3 Day Canoe Hire - Holme Lacy
To Symonds Yat East

Key Facts:
Day 1 duration: Up to 3 hours
Day 2 duration: 4 to 5  hours
Day 3 duration: Up to 6 hours
Total length: 35 miles

Canoe 35 miles through beautiful Herefordshire countryside and into the Wye Valley.

You can enjoy camping right on the riverbank overnight.

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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 3
10:30 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 an unforgettable 35 mile three-day canoe journey from Holme Lacy to Symonds Yat East, traversing the serene beauty of the River Wye. This adventure promises breath taking scenery, tranquil waters, and charming stops along the way.

Day 1: Holme Lacy to Hoarwithy – 8 miles
Departing from Holme Lacy, paddle your way through lush greenery and meandering waters, immersing yourself in the tranquillity of the River Wye. As the day progresses, you’ll arrive at the picturesque village of Hoarwithy where you’ll spend your first night, either in a Bed and Breakfast or Camping at Tresseck campsite. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Herefordshire, Hoarwithy offers a quaint atmosphere and a warm welcome. Here, you can visit the historic Harp Inn, renowned for its delicious food and inviting ambiance. Indulge in a hearty meal and unwind after a day of exploration before retiring to your accommodation for a restful night’s sleep.

Night 1: Camp at Tresseck Campsite or Stay in a B&B The Old Mill

Day 2: Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye – 12 miles
On the second day of your journey, resume your canoe adventure along the meandering river, marvelling at the stunning scenery and diverse wildlife that lines the banks. As you paddle downstream, you’ll eventually reach your destination for the second night, the charming town of Ross-on-Wye. Here, you have the option to stay at a cosy bed and breakfast or set up camp at a nearby campsite, immersing yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors. Take the evening to explore Ross-on-Wye’s quaint streets, sample local cuisine and unwind under the starlit sky.

Night 2: 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 3: Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat East – 15 miles
On the final day of your canoe expedition, savour the last leg of your journey as you paddle towards Symonds Yat East. Along the way, soak in the tranquil atmosphere and stunning vistas that the River Wye has to offer. As you approach your destination, you’ll be greeted by the iconic Symonds Yat Rock, a towering limestone outcrop offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you before concluding your adventure at Symonds Yat East, where you can disembark and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of your three-day canoe trip over a refreshing drink in The Royal Lodge Beer Garden.
With its scenic beauty, charming villages and opportunities for relaxation and exploration, this three-day canoe trip from Holme Lacy to Symonds Yat East promises an unforgettable adventure for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.



How long does the trip take?

Rough paddling pace is 3 miles per hour.

Day 1 – 3 hours

Day 2 – 3 to 4 hours

Day 3 – 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.

What is the launch charge?

The £5 per craft launch charge, goes to the land owner at Holme lacy. 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.

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

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 all 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?

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.

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.