside centre in Symonds Yat East, we give you the equipment you need and load all your equipment into the canoes and transport you up to Hoarwithy. Hoarwithy is a sleepy little village in Herefordshire, just 10 Miles upstream of Ross On Wye. After a safety briefing we get you into the water just across a field from the Harp pub and the Tuscan Style St Catherine’s Church.

Your canoeing trip starts paddling the 10 miles through the herefordian countryside towards your overnight stop in Ross on Wye,  under the suspension bridge at sellack and into How Caple, through the salmon pools of the Ingestone estate.

You will approach a crossing-less bridge at Backney. This partly demolished railway bridge looks fantastic against the skyline. (be sure to take a photo)
Fast approaching Ross on Wye you will see the motorway bridge ahead of you and cruise underneath. Depending on where you are staying you have a choice of stops. The Ross Rowing Club allows camping on the riverside but they require prior notice and booking. The get out here are some long shallow steps on the river left. The Hope & Anchor has Guest accommodation and a great beer garden to unwind in, 300m around the bend The White Lion Pub camping ground rolls gently into the river. A Popular camp spot and great food.

The camping and accommodation here is very busy and needs to be booked before your canoe trip. There is no Wild camping allowed along the River Wye sadly.

Day Two – 15 Miles

Ross On Wye Canoe Hire

After a Good Breakfast make sure you have everything and get back into your Canoes and start your second day on the Majestic River Wye.

Gently paddling through the riverside farm land and on towards Kerne Bridge. As you approach the Multi Arch bridge, you spread out a little from other canoes on the water, leaving roughly 3-4 boat lengths between you as you pass through the bridge. Just the otherside of the bridge there a short grade 2 rapid, you shoot through this section and on past the Kerne Bridge Canoe Launch Point.

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.

This section of the trip takes approximately 5-6 Hours of gentle paddling, enjoy a picnic lunch on your way down. The Full day trip allows you have the canoes until 16:30.

Day 3 – 9 MilesRedbrook

Camp at Symonds Yat East Campsite or stay at the 4* Guest Accommodation Royal Lodge. After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we get you ready for your second days adventure.

Starting at our Riverside Centre in Symonds Yat East we will equip you for your trip and after a safety briefing we will get you into your chosen boats and set you on your way towards Monmouth.

One of our Members of staff will watch you and your group through the Grade Two Rapids, just so we are there to give you a few tips, and there to help sort you out if you capsize. (this is rarely necessary! just listen to our safety brief and you should be fine.)

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. You then 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. This is a great place to take a break before you power your canoes under the multi arch bridge and on towards Redbrook. Between Monmouth and Redbrook there is a section that has some very large boulders in the River Bed. Take care as you steer your Canadian Canoe around them and on towards the finish point.

You will know when you get to the finish as you pass underneath an old Railway Bridge where on your right there is a pub called “The Boat Inn at Penallt“. Your Egress point is on your left about 30 Meters after the bridge, Here there are some steps cut into the bank. We will then collect you and your Canoes and return you to Symonds Yat East.

This trip is only available by Pre-booking . You can do this Online below or call us 01600 890238

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.
  • Farm Animals including Cattle and Sheep.
  • Pheasants are in large numbers across the river banks and many different species.

Historic Points of interest and Buildings

  • St Catherine’s – A Stunning Tuscan style church in Hoarwithy
  • Backney Bridge – The Semi- Demolished Railway Bridge
  • Ross on Wye Town – High above the river you can see the church spire from miles away.
  • Goodrich Castle – a preserved Norman Medieval castle high above the River Wye
  • Kerne Bridge – A Striking multi-arch stone 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.