Peaceful paddling, perfect walking and plenty of good company
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good to know:
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.
- 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.
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.
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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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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
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!ClaireMember Since 2016
“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.ElizabethMember Since 2016