River Wye

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Peaceful paddling, perfect walking and plenty of good company

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

Just one glimpse of the magnificent River Wye in Herefordshire idly sauntering through scenic landscape is enough to make you want to be out on the water.

With that in mind we’ve lined up a weekend where you spend the first day canoeing along the river and then the following day donning walking boots for a good old yomp.

It matters not that you’ve never paddled before as this is no white water rapid adventure but a leisurely 13-mile paddle from Ross on Wye to Symonds Yat. The only stipulation is that you need to be able to swim.

Following the twists and turns in the river we’ll glide through peaceful, picturesque wildlife-rich countryside. If we’re lucky enough we’ll even spot peregrine falcons soaring above us as we pass close to their favourite nesting site, the 500-foot high Yat Rock.

With a welcoming pub to dive into afterwards for a bit of a paddlers’ celebration, what’s not to like?

Then on Sunday we head out for a leisurely six-mile tramp through the Wye Valley before a final meal.

A group canoeing down the River Wye..

Canoe the Wye Dates:

  • Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September 2020

In a nutshell:

  • Wind down as you walk and paddle through delightful scenery.
  • While away a few hours idling at the peaceful water’s edge.
  • Waver as you decide whether to have lemon drizzle or coffee cake.

A group canoeing down the River Wye..

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We’ve picked a prime riverside position for this weekend’s jaunt.

The YHA Wye Valley is a grand stone house set in 25 acres of grounds through which the river peacefully meanders.

It’s perfect for a gathering and as you arrive we will be on-hand to introduce you to your fellow adventurers before serving up Friday’s legendary welcome meal.

A group canoeing down the River Wye..


After tucking into a full breakfast, we pack up lunch and then pile into cars to drive to Symonds Yat.

Here we load the canoes and kit such as buoyancy aids and paddles onto the trailer before all hopping into the minibus and travelling to the start at Ross on Wye.

Once on the water you’ll quickly find you master the techniques for paddling in a straight line and staying upright and before long the Wye will work its relaxation magic as we glide along passing through wooded expanses interspersed with open grassland.

The interest-factor is high with numerous landmarks on the route including Goodrich Castle, Coppit Hill where wild deer can often be seen feeding, and the impressive limestone outcrop Yat Rock.

Once back on terra firma, we dive into a particularly pleasing pub for a celebratory pint and a meal before returning to our cars and heading back to the YHA.

A group canoeing down the River Wye..


Today we make the most of the YHA’s location which is slap bang on the Wye Valley Walk with a six-mile loop that will take us through some great scenery – from welcoming woodlands through to open pastures.

After the morning’s yomp we have time for a Sunday lunch before we say our goodbyes.

A group canoeing down the River Wye..

Good to know:

Venue Address:

YHA Wye Valley

For this weekend we will be staying at Wye Valley YHA. This venue supplies all of the bedding but please don’t forget a towel. Unlike the majority of our events this venue has an onsite bar so you are umable to consume your own alcohol.

Travel to the venue:

Please be aware that it can only be reached by a single track lane, the last 800 metres of which are narrow and steep with a sharp bend and an uneven road surface. It is accessible to all cars, vans and minibuses but coaches and larger vehicles will not be able to access the hostel.

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation.
  • 1 day guided river paddle, including boats, instructors and all safety kit.
  • Sunday morning walk – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday night, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday Please note Saturday nights pub tea is not included. .
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Rooms: Rooms are all 4 bedded and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.

Alcoholic Drinks: This venue has an onsite bar.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s – For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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  • Dietary Needs:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket & Room Types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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