Hereford to Symonds Yat 4 days

42 Miles Of The Glorious River Wye, Canoed Over 4 days

Canoeing Hereford to Symonds Yat

42 miles of glorious river paddled over 4 days

If you have the time, this stretch of river is one of the most extraordinary ways to discover the rich rural beauty of Herefordshire. The Hereford to Symonds Yat route appeals to those who want to make a memorable journey at there own pace.

Mileage wise per day the route runs at a leisurely pace with stop off time. Passing 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.

42 miles

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Day 1 Journey Details

Hereford to Lucksall Camp Site (Holme Lacy)
Canoeing Distance: 8.75 miles

Hereford grew up around an ancient river crossing, which explains its name, meaning ‘ford of the army’. Among the many places of interest are the cathedral and a medieval chained library, the Old House museum, Museum of Cider, city walls and the old castle site at Castle Green. A variety of river crossings include the disused iron railway bridge at Hunderton, the modern Greyfriars Bridge, the Wye Bridge built in 1490 and the elegant Victorian suspension bridge of 1898.

After leaving Hereford the river winds its way through the countryside for 8 miles until the confluence of the River Lugg on the left then shortly after you pass underneath the Holme Lacy Bridge and you will  see Lucksall Caravan Park. There are 2 floating pontoons, exit the river at the first pontoon and report to reception.


Day 2 Journey Details

Holme Lacy to Tresseck Farm Camp Site (Hoarwithy)

Canoeing Distance: 8.5 miles

Another 3 miles further down stream you come across Mancell’s Ferry where signs will tell you to keep right around the bend, after another mile you will see Capler Hill, a steep wooded slope on the left bank, leading to the double ramparts of Capler Camp, an Iron Age hill fort. A wide variety of birds inhabit these woods and dappled fallow deer may be sighted, from here to Ross the river follows several large meanders. A mile further down stream are Carey Islands, a group of islands with rapids in between, the best course in normal water is the right of the first island, then shortly after is Carey, a demolished railway bridge. One of three railway bridges crossing the Wye between Ross and Hereford which were dismantled when the Hereford to Gloucester line closed in 1964.

Just a couple of miles further is Hoarwithy, you will pass under a road bridge (pic) and the village is on the right. You can land here for a charge at Tresseck Campsite, there is a post office, a pub, New Harp Inn and the prominent ‘Italianate’ church of St Catherine’s which has featured in at least 3 films. Its a great little campsite that allows open fires and has toilets and a water tap.


Day 3 Journey Details

Hoarwithy to Ross on Wye
Canoeing Distance: 11 miles

After leaving Hoarwithy you will see Sellack Suspension footbridge 2 miles down river and Strangford bridge (demolished railway bridge) another mile further, after another mile you will see Fawley Chapel on the left bank and shortly after that How Caple and the Inglestone Estate, for 2 miles downstream the salmon pools are indicated by red and green discs fixed to the trees, please observe and paddle on the green side of the river. Another mile further and you will be at ‘Hole in the Wall’ formerly the PGL canoe centre on the left bank with private access just above the rapids. Just after that is Foy, you will see an elegant suspension bridge, built after an earlier structure was swept away by floods in 1919. The current is restricted by small islands and the channel varies according to level, church on right after 400m.

Then its only a mile or so to Backney Common where a simple metal cross sits on the left bank. This commemorates an act of bravery by the rector of Brampton Abbotts in 1904, who died whilst saving his son and his daughters friend from drowning. Demolished railway bridge (pic) is then just 400m downstream at Backney. Be aware of obstructions and weeds caught up on the bridge. Then Ross is only another 3 miles downstream, for camping options in Ross we would suggest Ross Rowing Club  after that there is a long curve on the river to Wilton Bridge and The White Lion. The public landing spot is on the curve after The Hope and Anchor pub on left a few hundred meters before Wilton Bridge, and the White Lion is as you pass under the old bridge as you leave Ross.