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Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat (Full-Day Trip)

Launch Point Landing Point Distance Duration
Morning Ross-on-Wye Kerne Bridge 5.5 miles 1/2 day
Afternoon Kerne Bridge Symonds Yat 7.5 miles 1/2 day
Total 13 miles 1 day (4 to 5 hrs paddling)

* Any times and distances quoted are approximate figures only.


Starting your trip in the historic market town of Ross on Wye, you will pass underneath Wilton Bridge and start to follow the Wye as it meanders through stunning countryside and towards Goodrich Castle. The first place to stop for a break is Kerne Bridge some 5 miles downstream of Ross, you should reach Kerne Bridge after approximately 2.5 hours. After passing under 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 following the footpath by the side of the village hall which will bring you out by the bridge and just across the road from the pub.

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

A further 30 minutes downstream is Lower Lydbrook, where again you can find a picnic area, public toilets and The Forge Hammer. (Please be aware that although there are a couple of pub options on route, you will only have time for one stop for lunch, with a sensible amount of alcohol to be drunk before getting back onto the river, anyone deemed to be unsafe after a lunch stop will not be allowed back onto the river)

After Lydbrook you will pass by the YHA and the Church at Welsh Bicknor and under the disused railway bridge. The river meanders down beside Coppett Hill towards and under the famous Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint, where you may be able to spot peregrine falcons and other birds of prey. After passing Yat Rock you paddle for a further hour through stunning scenery and back to Symonds Yat West. Along the way you can see a variety of wildlife from otters, mink, swans, geese, deer, wild boar, peregrine falcons and plenty more.

The Courtfield Arms - Wye Canoes View of The River Wye from Symonds Yat - Wye Canoes Ye Old Ferrie Inn at Symonds Yat - Wye Canoes

Activity Information Facts:

  • Minimum Age – 4 Years Old
  • Fitness Level – Easy
  • Difficulty – Easy, suitable for novices
  • Meeting time – 9am
  • On river time – about 1hr to 1.5hrs after meeting time
  • Duration – 4-5 hours
  • Time of Year – Unguided – March-December, Guided – All Year Round
  • Location – Wye Valley
  • Child/Adult Ratio Unguided, 4-10 yr olds 1:1, 10-18 yr olds 1:2
  • Child/Adult Ratio Guided, 1 Instructor/Guide:10 Youths + 1 accompanying adult

If you have any questions please visit our frequently asked questions page HERE and to book please go to our sister site Wye Adventures HERE, for anything else please feel free to call us on 01600 890027



Based At (Meeting Point B): Riverside, Behind Paddocks Hotel, Symonds Yat West, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6BL
Registered Office & Contact Address:
Hillcrest, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6BN
Phone: 01600 890027
Mobile: 07789 895082

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