We are offering a free Canoe trip on the weekend of 3rd and 4th of October which is totally dedicated to NHS Staff only ( Please note unfortunately we can not accommodate family members i.e children )
There are limited spaces ( 50 Canoes per day ) The Trip is from Ross on Wye to Symonds Yat, 14 miles paddling the Wonderfull River Wye in the heart of Herefordshire.
From the public launch below The Riverside Inn in Ross, after a full safety brief you will be launched off.
Once launched 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.
There you can have a break if you wish?
Why not plan your trip so you stop for a bite to eat or picnic.
Facilites – 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.
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 center of the river. This is another for a break if you wish
Approximately 0.5 mile on the right bank you pass the Youth Hostel and church at Welsh Bickor, 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 begining 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 200 yards down river at YE OLDE FERRIE INN PUB which will be on your right. 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.
Fancy a day out? We ask that you register using your NHS email address so we can verify who you are.
2 person canoes only
Please indicate how many canoes you require:
The offer is on a first come first serve only, due to capacity. The cut off date is on or before September 25th depending on uptake.
All requests will be contacted by e-mail with a full generic confirmation of their booking on September 25th.
Your Name (required)
Your Email (must be NHS) (required)
Preferred date (required)3rd October4th October
Number of Canoes wanted (required)
Any notes or questions.