Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat (1/2 Day)

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A fantastic half day trip for those new to paddlesport or with limited time...

The trip from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat is stunning and probably the most popular half day river tour on the Wye, this runs at 1pm everyday and can be done self-guided between the months of March to December and guided all year round. After booking either through the website (above) or over the phone you will receive an email with information about your trip. On the day of your trip you meet us at meet point B at 1pm, here you park and we fill out paperwork and complete payments, kit you out with buoyancy aids, paddles and dry barrels and give you a safety briefing before transporting you up to your start point at Kerne Bridge (15 minute drive), you will have the small launch fee to pay to the owners of the launch site if self-guided (£2 per canoe) and you are away. To start with you will paddle through Bishopswood and Lower Lydbrook. After Lydbrook you will pass by the Wye Valley YHA and the lovely Church at Welsh Bicknor and under the old disused railway bridge that forms part of the Wye Valley Walk. 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 Symonds Yat West and your car. 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, and if you fancied chilling out and taking a little more of a relaxed approach to this trip then why not consider this trip as a 3/4 day trip starting at 11 am which allows another hour or so to relax.

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 butterflies, deer, bird life and fungi. There is 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 Wye Valley YHA with St Margaret's church beside it.
  3. Another disused railway bridge, last used in the 1960′s, now used as a footbridge and part of the Wye Valley Walk.
  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 500 ft 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, as you round a right hand bend you will see our sign on a beach on the inside of a right hand bend indicating our private launch and landing site.

 All you have to do now is carefully exit the canoe, remove it from the river and carry it to the flag then find a member of the Wye Canoes/Wye Adventures team to take your equipment from you. The choice then is either a 5/10 mins walk back to the car or maybe time for a refreshing drink at one of the local watering holes while planning your next exciting adventure.

Activity Information Facts:

  • Minimum Age – 4 Years Old
  • Fitness Level – Easy/Moderate
  • Difficulty – Easy, suitable for novices, you will be required to carry your 34kg canoe between you and your paddling partner (we can assist groups with young children), we can sometimes help at the launch stage but if you capsize on route you will have to recover your boat yourselves as we are not there with you! you will also need to remove the canoe from the river at the end of each day. 
  • Stops on route - none on this trip, this is a door to door paddle, if you are looking to stop for a break then consider the 3/4 day trip(Please bear in mind that we don't allow anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs to paddle our boats for obvious safety reasons, people under the influence or seen drinking alcohol whist in the boats will be removed from the river without refund and possibly without transport back to their cars).
  • Meeting times – 1pm
  • Meeting place - Riverside, behind the Paddocks Hotel, Symonds Yat West, HR96BL, Meet Point B
  • On river time – 60-90 mins after meeting time (30 mins for paperwork, briefing, kitting out, 15 mins to travel to launch site, 20 mins to get boats off and get on water)
  • Duration – 2-3 hours
  • Off water time - 4.30pm at latest.
  • Time of Year – Unguided – March-December, Guided – All Year Round
  • Location - Lower Wye Valley
  • Adult:Child Ratio Unguided, 4-10 yr olds 1:1 adult to child ratio, 10-18 yr olds 1 adult:2 youths
  • Adult:Child Ratio Youth Group Guided, 1 Instructor/Guide:10 Youths + 1 free staff position
  • Adult:Child Ratio Standard Group Guided, 1 Instructor/Guide:12 persons.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01600 890027 or drop us an email to 

* Please note that the launch point at Kerne bridge is now a privately owned area and you will need to pay a private toll of £2 to the owners on arrival when on a self-guided canoe or kayak trip, so please ensure you have this with you on the day.

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