13 Miles Of The Glorious River Wye, Canoed In 1 Day
One days canoeing, the Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat route is quite simply one of the most spectacularly scenic journeys one can make on the River Wye.
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.
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.
Registration at 8:45am finish by 5.30pm
Ross-on-Wye on the banks of the river
View from Yat Rock
Fetch out point at Symonds Yat
The one map covers the whole trip
The Inn on the Wye
Welsh Bicknor Youth Hostel
Ye Old Ferrie Inn
Norton House B&B and Self Catering Cottages
Wye Valley Rooms
Symonds Yat Peregrine Falcons