18 Miles Of The Glorious River Wye, Canoed In 1 Long Day
A beautiful section of the river for those wishing to push themselves a little harder. Starting in the town of Ross-on-Wye and ending in the town of Monmouth, a magically different experience to the road, as the Wye twists and winds its way from England to Wales.
Mileage wise the route runs at a quicker pace than almost all our other trips, with less 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 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.
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.
Registration at 8:45am – Collection time as arranged prior to departure.
Ross-on-Wye on the bank of the river
View over the Wye from Yat Rock
Gentle rapids ahead after Symonds Yat
The one map covers the whole trip
The Inn on the Wye
Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel
Ye Old Ferrie Inn
Symonds Yat Peregrine Falcons