The 3/4 day trip which starts at 11am is the same route as the 1/2 day but with some extra time to stop for lunch on route. You will meet us is Symonds Yat West which is essentially the end of the trip, we fill out paperwork and complete payments, kit you out with buoyancy aids, paddles and dry barrels and give you a safety briefing before bussing you up to your start point at Kerne Bridge (10 minute drive), you will have the small launch fee to pay to the owners of the launch site (£2 per canoe) if they are around to collect it then you are off. You paddle 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 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.
Things to look out for on this trip!
- 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, birdlife 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.
- 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.
- Another disused railway bridge, last used in the 1960′s, now used as a footbridge.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
All you have to do now is carefully exit the canoe, remove it from the river and find a member of the Wye Canoes team to take your equipment from you. Then 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
- Difficulty – Easy, suitable for novices
- Meeting times – 9am/11am (3/4 day option)/1pm
- On river time – about 1hr to 1.5hrs after meeting time
- Duration – 2-3 hours
- 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 don’t hesitate to contact us on 01600 890027.
* Please note that the Staging 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, so please ensure you have this with you on the day