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We take you from our canoe hire centre in Symonds Yat West, up river for the start of your canoe trip and you paddle back to us.
We take you from our canoe hire centre in Symonds Yat West, up river for the start of your canoe trip and you paddle back to us.

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1 Day Canoe hire trip from Ross on Wye to Symonds Yat

This canoe hire trip can be completed in a single day. The first half of the day you canoe from Ross on Wye to Kerne bridge and takes about 2 and a half hours, the second half of the day you canoe from Kerne bridge to Symonds yat which also takes about 2 and a half hours. We recommend taking a stop off at either Kerne bridge or Lower Lydbrook for lunch and you can spend up to about an hour, this makes the total canoe trip roughly 6 hours in total.

From Ross on Wye your course will take you past Goodrich Castle sited high on a hill overlooking the River Wye and the Wye Valley. Not many people see the castle from this side, and seeing the dark silhouette along the cliffline really makes you appreciate the history of the castle and it's dungeons.

Shortly after you and your canoe will pass beneath Kerne Bridge. The public landing point is a few hundred meters below the bridge on the left hand side. Stopping at this public launch point during the peak season can be difficult due to the high demand, but the Inn on The Wye is well worth the stop for a pub lunch.

https://www.canoethewye.co.uk/1-day-ross-on-wye-to-symonds-yat.html
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¾ DAY CANOE HIRE TRIP FROM KERNE BRIDGE TO SYMONDS YAT

Canoeing the Wye from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat takes half a day. However you could linger with a three quarter day trip if you wished, starting at 11:00 am and finishing at 4:30pm. Ideal for an extended lunch, giving you an hour and a half of stopping off time for either a river bank picnic or a pub lunch.

CANOEING FROM KERNE BRIDGE TO SYMONDS YAT
Setting off from Kerne Bridge you will pass through Lower Lydbrook, and navigate around a small island. This is only 25 minutes downstream but you may wish to take a break here as there are refreshments that can be purchased here. The Forgehammer pub and the Garden Cafe are located here, but check their opening times as they are not always open.

Continuing your canoeing along the Wye you will pass Welsh Bicknor on your right and English Bicknor on your left. At Welsh Bicknor there is a lovely church and a former Rectory in the grounds, previously used for the residency of the parish priest. The Rectory is now owned by the YHA trust and is used as a youth hostel. The youth hostel is a great stop off for lunch or a snack as they serve tea and coffee, along with a nice selection of cakes. The surrounding area is very pretty with fantastic views looking down the Wye Valley and a large grassy area ideal for picnics. Tip; The steps to egress from the river at Welsh Biknor are just before you reach the church on the right hand side, which can be easily missed.

Just downstream of Welsh Biknor you will pass under an old railway bridge, The bridge was part of the Monmouth to Ross line. On the right hand bank the railway use to go through a tunnel under Coppit Hill and head towards Ross on Wye. On the left bank there used to be a junction where the line met the Severn to Wye railway which was primarily used for exploiting mineral resources from the Forest of Dean. The remains can just about be seen as you pass along the river in your canoe.

Shortly after is the area where the 18th century Rev. Gilpin first introduced the word 'picturesque' to the English language in describing the surrounding landscape. For him it defined "that kind of beauty which is agreeable in a picture".

When the river starts to turn west you will come through a beautiful valley. You will find Ship Rock high above your left shoulder. The cliffs that run along the skyline are Coldwell Rocks, home to the Peregrine falcon. The end of the line of cliffs is marked by Symonds Yat Rock. As you come under the rocks there is a shingle beach that backs onto a meadow on the opposite side, which acts as the perfect half way stop off for a picnic or a snack.

From here the River Wye takes a long wide oval course, nearly coming back on itself at Symonds Yat. But before reaching Symonds Yat you will paddle your canoe under Huntsham Bridge (the green bridge) and it takes about 25 minutes back to us from here.

As you enter Symonds Yat West you will see large boulders on the left, this is the landmark we advise paddlers to remember as our landing point is on the right just opposite them.

https://www.canoethewye.co.uk/three-quarter-day-kernebridge-to-symonds-yat.html
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1 Day Canoe hire trip from Ross on Wye to Symonds Yat

This canoe hire trip can be completed in a single day. The first half of the day you canoe from Ross on Wye to Kerne bridge and takes about 2 and a half hours, the second half of the day you canoe from Kerne bridge to Symonds yat which also takes about 2 and a half hours. We recommend taking a stop off at either Kerne bridge or Lower Lydbrook for lunch and you can spend up to about an hour, this makes the total canoe trip roughly 6 hours in total.

From Ross on Wye your course will take you past Goodrich Castle sited high on a hill overlooking the River Wye and the Wye Valley. Not many people see the castle from this side, and seeing the dark silhouette along the cliffline really makes you appreciate the history of the castle and it's dungeons.

Shortly after you and your canoe will pass beneath Kerne Bridge. The public landing point is a few hundred meters below the bridge on the left hand side. Stopping at this public launch point during the peak season can be difficult due to the high demand, but the Inn on The Wye is well worth the stop for a pub lunch.

https://www.canoethewye.co.uk/1-day-ross-on-wye-to-symonds-yat.html
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RIVER WYE CANOE HIRE

We take you from our Canoe Hire Centre in Symonds Yat West, up river for the start of your Canoe Trip and you paddle (downstream) back to us. Depending on how long you want to Hire a Canoe for will depend on how far upstream from Symonds Yat we will take you. All trips finish back at our Canoe Hire Centre in Symonds Yat, unless requested.

Canoeing on the River Wye is suitable for all levels of ability, most of our customers have either never canoed before or have only done it a handful of times, some of our customers will return 3 or 4 times a year building up their confidence and ability and taking on longer and more difficult sections of the Wye. The River Wye is ideal for learning how to Canoe and Kayak as it is relatively narrow and during the summer reasonably shallow in most places.

We cater for family days out, couples looking for an adventure, groups of friends having fun, corporate team building, Hen and Stag parties and even 7 day expedition holidays.

Some of our shorter Canoe Hire Trips include the Half Day and the Three Quarter Day options, the half day hire is about 3 hours of gentle downstream paddling and the three quarter day option is the same distance but you get an extra hour or so to enjoy a picnic lunch en route, these options are ideal for a mini adventure for everyone to enjoy. Details of these trips can be found below.

Our best value for money trip is the 1 Day trip from Ross on Wye. For only an extra £5/£10 you get to spend all day on the river with an extra 3 hours of gentle downstream paddling. This quiet section of river tends to be more tranquil and teeming with wildlife. You also get to see the magnificent Goodrich castle from the North side which can only be viewed from the river. Details of this trip can be found below.

If you are looking for more of a challenge, then perhaps one of our Multiday Trips is what you are looking for? Spend a few days out in the wilderness, canoeing during the day and camping next to the river overnight. You can really get away from the stresses of the real world by cooking your dinner over a campfire and laying out under the stars. Details of our multiday trips can be found below.

When you arrive at our Canoe Hire Centre you will be issued with a buoyancy aid and paddle and given a dry barrel to keep your personal possessions in. If you would like more information on the equipment we provide visit our KIT page which goes through it all in more detail.

You will then be given a safety briefing and some basic instructions on how to paddle and steer the boat. We will give you some helpful advice on the route you will be doing, letting you know where the best places are to stop off and what wildlife to look out for en route.

We have plenty of room for parking as we are based in the grounds of the Paddocks Hotel. NOTE: The hotel charge for parking, which needs to be paid at their reception prior to your trip. You will leave your cars at our Canoe Hire Centre and we will then take you (with the canoes) upstream to your start point.

Visit www.canoethewye.co.uk/trips.html for more details
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If you are looking for a challenge, then perhaps one of our Multiday Trips is what you are looking for? Spend a few days out in the wilderness, canoeing during the day and camping next to the river overnight. You can really get away from the stresses of the real world by cooking your dinner over a campfire and laying out under the stars.
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Get away from the stresses of the real world by cooking your dinner over a campfire and laying out under the stars.
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Now taking bookings for 2018 season, book early to avoid disappointment.

www.canoethewye.co.uk
01600891100
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PREPARATION NOTES FOR CANOE THE WYE


WHERE WE ARE

We are located in the grounds of the Paddocks Hotel, Symonds Yat West, HR9 6BL.
All customers should arrive at our canoe centre to be equipped and briefed, then we transport you upstream to your start point.
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Look out for the entrance to the hotel on the left as you pass through the village. Sat nav's will take you past the entrance and on to the Ferry Inn - we are not at the Ferry Inn. So shortly after you pass the Wye Knot Inn you will see the hotel entrance. Pass under the Paddocks Hotel sign on the left. We are at the rear of the hotel, through a gateway. NOTE The hotel charge £3 for parking, which we will collect from you upon arrival.
Click here for more details

www.canoethewye.co.uk


IF WE NEED TO CANCEL

In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the booking due to bad weather or high river levels we will do so by text message initially. This is the quickest way to contact a lot of people. So please check your phone before setting off.

BOOKING DETAILS

Check that the details of the booking are correct. If they are not, either send us an email quoting the 'Booking ID' and tell us what needs to be corrected, or give us a call on 01600891100.

ARRIVAL TIME

The time that you have chosen when placing your booking is an arrival time, we have already taken into consideration time for equipping and transportation, please do not be late.

WHAT TO BRING

Ensure that you bring both sun protection and waterproofs. Hats and sunglasses are very useful on sunny days and suntan lotion is essential. You can also purchase a rain poncho from our canoe centre for only £1, which may come in handy if you don't have a lightweight jacket. You may also want to ensure that you have food and drink for a picnic whilst en route, as there are plenty of nice green areas to stop off.

CLOTHING

Normal clothing is suitable, but it is advisable to wear clothes that dry relatively quickly and try to avoid clothing that gets waterlogged, like denim. We suggest that you bring a change of clothing and a towel in case you get wet, which you can take with you in the dry barrel that we supply. Wear footwear that you do not mind getting wet (old trainers). Bear in mind that river banks can be muddy and slippery, so shoes with grip are recommended.

Do not wear flip flops or wellingtons. Wellingtons fill up with water and make it difficult to swim and flipflops tend to fall off your feet and leave you barefoot on a sharp riverbed.

MULTI-DAY TRIPS

If you are doing a multi-day trip don't forget to book your accommodation/camping in advance, visit the accommodation page on our website for our reccomended campsites and guest houses.
Also, do not forget that some private launch points upstream require a launch fee ranging from £2 to £3 per canoe, which needs to be paid separately on arrival.
When undertaking a multi-day trip it might be useful to bring a small first aid kit, and some insect repellent for the evenings.

SAFETY BRIEF

Please familiarise yourself with our safety briefing prior to your arrival, we will conduct a full brief before you depart on your trip.

FINAL PAYMENT

If the departure for your trip is more than 10 days away we will send you an email with a link in it that will allow you to pay the final balance. Please remember that any booking that has not been fully paid for 10 days before your departure will result in the canoes you have reserved being made available to other people and you risk losing your deposit.

ROUTE MAPS

Please follow this link to get access to the route maps for your trips, which can be printed and brought with you. Some people even like to laminate them so they are waterproof. MAPS

MEDICAL DECLARATION FORM

You will ensure that all people carried in any canoe that forms part of your booking who are affected by a physical, behavioural or mental condition or illness (this includes but is not limited to: pregnancy, loss of limb, immobility, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, allergy, epilepsy) have filled out and submitted a medical consent safety & risk declaration form. The form can be downloaded HERE.
FAQ'S

If you have any questions regarding your booking, either visit our FAQ page or email us via our CONTACT US PAGE.

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Canoe Hire on The River Wye available from April 1st through to October 2017

Half Day Canoe Hire
Three Quarter Day Canoe Hire
1 Day Canoe Hire
2 Day Canoe Hire
3 Day Canoe Hire

www.canoethewye.co.uk
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