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Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat (3/4 – Day Trip)

Launch Point Landing Point Distance Duration Paddle Time
Kerne Bridge Symonds Yat 7.5 miles 3/4 day 2 to 3 hrs

* Any times and distances quoted are approximate figures only.

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Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat

Kerne Bridge

The trip from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat is stunning and probably the most popular river tour on the Wye. You begin near Goodrich Castle pass through Bishopswood and Lower Lydbrook and past the Forge Hammer Pub where you can stop for lunch. After Lydbrook you will pass by the YHA and the Church at Welsh Bicknor and under the old disused railway bridge. The river meanders down 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 into Symonds Yat and back to Ye Old Ferrie Inn. Along the way you can see a variety of wildlife from otters, mink, swans, geese, deer, wild boar, peregrine falcons and plenty more.
The distance of about seven miles of this trip can be enough for the first time paddler and is perfect to enjoy the fantastic surroundings and stunning vistas the area has to offer. As mentioned earlier, you can stop for lunch at the Forge Hammer (where in the high season there is an excellent burger van) in Lower Lydbrook or why not take a picnic to enjoy on the river bank.
Things to look out for on this trip!

  • 1. Coppett Hill – After launching at Kerne Bridge you will paddle alongside beautiful heather clad Coppett Hill on your right, a local nature reserve of over 100 acres, it’s a mixture of woodland and open hillside and is a great place for butterfiles, deer, bird life and fungi. 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 the island at Lower Lydbrook you will pass through Welsh Bicknor which despite its name is in Herefordshire, and past the Youth Hostel in Welsh Bicknor with St Margarets church beside it.
  • 3. Another disused railway bridge, last used in the 1960’s, now used as a footbridge.
  • 4. Approximately half way through your trip Cliffs rise up in front of you, this Coldwell Rocks and caves and Symonds Yat Rock where finds suggest iron age activity, but are probably more notable for the nesting Peregrine falcons and Symonds Yat Rock the view point some 500ft above you on the left, easily identified by the union flag.
  • 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 that links the two sides of the River Wye.
  • 6. You are entering Symonds Yat area when you see the old parish church of St Dubricius on your right hand side. Its foundations date from the 9th century and the oldest part the 13th century. St Dubricius lived in Herefordshire in the 6th century and founded monasteries which were centres of learning.
Your landing point is not far away now, you will come to a right hand bend in the river and on the inside of that bend there is a small beach with a sign saying “Symonds Yat, Launch and Landing for Wye Canoes Ltd”.
All you have to do now is carefully exit the canoe, remove it from the beach and carry it up to the flag and find a member of the Wye Canoes team to take your equipment from you. Then maybe time for some refreshments at one of the local Inn’s or hotels while planning your next exciting adventure.

Activity Information Facts:

  • Minimum Age – 4 Years Old
  • Fitness Level – Easy
  • Difficulty – Easy, suitable for novices
  • Meeting times – 11am
  • Duration – 4 hours
  • Off water time – 4pm at latest
  • Time of Year – Unguided – March-December, Guided – All Year Round
  • Location – Wye Valley
  • Adult:Child Ratio Unguided, 4-9 yr olds 1:1 adult to child ratio, 10-18 yr olds 1 adult:2 children
  • Adult:Child Ratio Youth Group 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

* Unguided River Trips are subject to suitable environmental conditions.



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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