7.5 Miles Of The Glorious River Wye, Canoed In Half Day
A half or three-quarter days canoeing, the Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat route is one of the most spectacular sections of the River Wye, a great taster to the Wye, or a journey in itself, a wonderful experience, accessible to almost all.
Mileage wise 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.
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 Coppit 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.
Half Day trip: 12:00 or 12:45
Ross-on-Wye on the bank of the river
View over the Wye at Yat Rock
Fetch out point at Symonds Yat
The one map covers the whole trip
Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel
Wye Valley rooms
Symonds Yat Peregrine Falcons