Wye valley expedition

The Wye River valley is bursting with life and vitality, its beauty unspoiled and waters clean and clear. Three days meandering gently downstream gives you the opportunity to sink into the exquisite scenery and rhythm of the river. The River Wye and surrounding area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest  and as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This trip has a real expedition feel to it, and you will come away feeling like you have had an adventure. We begin at Hay-on-Wye, just north of the Black Mountains, where we'll meet and load the canoes with everything we need for our journey on the river. We travel several miles each day through changing scenery; flat stretches interspersed with  small rapids (nothing too scarey!). Camping on river beaches and banks along the way, the pace is relaxed, and there is plenty of time to  swim, play, and rest...


Meeting point: Wyeford Road car park, Hay-on-Wye, HR35BJ

Finish point: Variable but often Hereford rowing club.

Timings: meet 1st day 12am - finish 3rd day 4pm ish

What to wear/bring: When canoeing you'll want to be wearing right gear for the weather conditions: Dress up extra warm and wear thermals if it's going to be colder, bring a rain coat if it might be wet, wear loose cotton for hot weather. Loose fitting clothes are much more comfortable for canoeing than tight fitting. For your feet old trainers or crocs are good. Don't wear flip flops or wellies. You will be provided with a 60 litre watertight plastic barrel or a 'drybag' in which to put all your gear. Even if you fall in the river (which is highly unlikely) all your gear will stay dry! 

Here's the list of what to bring:

  • a tent (smallish, lightweight is best)
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping matt
  • small compact lightwieght camping stool/chair or similar to sit on around the fire in the evening
  • Change of footwear for evening.
  • Swim suit,
  • Sun hat, sun block.
  • Warm hat for the evening.
  • Toiletries, loo roll, & Towel .
  • Plastic or metal Plate/bowl, mug, cutlery(label them so you know they’re yours).
  • Torch.
  • Insect Repellent (not many bugs on the Wye).
  • Water bottle.
  • Personal snack food

About the food: Meals are included from lunch on day one to lunch on day 3. Breakfast is cereals, fruit, eggs; Lunch is a buffet style, make your own sandwich affair; dinner is cooked on the campfire and is always very yummy! Anyone is invited to help with the cooking if they like. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements by indicating so when you complete the booking form - We will do our best to accomadate you.Please note that snack food or alcoholic drinks are not included so BYO (please see FAQ for guidelines re. alcohol)

WEIGHT LIMIT: Sorry but our canoes are not suitable for people who weigh in excess of 18 stone (114 kg) as they may tip over!

Price: Adults £295, Child (under 16) £175

What's included? Canoe, Canoe paddle, life vest, dry bag (to store your kit), qualified river guide, camping fees, food (not snack food), transport back to your vehicles at the end of the trip.