29 Miles Of The Glorious River Wye, Canoed In 2 Days
2 days of wonderful canoeing, the Hoarwithy to Monmouth route is wonderfully scenic, a truly gentle journey when taking the 2 days. Take your time travelling down the majestic River Wye.
Mileage wise the route runs at a gentle pace, with plenty of room for stop off time. You pass through some historic sights whilst having fun on the river observing the countryside, wildlife and scenery – where you’ll wish to have your camera to capture a truly unique view of England and Wales.
From this gorgeous location you travel approximately 2 miles going under Selleck Suspension footbridge, approximately – 1 mile, meandering on you come to the first of two demolished railway bridges on the old Hereford to Gloucester line now your near Strangford.
1 Mile on and the interesting Fawley chapel can be seen on the left bank.
¾ mile – How Caple – and for 2 miles you pass the Salmon Pools which are indicated with fisher men’s huts on the bank.
Approximately 1.25 miles on and your nearing Foy passing under the elegant suspension bridge built after an earlier structure was swept away by floods in 1919. Now look out for Foy church on your right.
1.5 miles on and you come to Backney Common look out for a simple metal cross which sits on the bank to commemorate an act of bravery by the Rector of Brampton Abbots in 1904 who died saving his son and daughters friend from drowning. This is where you pass through the 2nd demolished railway bridge and a nice photo can be shot.
As you pass under the main A 40 bridge you come back to reality with Ross on Wye town sitting above the river looking down at you. (This is one of the most popular postcard shots.)
There is one public launch and egress point in Ross-on-Wye, this is set beside The Riverside Pub. We launch and pick up from The Riverside.
As you pass the rowing club on your left look out for a concrete landing stage on your left and situated just below the Hope and Anchor Inn.
The 2nd (public launch) is 150 meters further on the left below – The Riverside Inn. Please remember at weekends and holiday seasons both pubs may be busy and you may have to wait for food.
The camp site requires prior booking…
Ross-on-Wye Rowing Club now provides an additional camping spot in Ross.
The White Lion Pub – situated directly on your right as you pass under Wilton bridge on the right bank. Facilities: Port-a-loo and Stand pipe (drinking water) Pub directly behind offering food and why not have a Full English breakfast before you set off on your morning paddle. – Contact – Tel no 01989 562785.
Registration at 09:30hrs – Collection time as arranged prior to departure.
Ross-on-Wye on the banks of the river
View from Yat Rock
Fetch out point at Symonds Yat
From Ross on Wye the river weaves and passes the 13th century castle on the right bank and flows beneath Wilton bridge (White Lion Pub on right bank)
Approximately 4.5 miles as your leisurely paddling down stream look out for Goodrich Castle an impressive Norman fortification set against the skyline on the right. Your now nearing Kerne Bridge as you pass under the bridge get the front person to look out for the landing stage which is set back approximately 800 meters on the left.
Why not plan your trip so you stop for a bite to eat or picnic.
Facilities – Car park – Picnic Area – Pub/Eating house The Inn on the Wye is situated through the car park entrance and 200 meters to the left where good food is served and has a lovely terrace garden. Contact number 01600 890872.
Now your starting one of the most picturesque stretches of water and countryside offering so much to take in. The river twists and turns at a leisurely pace around Coppitt Hill. Wild Deer can sometimes be seen foraging for food by the woods.
Approximately 1 mile on your left you pass a water pumping station with flood lights set in the walls. Not much to look at but a signpost your now starting the long right hand bend taking in all the sites and sounds of the Wye.
Approximately 1.75 miles you come to Lower Lydbrook can’t miss this stop as there’s an Island in the centre of the river. To the left you’ll see the landing point below the steps leading up to the Picnic Area and also the now closed Courtfield Arms Pub. You are now close to The Forge Hammer pub – situated up the steps across the T junction approximately 150 meters on your left.
Approximately 0.5 mile on the right bank you pass the Youth Hostel and church at Welsh Bicknor with Indian wig wam’s set in the grounds, you’ll soon paddle under a disused railway bridge now a footbridge.
Approximately 2 miles on and your passing directly under the 500 high limestone Yat Rock which is famous as a nesting point for the Peregrine Falcons which if your in luck you’ll see soaring high above you. This also is the beginning of the long loop which meanders towards the A40 and then back again.
A good signpost is Huntsham Bridge which is constructed of Green Metal when passing underneath you’ve 1 mile to paddle to Symonds Yat West. You may see pleasure cruisers carrying people up and down the river.
You paddle downstream through the scenic valley where the river runs between Symonds Yat West on your right and Symonds Yat East on your left.
Passing by The Old Ferry Inn on your right and The Saracens Head on your left.
After approximately 1.5 miles you get the thrill of riding through the Grade 2 rapids. A great experience.
With the excitement over you can now sit back and enjoy the scenery at your own pace. On your right is the Biblin’s campsite (used by authorized groups only) you drift under the Narrow suspension bridge used as a footpath.
Approximately 1.75 miles further on and you are at Hadnock Island pass on the left side as not so weedy. Now the river winds and runs parallel with the A40 for a short distance and the small bustling market town of Monmouth nestles on the right bank. Monmouth town cannot be seen from the river.
Landing stage on the right bank at the Monmouth Rowing Club.
Ross-on-Wye on the bank of the river
Field view from river
Swans coming in to land
The two maps cover the whole trip
The Inn on the Wye
Ye Old Ferrie Inn
Symonds Yat Peregrine Falcons