Paddle the Wye – a 4 day adventure – July 2018

Destination: The River Wye

Duration: 4 Days

Group size: 6 – 8 FULL

Dates: July 9th – 12th

Cost: To be shared equally between all participants – approx. £250 each

IMG_2486Following the success of this year’s trips on the Wye, the venture is being repeated in 2018. We are going to spend four days on the river, starting at Hay-on-Wye and finishing at Redbrook. The only long day is Day 2, but we have all day at a time of year when the days are long. This is arguably the best river in England for a multi-day canoe trip.

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

Canoes will be hired from the Ross-on-Wye Canoe Hire Company and they will transport us, and our canoes, to the start point at Hay and collect us when we have finished at Redbrook. We will be able to leave cars parked at the canoe hire centre. Tents will be provided, as will all food and drink. I will pay for everything and when it is all over, the cost will be divided by the number of participants. To give you some indication as to cost, this year’s four day trip cost £247 for everything.

Day 1. Hay to Bycross Farm 19 miles

IMG_2474Meet at Ross-on-Wye Canoe Hire Company at Symonds Yat West at 10.00am to be kitted out and transported to Hay on Wye. Hopefully, we will be in the water round about midday. Please bring a packed lunch. We should arrive at Bycross Farm at around 5.00pm. The campsite has a toilet and shower block as well as a shop. Having set up camp, enjoyed an expedition style meal, we can spend the evening by the river with a beer or two, watching the sunset.

Day 2. Bycross to Hoarwithy 29 miles



After a nutritious expedition style breakfast, we will make an early start. In terms of miles this seems a long way but we have many daylight hours at our disposal. Our only time constraint is to make sure that we are in the pub for our meal in the evening. We will have made a packed lunch before we leave and this will be taken at an appropriate point during the day. Our campsite will be at Tressick Farm on the banks of the river. Facilities here are limited to a number of portaloos. It is a short walk to the New Harp Inn, where I am sure we will spend most of the evening.

Day 3. Hoarwithy to Welsh Bicknor 19 miles

Approaching Ross

Approaching Ross

Another expedition breakfast sets us up for the day. We paddle our way to Ross-on-Wye in time for a lazy pub lunch at the Hope & Anchor. Continuing, we follow the meanders through spectacular scenery to land at Wye Valley YHA at Welsh Bicknor. Here we will camp but take full advantage of the facilities of the youth hostel, including dinner and breakfast the following morning.

Day 4 Welsh Bicknor to Redbrook 16.75 miles

IMG_2503Having enjoyed a full English breakfast and picked up our packed lunch, we cast off for a spectacular day’s paddling through the Symonds Yat Gorge, stopping for lunch at Symonds West while we prepare ourselves for shooting the rapids. Having successfully shot the rapids, we continue past Monmouth and on through the fringes of the Forest of Dean to our final destination, Redbrook, where we will be collected and returned to Symonds Yat West to pick up our cars.

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