2 Day Canoe Hire from Hoarwithy to Symonds Yat East

Key Facts:
Day 1 duration: 4 to 5 hours
Day 2 duration: 5 to 6 hours
Total length: 27 miles

Canoe 27 miles of stunning Wye Valley countryside over 2 days.

A great trip for those who want to canoe for a couple of days on tranquil water.

If you do not see the availability you want, please call us and we will see what we can do.

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Additional Information


Item for Hire Price
2 Person Canoe

  • Minimum of 1 adult + 1 child over 12 years old
per boat
3 Person Canoe

  • 2 adults + 1 child under 16 years old
  • OR 1 adult + 2 children (12-16 years old)
per boat
3 Adult Canoe

  • Maximum combined weight = 34 stone
  • Pack light to keep people and your kit under the limit
per boat
Single sit on top Kayak

  • Experience required
  • Minimum of 16 years old (accompanied by an 18+)
  • You will need canoes to carry your kit
per boat
Single Kayak

  • Professional training required
  • Minimum of 16 years old (accompanied by an 18+)
  • You will need canoes to carry your kit
per boat
Double Kayak

  • Experience required
  • Minimum of 1 adult + 1 child over 12 years old
  • Pack light as there is minimal storage space
per boat

  • Join 2 canoes together
  • Great for families and those who want to be more sociable.
per pair
Launch Fee

  • Payable upon check in
  • This must be paid in cash
per boat


Arrival Time Day 1 Finish Time Day 2
09:45 16:30


How to Book

  • Call us on 01600 891 376
  • We take payment in full by Debit Card
  • You will receive a confirmation email upon booking
  • By placing a booking with us, you are accepting our Terms & Conditions


  • 50% of the payment is refundable if cancelled more than 14 days prior to the activity
  • 50% is non refundable
  • If you cancel in less than 14 days there is no refund

Full description

Embark on a captivating 27 mile two-day canoe journey from Hoarwithy to Symonds Yat East, where you’ll meander through stunning landscapes along the River Wye, immersing yourself in nature’s serene beauty. This adventure promises a perfect blend of tranquility, outdoor exploration and riverside relaxation.

Day 1: Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye – 12 Miles

Your journey begins with us in the quaint hamlet of Symonds Yat East, nestled along the banks of the River Wye, Once all of your equipment is packed up into the provided water resistant barrels, we will transport you to the launch site in Hoarwithy. As you set off in your canoe, the tranquil waters gently guide you through lush greenery and rolling hills. Keep an eye out for native wildlife such as kingfishers darting along the riverbanks and herons gracefully gliding overhead.

Paddle leisurely downstream, taking in the picturesque scenery as you navigate through gentle bends and occasional rapids. Along the way, you’ll pass under charming bridges and historic landmarks, each adding to the rich tapestry of the Wye Valley.

Around midday, take a break for a leisurely picnic lunch on the riverbank, soaking in the sights and sounds of nature. Then, continue your journey downstream, eventually arriving in the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye.

In Ross-on-Wye, you’ll find a variety of accommodation options for your overnight stay. Choose to unwind in a cozy bed and breakfast nestled within the town’s winding streets, or opt for a riverside campsite for a more immersive outdoor experience. After settling in, take some time to explore Ross-on-Wye’s charming streets, browse local shops, and perhaps enjoy a delicious meal at one of the town’s welcoming restaurants.

Night 1: Camp at the White Lion or Ross on Wye Rowing Club, Stay in a B&B like The Hope & Anchor or The White House

Day 2: Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat East – 15 miles

Refreshed and rejuvenated after a restful night’s sleep, resume your canoe journey down the River Wye toward Symonds Yat East. Today’s route offers a delightful mix of gentle paddling and exhilarating rapids, with plenty of opportunities to pause and admire the breathtaking scenery.

As you approach Symonds Yat East, you’ll be greeted by towering limestone cliffs that frame the river, creating a dramatic backdrop for your journey’s conclusion. Take your time to savour the final stretch of your canoe adventure, soaking in the beauty of the Wye Valley before reaching your destination.

Upon arrival in Symonds Yat East, take a moment to reflect on your unforgettable journey down the River Wye. Whether you choose to extend your stay in this picturesque riverside village or bid farewell to your canoe adventure, you’ll carry with you memories of serene landscapes, tranquil waters and the timeless charm of the Wye Valley.



How long does the trip take?

Rough paddling pace is 3 miles per hour.

Day 1

  • 3 to 4 hours

Day 2

  • 5 to 6 hours

What if we have never canoed before?

This is not a trip for beginners. We would suggest you choose a shorter trip and build yourselves up.

We suggest you choose the 9 mile Kerne Bridge trip as your first experience.

Where do we park?

There is a large Pay & Display car park right next to our centre.

To purchase an overnight parking ticket you need to do this upon check in (you will need the last 3 characters of your registration plate)

This is £10 per vehicle, per day

What is the launch charge?

The £4 per craft launch charge, goes to the land owner at Hoarwithy. A lot goes back into the maintenance of the site and access.

This is payable in cash upon check-in and goes directly to the launch site operators.

Can our dogs come canoeing with us?

Yes, as long as they are well behaved, not tied into the boat and are no bigger than an average Labrador.

Please be sensible if bringing your dog with you, especially in hot weather!

Will we be unaccompanied?

Yes, 90% of all canoe hire is unaccompanied unless we deem it necessary to guide you down the river because of the conditions on the day.

If we choose to accompany you, it is not intended to be invasive nor does it spoil your time on the water, it is there to help keep you safe.

If the water levels are higher than normal and we are still safe to operate, one of our highly qualified instructors will guide you down the river with a small number of other people. We still get you out to enjoy the trip but in a safe controlled manner.

What if the weather is bad on the day?

If the lovely British weather decides to rain on the day of your activity, we will still go ahead.

We ask you to bring the appropriate clothing and the right attitude to have some fun.

If we deem the weather to be unsafe, we will postpone or cancel your booking. This is at our discretion.

Can we bring alcohol with us?

Sorry, as a duty of care to all river users, the environment and the locals who live in the area, we operate a zero tolerance on any alcohol or glass bottles.

We reserve the right to check before allowing you out on the water. If you want to have a drink please do the responsible thing, enjoy your canoe trip and then visit one of the fine establishments right next to the canoe centre upon your return.

Will we have time to stop on the way?

Yes, you will have time to stop on both days, but please keep an eye on the time and look at the maps we give you to see how far you have left to paddle.

What is the youngest age someone can go canoeing?

We would not recommend an adult taking anyone under the age of 10-12 years old on this journey as it is quite a distance.

Do not book this trip if you are not 100% your child will be content in a canoe for this length of time.

Do we need to pre-book?

We would highly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment. However, we may have some availability on the day, so please call us on 01600 891 376 and we will do our best to fit you in.

Is there a maximum weight?

The maximum weight of a person must not exceed 17 stone or 110kg, with a maximum weight of 34 stone or 230kg in a canoe including clothing and any gear.

What should we wear?

Please wear clothes appropriate to the conditions. Whilst the chances of you getting wet are slim, it may happen. Bring a change of clothes just in case. Footwear must be worn at all times. No flip flops, ‘Crocs’ or Wellington boots.

How much space do we have for our gear?

The beauty of this trip is you do not have to carry much at all. You can leave your overnight gear in the car and just take what you need for each day.

However, in a 2 person canoe we will give you a maximum of 2x 60l water-resistant barrels to put your kit inside. In a 3 person canoe you have space for 1x 60l water-resistant barrel.

Do we pay a deposit to book?

Upon booking we take payment in full, this reserves your spaces. You will then receive a confirmation email which will inform you of the details of the activity you have booked, including what to wear and how to find us.

Can pregnant people participate?

Sorry, we cannot allow anyone who is pregnant to participate in any of our activities.

How much space do we have for our gear?

In a 2 person canoe we will give you a maximum of 2x 60l water-resistant barrels to put your kit inside. In a 3 person canoe you have space for 1x 60l water-resistant barrel.

Our best tip is to think carefully about what you need to take and pack light.

  • Clothing suitable to the conditions plus a warm layer
  • Toiletries
  • Food and cooking provisions but there are places to eat at each stop off point.
  • Sun cream and any necessary medication
  • Tent & sleeping bag – make sure these are in a large big bag, just encase.