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Hereford to Redbrook (Multi-Day Trip)

Launch Point Landing Point Distance
Day 1 Hereford Holme Lacey 9 miles
Holme Lacey Hoarwithy 9 miles
Day 2 Hoarwithy Ross-on-Wye 12 miles
Day 3 Ross-on-Wye Kerne Bridge 5.5 miles
Kerne Bridge Symonds Yat 7.5 miles
Day 4 Symonds Yat Monmouth or Redbrook 8 or 11 miles
Option Monmouth or Redbrook Brockweir** 9 or 6 miles
Total Distance 54 or 60 miles
Duration 4 days
** Collection of max. 2 boats only (limited access). Larger groups will have to carry boats across bridge to collection point.

* Any times and distances quoted are approximate figures only.

Hereford

On the paddle down look out for:

  • 1. Hereford Cathedral on your left as you go through the city.
  • 2. River Lugg joining the Wye about 4 miles out of the city.
  • 3. The Wye Invader a Dutch Barge that was brought down the river and beached in order to become a floating restaurant. This never actually happened, hence the discarded boat has been left where it was beached.
  • 4. The lovely St Maughans formation of red sandstone cliffs that you go through just above Holme Lacey. The village itself sits at the top of the second cliff.
Lucksall Campsite - Wye Canoes

There are no pubs on the river between Hereford and Hoarwithy, but a good stopping point is the Lucksall campsite where they do have a shop.

This is just below the Holme Lacy bridge on the left hand side and again depending on your pace you may decide to stop here overnight. It is about a 9 mile paddle from Hereford to here.

Hoarwithy

There are two campsites in the Hoarwithy area, Lower Ruxton Farm (Howle Caple) and Tresseck Farm, and the New Harp Inn country pub in Hoarwithy village if you wanted to stop for lunch.

On the paddle down look out for:

  • 1. The Sellack suspension footbridge is the first bridge you pass under on your way down river from Hoarwithy.
  • 2. There are two demolished railway bridges which are the remains of the old Hereford to Gloucester Railway Line demolished in the 1960′s under the Beeching Act.

Ross-on-Wye

Ross-on-Wye - Wye Canoes

The landing point for Ross-on-Wye is past the Rowing Club on the left hand side in front of the Riverside Inn. The Riverside Inn is the closest pub to the landing point but a little further back is The Hope and Anchor.

Further down river under the main bridge and a good site for camping if stopping overnight is The White Lion.

On the paddle down look out for:

  • 1. Goodrich Castle, a ruined 12th Century Castle that overlooks the river.
  • 2. Kerne Bridge, a 3-arch stone bridge spanning the river.
  • 3. The remains of another old railway bridge.

Kerne Bridge

Kerne Bridge - Wye Canoes

After passing under the 3-arch stone bridge of Kerne bridge around the corner there is the old abutment of what was a railway bridge and soon after is the landing point for Kerne Bridge. There is a pub nearby, the Inn on the Wye, which can be accessed by crossing the road from the landing site. There is accommodation at the Inn on the Wye, so if you wanted to finish your day here, you can do.

On the way down from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat there is one pub in Lower Lydbrook – The Courtfield Arms just over the road from the landing site, further into the village there is The Forge Hammer , a short walk into the village.

Lower Lydbrook will be found just after an island in the centre of the river, paddle to the left of the island keeping the island to your right and you will see the village on your left soon after a sign for the Courtfield Arms.

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 landing point is the wide steps in front of Ye Old Ferrie Inn, which has an original hand ferry to cross the river.

Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat Rapids - Wye Canoes

Paddling down the river from the Ferry in 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 or rafted your canoes together for more stability.

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.

Monmouth

Monmouth Rowing Club - Wye Canoes

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, do not use the steps on the left hand side of the river before the bridge either, these are for Monmouth School only.

There are no pubs close to the river here, but the town is about 10 minutes walk if you wish to take a break and walk into town.

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

After the bridge look out for the following on your 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 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.

Redbrook

Paddling down from Redbrook you continue to follow the A466 on your left until you reach:
Brockweir Bridge - Wye Canoes

  • 1. Bigsweir Bridge an old wrought iron archway bridge, taking the A466 across the river so it will now be following the river on your right. This was originally a toll bridge and you can see the toll house on your right at the end of the bridge.
  • 2. Brockweir Bridge – a large flat iron bridge.
  • 3. The landing point is just to the left before the bridge.
Important: Make sure you do not miss this landing point as the river is tidal from here, and exit from the river is virtually impossible further down if the tide is out because all the banks will be mud.
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