Wye valley expedition



The Wye River valley is bursting with life and vitality, and is popular for canoeing. 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 a mini 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!). There is plenty of birdlife and an abundant flora of mature broadleaf trees. Camping on river beaches and banks along the way, the pace is relaxed, and there is plenty of time to  swim, play, and rest... This is a great trip for all ages and abilities - families, singles, couples... everyone seems to love this trip. It's fun and challenging, exciting and relaxing all at the same time.


  • Meeting point: Wyeford Road car park, Hay-on-Wye, HR35BJ
  • Finish point: Variable but often Hereford rowing club.
  • Timings: meet 1st day 12 midday - finish 3rd day 4pm approx.
  • Price: Adults £295, Child (under 16) £185
  • What's included? Canoe, Canoe paddle, life vest, dry bag (to store your kit), qualified friendly river guide, camping fees, food (not snack food), transport back to your vehicles at the end of the trip.
  • About the food: We all love good food, especially after a day canoeing down river! Customers from previous trips have often commented that the food provided exceeded their expectations. We hope that you will feel the same way! Meals are included from lunch on day one to lunch on day 3. Breakfast is cereals, fruit, eggs and bacon, Lunch is a buffet style, make your own sandwich affair and other bits and pieces, dinner is cooked on the campfire. Anyone is invited to help with the camfire cooking but only if they like - no expectations. 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
  • A note about weather: Trips are occassionally cancelled due to adverse weather (heavy persistant rain and/or strong winds). We aim to give you at least 24 hours notice if we have to cancel your booking due to foul weather. In this situation you will be offered an alternative date or refund.
  • 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
  • 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!