Canoe Hire

Wyedean since 1986  have operated a very safe & professional Canoe Hire company with a 100% safety record. We are the most highly qualified and experienced canoe centre on the river.

Our 26 Years of operating experience enables you to enjoy your canoeing experience with us.

Arrive and park at our private riverside centre in Symonds Yat East. From here we can transport you up the river so you “paddle with the flow of the river” and end up back at our centre. This makes it convenient for you to have a great easy fun day.

Beginners Welcome! We use our experience and knowledge to ensure all of our customers know everything they need to get the best out of their experience. With a strong focus on safety! You can relax and enjoy.

Every customer is given a full safety briefing which includes how to paddle, steer and control the canoe, Everything you need to know to enjoy your time!

Canoe Centre Hire

You can hire canoes from our private riverside centre in Symonds Yat East, paddling from the centre and back. You can go out for an hour or multiple hours on hire, and explore the local river banks and scenery.

    • Ideal for families with smaller children, people who want a taster of what it’s like to canoe for the first time, and those who just want a quiet paddle about.

Half & Whole Day River Trips

These are the most popular options we offer to canoe on the River Wye.


We transport you to your destination from our canoe centre in our comfortable minibuses, you then paddle back to your vehicle  at our canoe centre – It couldn’t be easier.
  • Half day paddles start at Kerne Bridge which is 9 easy miles through picturesque scenery. This trip takes roughly 3 hours at a gentle pace.

These Half Day Trips typically start at 10am & 1pm

  • Full day paddles, Kerne Bridge. This is a 9 Mile trip but with more time to allow yourself to stop off and enjoy the scenery more. Take a very easy day from Kerne Bridge, pack a picnic to enjoy on the river bank under Symonds Yat Rock. Full Day Trips for Kerne Bridge typically start at 9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm.
  • Full day paddle from Ross-on-Wye. This is a 15 Mile trip and takes between 5 & 6 hours to enjoy.
    This trip takes you along some fantastic scenery through picturesque farmland as you meander into the woodland of the Forest of Dean and the famous Symonds Yat Gorge. Full day trips to Ross-on-Wye typically start at 9am, 10am and 11am.

Multi Day River Trips

From 2-7 Days we can advise you on the best trips for you and your friends to enjoy. Giving you full details on where to stay overnight, places to eat and other highlights to look out for.

“There is nothing better than to paddling to your camp site, and wake up next to the river in the morning!”

*Please note that there is no wild camping allowed on the River Wye, it is your responsibility to book a designated campsite or B&B, we can help you with all details required.

2 Day Trips

We offer two excellent 2 day trips, each one has it’s own unique attractions.

  • Hoarwithy To Symonds Yat East via Ross on Wye.
    Arrive at our centre with everything you need for your journey, we then transport you to Hoarwithy where after our instructional briefing, you start your trip with a nice gentle 10 mile paddle to your campsite on the river bank at Ross on Wye.
    Your second day you start the longer leg of the 15 mile journey to Symonds Yat East.
    Passing through the beautiful countryside, gorges of Symonds Yat and hopefully spotting lots of wildlife on the way.
  • Ross on Wye to Redbrook via Symonds Yat East – This is best trip we offer bar none. This takes you on the best stretches of the River Wye and allows you take in some breathtaking scenery whilst also enjoying some great sections to paddle along.
    Your second day starts after a peaceful rest at our Riverside Campsite or B&B in Symonds Yat East, after collecting helmets and receiving our safety briefing about the next part of your journey you then head off through the famous “New Weir Rapids” and on down to Redbrook where we collect you and bring you back to our centre.

             We can supervise all customers through the rapids.

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3 Day Trips

Our 3 Day Trips are aimed to those with a little experience of paddling, but wish to explore the area more.

  • Holme Lacey to Symonds Yat East – Starting with us at our riverside centre we transport you and your equipment to Holme Lacy (the journey takes roughly 30 minutes) after our safety instructional brief, we set you on your way to Hoarwithy. Your second day is from Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye which is a gentle 10 miles along a tranquil section of the river, where you will stop for the evening. Your final day is to Symonds Yat East. It is worth taking a packed lunch on this day for the perfect lunch stop under Symonds Yat Rock. You then arrive back with us and your vehicles at our centre.
  • Hoarwithy to Redbrook Via Symonds Yat East – Starting with us at our riverside centre we transport you and your equipment to Hoarwithy.
    After our safety brief, we set you on a gentle 10 mile paddle to your first nights stop at Ross-on-Wye. Your second day is from Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat East, passing under the Famous Symonds Yat Rock. You then arrive at our riverside campsite in Symonds Yat East, the Royal Lodge is the place to eat and drink in the village. Your third day you set off on your way to Redbrook after receiving helmets and a specific safety brief about Symonds Yat Rapids. We collect you at the end of your day and transport you back to your vehicle at our centre.

4 and 5 Day Trips

Our 4 and 5 Day Trips are aimed at those with some paddling experience and wish to explore more of the surrounding area and cover a little more distance.

  • Hereford to Symonds Yat
    Starting with us at our riverside centre we transport you and your equipment to Hereford. (The Journey takes about 40 minutes)
    After our safety brief, we set you off on a gentle paddle to your first nights stop at  Holme Lacey, then onto your second nights camping at Hoarwithy, 8 miles.
    Your Third day paddling is 10 Miles to the Historic Market Town of Ross-on-Wye.
    Fourth day is from Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat East, passing under the Famous Symonds Yat Rock. You stop at our riverside centre in Symonds Yat East.
  • Holme Lacey to Redbrook or Brockweir Via Symonds Yat East
    Starting with us at our riverside centre we transport you and your equipment to Holme Lacey (the journey takes roughly 30 minutes) and after our safety instructional brief we set you on your way to Hoarwithy. Your second day is from Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye which is a gentle 10 miles along a tranquil section of water, where you stop for the evening. Your Third Day is to Symonds Yat East. It is worth taking a packed lunch on this day for the perfect lunch stop underneath the View point of Symonds Yat Rock. You will then arrive at our Riverside Campsite for the night. ( a good place to eat in the village is The Royal Lodge)
    Your Final Day is down to Redbrook. After Receiving Helmets and a instructional brief you head off through The famous “New Weir Rapids” and on through Monmouth  towards Redbrook 10 miles or if your feeling energetic Brockweir 15 miles.
  • Hereford to Redbrook or Brockweir Via Symonds Yat East
    Starting with us at our riverside centre we transport you and your equipment to Hereford. (the journey takes about 40 minutes)
    After our safety brief we set you on a gentle paddle to your first nights stop at Holme Lacey. After your first night you paddle 8 Miles to Hoarwithy, Third day is paddling 10 Miles to the Historic Market Town of Ross-on-Wye, Fourth day is from Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat East, Passing under the Famous Symonds Yat Rock. You will then arrive at our riverside campsite for the night. ( a good place to eat in the village is The Royal Lodge)
    Your Final Day is down to Redbrook. After receiving helmets and a instructional brief you head off through the famous “New Weir Rapids” and on through Monmouth towards Redbrook or if your feeling energetic Brockweir

Prices

Open Canadian Canoes

2 Seat £34.00 Per Day
£24.00 Half Day
£14.00 Per Hour
3 Seat £39.00 Per Day
£29.00 Half Day
£16.00 Per Hour
4 Seat  £44.00 Per Day
£34.00 Half Day
£18.00 Per Hour

Kayak Hire

Single Kayak £29.00 Per Day Double Kayak £34.00 Per Day
£23.00 Half Day £24.00 Half Day
£12.00 Per Hour £14.00 Per Hour

PRICE MATCH:

We are Very Competitively Priced, But we will match any other quote that another company has given.
Remember Hiring from us you are getting our 26 years of professional experience and Qualifications. Something That no Company Can offer! Enjoy Canoe Hire the safe way.

WYEDEAN TRANSPORT CHARGES 2014

DESTINATION RIVER MILEAGE TIME TRIP CHARGE  BOAT CHARGE
Monmouth 6 Miles 1/2 Day £12.00 £3.00
Kerne Bridge 9 Miles 1/2 or Full Day £10.00 £3.00
Redbrook 10 Miles 1/2 or Full Day £12.00 £3.00
Ross on Wye 15 Miles 1 Day £12.00 £3.00
Brockweir 15 Miles 1 Day £25.00 £3.00
Hoarwithy 25 Miles 2 Days £18.00 £4.00
Holme Lacy 33 Miles 3 Days £25.00 £3.00 Plus £2 Per Boat Launch Fee
Hereford 43 Miles 3/4 Days £30.00 £3.00 Plus £3 Per Boat Launch Fee

What to Wear

  • Wear comfortable clothes that you are happy to get wet in, incase you accidentally capsize. Avoid jeans where possible.
  • Comfortable footwear that are secured to your feet. No wellington boots or flip flops
  • Take a warm jacket or jumper with you, a windproof jacket, (we supply you with a water resistant barrel to put it in).

What to take with you on the River Wye

  • Water – We have some available to buy at our centre before you leave.
  • Suncream – Water Reflects 100% of UV light , you can burn easily on a warm day.
  • Food – Just a snack for a short journey up to a full picnic for the longer trips
    We can arrange this for you. Please click here for our Packed Lunch Menu
  • A warm jumper or jacket incase you get wet and cold.
  • Make sure you bring a full change of clothes to leave in your vehicle at our centre.
  • The safety equipment we issue you with.
  • A mobile phone is not essential but is a good idea to take with you. (this is at your own risk and discretion).

What to see on the River Wye

  • Fish – Barbel, Trout, Leaping Salmon, Pike among many others
  • Birds – From Ducks, Swans and Kingfishers to Peregrines, Buzzards, Goshawks etc
    There are many Breeding Pairs of Kingfisher along the River Wye and you have a great chance of watching them do a spot of fishing.
  • Otters – Rarely sighted but if your quiet you may just be lucky
  • Mink – Look like small otters but have a nasty temperament
  • Deer – The Fallow Deer that call the forest their home regularly come down to the river to drink
  • Bats -long-eared, pipistrelle and nocturne species all call our area home.
  • Insects – Bright Coloured Dragon Flys, Grass Hoppers, Crickets

River Safety

Its not all about how much it costs, safety comes first, if its cheaper its for a reason.

It does not need to cost you more money to be safe, just use the right company! Believe it or not at least 70% of the hire companies operating on the river are not appropriately qualified, and are using non qualified river guides. A first aid qualification is not sufficient to operate safely on the river.

Every company has a duty of care to operate with in HSE guidelines, most companies are not working to these guide lines.

Who’s in Charge!

The overall person in charge of the hire company should be of National Governing Body BCU/WCA membership and be qualified to a minimum of a Level 3 coach/instructor with a endorsed river rescue qualification and /or a 5 Star with a current First aid award.

At our centre all the staff are qualified and overseen by Paul who holds the highest level award/qualification achievable , level 5 Coach, who has trained and assessed many 100s of instructors over his professional career in the sport of canoeing and kayaking.

The reason for the staff qualifications is to be at a minimum standard of knowledge and most importantly experience. To be able to make a sensible judgement on river conditions, correct standards of leadership and able to effect a rescue in the surrounding area quickly and effectively if required, along with safe guarding the sensitive river environment.

For your information - before you look at costs, please make sure the company you are using has the appropriate qualifications and experience to guarantee you a safe trip, there are a lot of hire companies operating on the river that do not have any qualifications or appropriate experience to make safe judgements on the river or effect a quick rescue if needed.

Please ask the questions and look at the qualifications they have and make your own mind up on who you use for safety .

The River Wye Canoe Hire Association,operating and safety protocol.
Please click the link below to read the Protocol.

Canoe Hire Protocol V.12

Terms And Conditions

Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre Ltd

Opening Hours

Booking Office opening hours are 9:00am to 9:00pm, Monday to Friday. – You can leave a message and we will get back to you asap!

Shop Office is open 9:00am to 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday

Booking & Hiring of Equipment

All bookings must be made through our office.  You can speed up the process by filling in the Booking Request form on line and contacting us once you have submitted it.  We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion.

Clients booking by telephone will be deemed to have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions.  

We require a 50% deposit payment when you make your booking to secure the booking.  This payment is non-refundable and, in the event of you cancelling your booking, will be used as a cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. Any alterations to the booking made 7 days or less, before commencement of booking are at the sole discretion of the company.

 All bookings are treated as provisional until the deposit payment has cleared in Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre Ltd bank account.

Designated Adult

There must be a Designated Adult over the age of 18 years in each group.  The designated adult is responsible for ensuring that each member of the group is aware of and agrees to these Terms and Conditions.

The Designated Adult, upon receiving the hired equipment, also accepts full responsibility for any loss or damage to our equipment or to any third party’s equipment up to the value of replacement.

Hiring of Equipment

Proof of identification (e.g. passport or driving licence) is required from anyone wishing to hire our equipment.  This identification will be retained until our equipment has been returned.

Unless prior agreement/permission has been given our equipment is not permitted below the canoe centre steps on the rapids.

We reserve the right to charge for the late return of equipment at a rate of £15.00 per unit per hour OR part of.

Liability

We recognize that canoeing and/or kayaking are inherently dangerous activities with a danger of personal injury or death attached.  Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.  By accepting these Terms and Conditions you are confirming that you are aware of this and accept the risks associated with this activity.

Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any personal injury or death. However, nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall affect the statutory rights of any client or exclude or restrict any liability for death or personal injury arising from the negligence or fraud of Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre Ltd.

By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions you accept that Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre Ltd does not have any responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage to your personal belongings.

You should be aware that any water resistant containers supplied by us are not guaranteed to be water proof.  Therefore you should not rely on the water resistant containers that we supply to keep your property dry, and you accept that you are taking your personal property on to the river at your own risk.

Availability

All the activities offered are subject to availability. We cannot guarantee that a particular date will be available for an activity and we reserve the right to offer alternative dates for the activity offered if necessary. Booking early is advisable.

Cold Weather & High River Conditions

In most cases neither you nor we are entitled to cancel because of adverse weather conditions.

In the events of cold temperatures or high (higher than summer level ) river level conditions we would insist on a suitably qualified river guide/Instructor to escort you down the river in a non evasive but supporting role for your group. We do make a charge for this which is a minimum of £45  for half a day for up to 6 people and £5 thereafter and a minimum of £72 for a full day  for up to 6 people and £7.50 per person thereafter. This is done on a cost price basis to enable your trip to go ahead.

For some events if the safety risks are, in our opinion, unacceptable we reserve the right to cancel the event.  If we do cancel in such circumstances we will make every effort to reschedule the event for another date, or alternatively provide a full refund.

Health

The activities that we offer require certain levels of health and physical fitness before you can take part. Please consult a Doctor if you are in any doubt about the suitability of an activity for you or your group.

Pregnancy

We Do NOT allow pregnant persons to take part in any activities.

Safety Equipment

It is essential that all persons wear the safety equipment that we provide at all times.  If you do not  wear the appropriate safety equipment you will be asked to leave the activity site immediately.  Under these circumstances you will not be entitled to a refund.

Alcohol & Substance abuse

Alcohol and other illegal substances should not be consumed before entering the river.  Anyone under the influence of, will not be permitted to hire our equipment or participate in the activities we offer, and will be asked to leave the activity site immediately.  Under these circumstances you will not be entitled to a refund.

Special Needs

We want you to get the most from your activities with us and therefore we need to know any special requirements at the time of booking, for example if you or a member of your group suffers from a disability so that we can seek to accommodate them.

Complaints

If there is a problem during any of the activities you must report it to, in the first instance, the senior staff member on duty, or alternatively to a manager in our office.  We will endeavor to resolve any problem as quickly as possible.

Right to Terminate

We reserve the right to terminate a booking in the event of unreasonable conduct, which is likely to cause distress, damage or danger to other clients, employees or any third party.  This includes a failure to disclose any serious medical condition or disability.  Should any of the above occur, our cancellation policy applies.

Law and Jurisdiction

We believe our Terms and Conditions to be fair.  The law of England and Wales governs them, and the Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any matters arising out of them.

We reserve the right to make amendments to these Terms and Conditions without notice.  The full and latest version of our Terms and Conditions are on our website and are available to view in our shop.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Dogs Welcome?
    Of Course! Well Behaved Dogs are more than welcome providing there is space in the canoe. Large dogs are not advised. All we ask is that you remove the lead whist you are on the water.
  • Is there a Weight Limit on canoes
    There is a Maximum of 3 Adults in any one canoe. If we deem that the canoe would be too unstable we would ‘Spar’ 2 Canoes together to create a more stable craft. Total weight limit is around 500lbs,assuming camping kit etc.If you are more than average size please advise,we can then make the necessary adjustments etc
  • What is the Minimum Age?
    Depending on the temperatures and weather conditions we allow children over the age of 4 out on the water. Providing they correctly fit one of our Child’s Buoyancy Aids.
  • Are you open All Year round?
    We are open all year round. We will insist on one of our expert Qualified staff that can safely guide you in colder temperatures,down the river safely.Unless you can convince us that you are sufficiently qualified or experienced for the colder conditions. This is weather dependent and at our Discretion.The winter time can provide some of the best scenery and quieter river conditions than any other time of year.We can guarantee you keeping warm and dry during these times or your money back!!
  • Can we stop off for lunch?
    Of Course. Best to take a packed lunch with you. We will tell you a perfect place with fantastic views to enjoy your picnic.
  • We’ve never done it before. Can we go?
    90% of our Customers have never been before. Canoes require no previous experience. Kayaks however will only be hired to those who have had previous experience and we deem competent.
  • Is there somewhere to park?
    We have a large Car Park on our Riverside Premises.
  • Can you Provide Instruction?
    Yes we are AALA Licensed and can Provide you with a Fully Qualified instructor to guide you or teach you some new skills.
  • Do we need to book?
    Ideally yes. We do get very busy. But you can always turn up to our riverside centre and we will do our best to get you out onto the River.
  • Someone in our group is a bit nervous. Will we get wet?
    We will explain how to sit correctly in the canoes so we can minimize the chances. We can also strap ‘spar’ two Canoes together, This makes it virtually impossible to capsize but still very controllable. – The “Sparred” Canoes are a great idea for family’s with small children.

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