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Kerne Bridge to Redbrook (Full-Day Trip)

Launch Point Landing Point Distance Duration
Morning Kerne Bridge Symonds Yat 7.5 miles 2 to 3 hours
Afternoon Symonds Yat Monmouth or Redbrook 8 or 11 miles 3 to 4 hours
Total 15.5 or 18.5 miles 1 day
(6 to 8hrs paddling)

* Any times and distances quoted are approximate figures only.

This we feel is without doubt the best full day canoe trip on the River Wye. Starting at Kerne Bridge just below Goodrich Castle you will paddle through stunning scenery, past Yat Rock and Coldwell Caves and into Symonds Yat for lunch. Then after lunch you begin by passing through the famous grade 2 Symonds Yat rapids and through the wonderful carboniferous gorge and into Wales. Once you reach Monmouth you can either finish for the day or carry on another 3 miles out of Wales and back into England to end at the small village of Redbrook. For those wanting to get a few more miles under their belts, there are options to carry on down to Whitebrook or Brockweir another 3 or 6 miles respectively.
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Kerne Bridge

Things to look out for from Kerne Bridge:

  • 1. Coppett Hill – on the entrance to the meandering section of the River Wye there is the beautiful heather clad Coppett Hill on your right. We can provide a lovely guided walk along Coppett Hill which will show you the route of the river through the gorge as it winds around the hill itself.
  • 2. After Lower Lydbrook you will pass the Youth Hostel in Welsh Bicknor a lovely old building and the church beside it.
  • 3. Another disused railway bridge, now used as a footbridge.
  • 4. As you meander through the Wye Valley Gorge the river bends back around a right hand bend and you will pass Coldwell Rocks famous for the nesting Peregrine falcons and Symonds Yat Rock the view poiint high above you on the left.
  • 5. Now you have looped around and you are paddling the other side of Coppett Hill, you will go under Huntsham Bridge, a green iron road bridge.
  • 6. You are entering Symonds Yat area when you see the old parish church of St Dubricius on your right hand side.
  • 7. Your halfway point is Symonds Yat, where you can stop for a lovely riverside lunch or picnic.
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Symonds Yat

Paddling down the river from Symonds Yat the first thing you will encounter are the rapids – these are Grade 2 rapids and are not advised to paddle without at least having done some paddling before.

After the rapids there are a number of places of interest to spot:

  • 1. Biblins foot bridge a suspended iron foot bridge linking the walk from Symonds Yat East to Biblins campsite on the West side of the river to the Wye Valley Walk.
  • 2. Past Biblins the river carves it’s way through carboniferous limestone and the Seven Sisters Rocks, plus there are a number or caves on the right hand side of the river including King Arthur’s Cave.
  • 3. Wyastone Estate – home of Nimbus records, this gothic mansion estate can be seen from the river on the right hand side with its Concert Hall and Business Park.
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Once you reach Monmouth the landing area is the second set of steps on the right hand side, not the steps in front of the Rowing Club.

If you would like to be collected from Monmouth either arrange with the staff on the day or call the office from Monmouth.


Paddle under the large multi-arched Wye Bridge at Monmouth.

After the bridge look out for the following on your 3 mile journey down to Redbrook:

  • 1. On your right you will see the River Monnow joining the River Wye.
  • 2. Another two disused railway bridges.
  • 3. The river starts to follow the main A466 running along on the left hand side.
  • 4. There are a large number of big boulders in the river here, take care going around them.
  • 5. Old iron dissused railway bridge is just before the stop off for Redbrook.
The Boat Inn is on the right hand side of the river just past the bridge, the landing point is on the left hand side of the river opposite, the Boat Inn can then be accessed by using the footpath that goes across the bridge to have a quick refreshment before your Wye Canoes shuttle arrives to take you back to your car.

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Based At (Meeting Point): Pay & Display Car Park, Symonds Yat West Leisure Park, Symonds Yat West, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6DA
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