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Ross-on-Wye to Redbrook (Multi-Day Trip)

Launch Point Landing Point Distance
Day 1 Ross-on-Wye Kerne Bridge 5.5 miles
Kerne Bridge Symonds Yat 7.5 miles
Day 2 Symonds Yat Monmouth or Redbrook 8 or 11 miles
Option Monmouth or Redbrook Brockweir** 9 or 6 miles
Total Distance 24 or 30 miles
Duration 2 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.

Important: You must notify us of any changes of plans you make for your overnight stop, so that a Rescue Search is not put into place on the grounds that you haven’t reached your original destination.

A great relaxing 2 day paddle from Ross to Redbrook or Whitebrook. Day one is Ross to Symonds Yat with the opportunity to stop for either pub lunches at The Inn on the Wye or The Forge Hammer or maybe just pull over for a picnic at the side of the river. Then on the second day take on the rapids at Symonds Yat before paddling the stunning Wye Gorge down into Wales and through the historic town of Monmouth and back into England to finish at Redbrook (10 miles) or maybe Whitebrook (13 miles).

After kitting you out at our centre we then have a short drive up to the historic market town of Ross to begin your day out. Launching just above Wilton Bridge the river meanders through the countryside for 5 miles, passing the ruins of Goodrich Castle before you reach Kerne Bridge.

Ross-on-Wye to Kerne Bridge

The launching point for Ross-on-Wye is on “Wye Street” near the band stand and is sign posted from the road.

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.
The River Wye at Symonds Yat- Wye Canoes Canoeing The River Wye - Wye Canoes Kerne Bridge from the River Wye - Wye Canoes

Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat West

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 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 some concrete steps and where to exit the river.

The River Wye at Symonds Yat- Wye Canoes The Courtfield Arms - Wye Canoes The Courtfield Arms - Wye Canoes

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 small beach on the right opposite the large rocks at Symonds Yat West.We will lock your canoe up for the night while you walk to your campsite, hotel or B&B.
View of The River Wye from Symonds Yat - Wye Canoes Ye Old Ferrie Inn at Symonds Yat - Wye Canoes The River Wye at Symonds Yat - Wye Canoes

Symonds Yat West to Monmouth

The next day the first thing you will encounter are the really fun little rapids – these are Grade 2 rapids and must not be paddled without a properly fitted helmet and a rapids briefing from a member of our staff.

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.
Symonds Yat Rapids - Wye Canoes Canoeing Symonds Yat Rapids - Wye Canoes The Biblins Foot Bridge - Wye Canoes

Monmouth to Redbrook

Once you reach Monmouth the landing area is the second set of steps on the right hand side.

Paddle under the large multi-arched Wye Bridge at Monmouth and now you are heading for Redbrook and England.

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 to get some refreshments whist waiting for your Wye Canoes shuttle back to your car.

Monmouth Rowing Club - Wye Canoes The River Wye - Wye Canoes The Railway Bridge at Redbrook - Wye Canoes

Continuing on from Redbrook to Whitebrook or Brockweir

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

  • 1. There is an option of a get out at Whitebrook rather than paddling on to Brockweir to make the trip from Symonds Yat a little longer, Contact Us for details.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Brockweir Bridge (pic) – a large flat iron bridge.
    • 4. The landing point is just to the left before the bridge.

 

  • NB. The get out at Brockweir is not accessible for trailers and as such not suitable for more than 2 boats, unless you are willing to carry your boats across bridge to main road for collection.
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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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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