Wye 2011

Location: Wales & Herefordshire

Duration: 9 days

Group Size: 9 adults

This UK based challenge for Noah’s Ark Trust was carried out in expedition style with support setting up camp and providing meals for the group.  Establishing camp at Glangwy, a minibus took the group up to the Hafren Forest and the start of the Wye Valley Walk.  Our aim on the first day was to visit the source of the Wye, a small gash with a trickle flowing from it near the summit of Plynlimon and continuing down to Glangwy.  It took some effort to reach the source over tussocky grassland. The source achieved, the next three days saw us walking ever increasing daily distances to Hay-on-Wye, a total distance of 64 miles.  From Hay we could temporarily hang up our boots and take to paddling the Wye over the next four days to Brockweir, a distance of 84 miles.  Beyond Brockweir the river becomes tidal and too tricky for novice paddlers, hence we walked the last nine miles into Chepstow.  This was a stunning journey, in predominantly good weather.  We hardly came across another sole during the walk and many stretches of the river we had to ourselves. The journey raised £15,000 for Noah’s Ark.