44 Miles Of The Glorious River Wye, Canoed Over 3 - 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.
Your journey begins at the Historic town of Hereford – with much to see before you start – the Cathedral, Museum of Cider, Chained Library and the old castle site at Castle Green.
There are no pubs or restaurants on your first days canoeing, once you depart from Hereford, so be sure to bring your own food and drink for the canoe journey, with lots of lovely places to stop and enjoy your picnic!
Landmarks : (to look out for and use as route map without the need of maps)
At Lucksall Caravan Park, you will need prior permission to camp Tel 01432 870213.
A very nice modern site with all amenities.
Grocery shop on site.
The Moon Inn – pub ½ mile away for good food and drink . Turn left as you leave the caravan site.
Registration at 09:15hrs – Collection time as arranged prior to departure.
Hereford from the river Wye
Family in a canoe on the water
Now you start the complete escape from the hustle and bustle of life and can enjoy the scenery of the next two days as traffic wise this is a very quiet stretch of water and you will meander down a beautiful stretch of the River Wye.
Approximately 3.5 miles you pass Mansells ferry fishing croy on your Left.
1 mile on and you’ll see a steep wooded slope on the left bank this leads up to Caplar Camp on Iron Age Hill Fort where a variety of birds inhabit the surrounding woods, where Dappled fallow deer may be sighted.
From here the river follows several large meanders, which means you can take things easy and relax pass aging through a group of Islands and through a demolished railway bridge. This is your signpost that your now 2 miles from the village of Hoarwithy.
There are two campsites which are situated on either side of the river. Tresseck Farm Campsite on the right bank is the easier to recognize with a shale beach and on top of the bank a white painted signpost with farm name. Lower Ruxton is located on the left bank. Both campsites require prior permission.
Tresseck Farm Campsite with Port-a-loos and Stand pipe (drinking water) contact Mrs Roberts on 01432 840235.
The very picturesque village of Hoarwithy has a pub within walking distance approximately 0.5 mile. The New Harp Inn where you can relax and chew over today’s paddling whilst having a meal or a pint. Reserving a table is advisable as it is very popular: Tel no – 01432- 840900.
The village is also home to the prominent italianate church of St Catherines which has featured in at least three films.
Family canoeing the Wye
From here it’s off again, approximately – 2 miles going under Sellack 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 mans 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.
Ross on Wye coming into view
Ross-on-Wye on the banks of the river
From the public launch below The Riverside Inn 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.
Proceed past Riverside View Camp Site and caravan park, and on past the Amusement Park on your right.
At this point, please be aware of the three large River Cruisers that use this stretch of the river: please give them a wide berth, they will make it clear where they need to go. Meandering on you will see a large boulder in the river on your left, please be aware of people swimming and diving.
Your finish point is at The Paddocks hotel which will be on your right opposite the large bolder. You will see a RED SIGN with Ross on Wye Canoe Hire on it, please exit the river and report to a member of staff.
View from Yat Rock
Fetch out point at Symonds Yat
Choose one or choose to all to cover the whole trip
Lucksall Caravan Park
The Moon Inn
Tresseck Farm Campsite
The New Harp Inn
The White Lion Pub
Aspen House B&B
The Old Mill B&B and Self Catering
The Inn on the Wye
Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel
Belvedere House B&B
Symonds Yat Peregrine Falcons