RIVER WYE CANOE & KAYAK HIRE

River Wye Canoe & kayaking Hire

We hire Canadian canoes and kayaks on the river wye in monmouthshire south wales, explore the stunning Wye Valley from the river, one of the best ways to enjoy, relax and take in this breathtaking area of outstanding natural beauty. Suitable for all, Canoes or kayaks can be booked for a half day, full day or multiple days hire giving you the opportunity to travel a relaxed section of the wye passing through the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley AONB. The river follows the Welsh English Border for much of the lower Valley, steeped in ancient relics.

We can help to arrange accommodation or camping for overnight trips. We provide transportation of you, your canoes and kayaks to your chosen start location and meet you at the end of your trip so you can canoe with the flow. For Route suggestions, campsite information and interactive planning map see the RIVER TRIPS section.

Our River trips include:

Canoe hire prices include all equipment : Transport , buoyancy aids, paddles, dry storage barrels, map, briefing, helmets compulsory for U18’s and all kayakers, optional for adults in open canoes.

Canoe & kayak Hire - How It Works

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Canoe hire

Choose the hire period, type of boat canoe or kayak, Decide on river starting location.
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Safety

A quick safety briefing/ issue of personal safety equipment.
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Transport

We provide transportation to your starting or from your finishing location.
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Experience

The Wye Valley and have fun meandering the river, stopping off along the way.

Our Canoe Hire Prices & Unguided River Trips

Using the tabs below choose from our choice of unguided River Wye trips,  Our river trips suitable for all levels and duration.

Canoe & Kayak hire on the Wye 7 days a week during spring and summer, autumn subject to river conditions

Halfday Trips: 09:00-13:00 or 13:00 – 17:00
Fullday Trips: 09:00-16:00

Canoe & Kayak Hire Price list

Boat Type Half Day Full Day Multi- Day
2 Person Canoe £40 £50+ £55
3 Person Canoe £55 £65 £70+
*4 Person Canoe £65 £70 £75+
*5 Person Canoe £70 £75 £80+
Single Kayak £25 £30 £40+
Double Kayak £40 £50 £55+
*4 & 5 person canoes are suitable for small families only
Transportation costs are included for half & full day hire, Multi day hire incurs additional transport costs +
WHAT BOAT IS BEST FOR ME? View our guide on the different types of Canoes & Kayaks

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Symonds Yat Rapids

Symonds Yat Rapid is graded 2, it is regularly paddled by new paddlers but if you are new to canoeing it is best done under professional guidance, it requires the canoeist to paddle staying in the centre for 100m, the rapids bend right, pushing canoes to the left if not pro-actively paddling right. There is an amount of risk involved as with all adventure activities, canoes can capsize and rapids contain rocks and fast water, a canoe full of water can weigh several tons. We recommend looking at the rapids by a walk along the side first to see clearly what you have to do. You can land at the Royal Lodge steps who also have a nice garden area.
Children U10 can only do the rapids in rafted canoes unless they are in a boat with intermediate to advanced level adults.

It is possible to portage(walk around) the rapids along the footpath on the right hand bank, though it is around a 150 meter walk carrying the canoe and the banks are fairly steep. If you feel you are not happy with your control when you get to the start you should portage the rapids.

INTERNATIONAL RAPID GRADING SYSTEM:

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Class I

Easy, Waves small, passages clear, no serious obstacles
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Class II

Moderate, Rapids of moderate difficulty with passages clear
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Class III

Difficult, Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow.
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Class IV

Very Difficult, Long rapids; waves high, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; powerful and precise maneuvering required. Demands expert boatman and excellent boat and good quality equipment.
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Class V

Easy, Waves small, passages clear, no serious obstacles
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Class V

Un-runnable, Risk of death greater than chance of success.

MONMOUTH TO WHITEBROOK – 1/2 DAY HIRE

A beautiful trip with a gentle flow, this is our easiest trip and suitable for everyone, if you haven’t been and are unsure of your ability call us to arrange a lesson, after a route briefing and safety brief you’ll have a couple of hours paddle down to the meeting point where we will pick you up and bring you back. The beautiful little Boat Inn is half-way at Redbrook where you can stop for a refreshment.

Route: MONMOUTH TO WHITEBROOK

Distance: 5 miles

Duration: 1/2 Day

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HUNTSHAM TO MONMOUTH – 1/2 DAY

A great trip, this is our most popular trip and suitable for people who can control a boat well, call us if you are unsure, more challenging than Monmouth to Whitebrook, after a route briefing and safety brief we drive to the start point at Huntsham Bridge, then help you launch, after around 45 minutes you’re into Symonds Yat, you can stop for lunch at Ye Olde Ferrie Inne or at The Royal Lodge, then continue through the famous Symonds Yat Rapids to Monmouth.

Route: HUNTSHAM TO MONMOUTH

Distance: 7 miles

Duration: 1/2 Day

KERNE BRIDGE TO MONMOUTH – FULL DAY HIRE

The classic Wye Tour full day trip, this is the trip made famous by Wordsworth and Gilpin, where tourism was born in England and Wales. You pass outstanding scenery all day long, Coldwell rocks and the river after Symonds Yat rapids are the most outstanding, not to be missed, pubs are located in Symonds Yat for your lunch or you can take your own, run the rapids and float through the forest of Dean by the Biblins and Severn Sisters Rocks to Monmouth. If this is your first time and you are unsure of your ability we advise calling us to arrange a quick lesson and enquire about the Monmouth to Whitebrook half-day trip or book a guide.

Route: KERNE BRIDGE TO MONMOUTH

Distance: 14.5 miles

Duration: Full Day

River Trips Equipment provided: Transport, Buoyancy aids, Helmets, Dry storage barrels, Paddles

ROSS-ON-WYE TO MONMOUTH – 2 DAY HIRE

The classic Wye 2 day trip, you canoe past excellent scenery, Symonds Yat Rock and rapids and finish in Monmouth. Camping recommended at Welsh Bicknor YHA or Symonds Yat. See our map in ‘River Trips’ for campsite details, advance bookings required.

Route: ROSS-ON-WYE TO MONMOUTH

Distance: 20 Miles

Duration: Two Days

River Trips Equipment provided: Transport, Buoyancy aids, Helmets, Dry storage barrels, Paddles

HOARWITHY TO MONMOUTH – 2 DAY HIRE

This is a full 2 day trip, it requires an early start or we can drop you off the night before to camp at Tresseck Farm. You canoe past excellent scenery, through Ross-on-Wye, Symonds Yat Rock and rapids and finish in Monmouth. Camping recommended at Ross-on-Wye or Welsh Bicknor YHA. See our map in ‘River Trips’ for campsite details, advance bookings required. Trip price includes transport – EXCEPT: min. charge of £20 for 2people extra amount charged on day + There is a launching fee payable at Hoarwithy of £2/canoekayak.

Route: HOARWITHY TO MONMOUTH - 2 DAY HIRE

Distance: 30 Miles

Duration: Two Days

River Trips Equipment provided: Transport, Buoyancy aids, Helmets, Dry storage barrels, Paddles

Recommended Routes

Route: Kerne Bridge To Monmouth River trip
Duration:  Full Day Canoe, Kayak  River Trip
Distance: 14.5 Miles
Lunch: Symonds Yat pub
Rapids: Symonds Yat rapids ( Grade 2 rapids)
Transportation:Transport to Kerne Bridge, Canoe or Kayak back to Monmouth

Route: Huntsham To Monmouth River Trip
Duration: 1/2 Day River trip
Distance: Day 7 miles
Lunch: Ye Olde Ferrie Inne or at The Royal Lodge
Rapids: Grade 2 Symonds Yat rapids
Transportation:Transport to Huntsham bridge, Canoe, Kayak back to Monmouth

Route: Monmouth to Whitebrook  (1/2 day) River Trip
Duration: 1/2 Day Canoeing or kayaking
Distance: 5 miles
Refreshments: Boat Inn @ Redbrook
Rapids:  n/a
Transportation: Canoe, Kayak from Monmouth, Return Transport From Whitebrook

Route: Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth
Duration: 2 Full Days
Distance: 20 Miles total – Day 1: 9 miles, Day 2: 11 Miles
Camping: Camping recommended at Welsh Bicknor YHA or Symonds Yat
Lunch: Symonds Yat Pubs
Rapids: Grade 2 Symonds Yat rapids
Transportation:Transport from Monmouth to Ross-On-Wye, Canoe, Kayak back to Monmouth