Guide to Canoeing The River Wye

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  Ross On Wye To Redbrook  
  Miles from Glasbury Miles from last point  
61.75 3 Ross-on-Wye (LP SH PH WC i)
NGR SO 596244

See separate plan Long curve on river from motorway bridge to Wilton Bridge. The market town of Ross sits attractively on a rise above the river, with a backdrop of wooded hills. Interesting features to visit include the market house, plague cross and museums. Landing on left bank below the Hope and Anchor pub. Steps, no permission required. Car parking nearby. Please do not land or launch at Wilton Bridge.

62.25 0.5 Wilton Bridge
NGR SO 590243

13th Century castle on right before bridge, not open to the public. Use middle arch of the stone bridge and channel to the right of the island.

66.75 4.5 Goodrich Castle
NGR SO 577199

Impressive Norman fortification set against the skyline on the right, managed by English Heritage and open daily throughout the year.

67.5 0.75 Kerne Bridge (LP PH WC)
NGR SO 581192

Gravel bank approximately 50m downstream of bridge. Land here to inspect the fast water for obstructions and fallen trees. Picnic site and car park. Landing on left bank 800m below road bridge. Steps at end of picnic site. No permission required but contributions requested in honesty box. Goodrich village 800m to the right. Please do not land/launch at the bridge.

69.5 2 Lower Lydbrook (LP PH)
NGR SO 596170

Inn on left bank above rapids. Keep to the left of the island down Lydbrook shallows. Mooring on left bank at the steps to the picnic site and car park. Prior permission to moor is required from landowner, small charge maybe requested. Launching and removal of canoes is no longer permitted here except for local residents.

70 0.5 Welsh Bicknor (CS)
NGR SO 591177

Church and youth hostel on right bank followed by a railway bridge, now used as a footbridge. This is an important fishing stretch. Please observe the red and green discs fixed to the trees and paddle on the green side of the river. Please pass through quietly and do not linger.

72 2 Symonds Yat Rock
NGR SO 551172

Start of the long loop in river. The 500ft high limestone bluff of Symonds Yat Rock is visible on the left.

75.5 3.5 Symonds Yat West (LP CS PH)
NGR SO 557164

Small passenger carrying pleasure boats and a 'rope and cable' ferry for crossing the river are based here. Landing at Ye Olde Ferrie Inne on the right bank. Permission required from the Inn (Tel. 01600 890232).

76 0.5 Symonds Yat East (LP CS PH)
NGR SO 562159

Grade 2 rapids below the Yat can be inspected from the old railway track. Large waves in the lower parts and congestion possible. Landing and launching from the steps on the left bank at the Wyedean Canoe Centre (Tel. 01594 833238). Car parking available. Fee payable. A waymarked footpath can be followed from here up to Yat Rock.

77.5 1.5 Biblins (CS)
NGR SO 549145

Narrow suspension bridge across river. Waymarked footpath route to King Arthur's Cave and Seven Sisters Rocks.

79.25 1.75 Hadnock Island
NGR SO 538155

Pass either side of island. Left side usually less weedy.

82 2.75 Monmouth (LP CS WC SH PH I)
NGR SO 512128

See separate plan River runs alongside main road with the attractive town to right with a ruined castle, market, Nelson Museum and the Naval Temple on Kymin Hill. Monmouth derives its name from the Monnow river which is bridged by a unique 14th century fortified gate house. Landing at steps on right immediately downstream of rowing club by car park. No permission required.

82.5 0.5 Junction of River Monnow
NGR SO 512122

River Monnow joins the Wye from the right. Beware of underwater obstructions resulting from the demolition of the two railway bridges. Rocky shallows in this area.

84 1.5 Redbrook (SH PH)
NGR SO 536100

Village with shops on left and inn on right. Large boulders in river above disused railway bridge now used as a footbridge. It was at Redbrook that the last recorded act of piracy took place on the River Wye when men came down from the Forest of Dean and captured two barges. There is no record of their arrest.