Top 12 Canoe & Paddleboard Experiences for Spring & Summer

Come to the canoeing county

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paddle-boarding through hereford city
12th April, 2022

Whether you’re after a high energy thrills or gentle journeys in a sublime setting, Herefordshire has got you covered. Pick from city paddles, guided tours, canoe and  glamping breaks through to ambitious multi-day challenges.

Our expert canoe companies will kit you out with the necessary gear, providing training and transfers so you can easily experience the beauty of the River Wye first-hand. 

Read more about the practicalities of canoeing trips here.

 

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Stand up paddleboarding on the river wye
Paddleboarding through Hereford

1. City paddles

New for 2022! Hereford sits on a loop of the River Wye and visitors can now take to the water from Hereford Rowing Club with which lies in the heart of the city.  Try a two-hour paddle-about to explore the river by canoe or test your skills on a Stand Up Paddleboard. Travel upstream into the countryside beyond or head down river to take in views of Hereford's  rose-tinted cathedral and the ancient Old Bridge. Perfect for first-timers and families with children aged 6+, there is also  the option to camp overnight at the club. The canoe hire is run by Hereford Kayak Canoe Hire which also offers trips from Byecross campsite.  

2. Dawn chorus delights

Another new trip for this season. Catch the dawn chorus on an early morning guided river safari. This peaceful paddle with Hereford Canoe Hire sets off from Tresseck campsite in Hoarwithy and is an ideal way to connect with nature at this beautifully tranquil time of day. Your efforts will be rewarded with a hearty breakfast. Mornings simply don't get better than this.

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View of Victoria bridge from a paddleboard
Hereford
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Woman sits on paddleboard doing yoga
Paddleboarding Adventures

3. Paddleboarding for yogis

Grab the girls to give paddleboard yoga a go. The team at Paddleboarding Adventures will teach you the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding and ensure you feel safe on your board before setting down anchor for a fun, challenging and peaceful yoga session. Fresh air and birdsong will help you connect with your inner om. 

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family canoeing
Symond's Yat
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The Paddle mobile cafe
The Paddle Cafe

4. Family canoe and camping safari

Book an adventure that will definitely impress the kids, with no Bear Grylls style skills required. This convenient two-day mini expedition with Adventures with Dave includes everything you need, including overnight accommodation in a pre-pitched tent, locally-sourced picnic lunches and dinner, as well as the services of your very own wildlife-spotting safari guide. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too. Dates from April to September. 

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canoeing river wye
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Canoeing on the river Wye
Wye Dean Canoe Hire

5. Summer sunset canoe trip

Take a 9-mile canoe trip, paddling through spectacular scenery as the sun sets! This magical trip is offered on specific Saturdays in July and August by Wye Dean Canoe HireStarting out just below Kerne Bridge, canoe through Bishopswood and Lydbrook and towards Welsh Bicknor, perhaps pausing for a brief look at the amazing little church on the riverbank. Follow the river as it meanders in a large horseshoe underneath the landmark Symonds Yat Rock, finishing your journey at Symonds Yat East.

Canoeing on the river Wye

6. Paddle and munch

Work up an appetite before tucking into fabulous food at Ye Old Ferrie Inn which offers canoe hire for £20 an hour. Take a relaxed paddle around Symonds Yat before diving into the bistro for a well-earned lunch. Chill out on the riverside terrace, sampling local cider, beers and spirits or whisk away younger visitors for a trip to the Wye Valley Butterfly Farm, only 5 minutes up the road by car.

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Labrador sits by canoe
Adventures with Dave
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dog in the river wye

7. Dog-friendly fun

Welcome a four-legged captain aboard your canoe. Most of our providers happily welcome well-behaved dogs on board (please double check in advance) and typically provide a buoyancy aid to keep them safe. Keen swimmers will also enjoy taking a dip in the water. Unbelievably cute.

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Canoeing the river wye view of wye valley
River Wye

8. Wye 100 Paddle Challenge

Not for the faint hearted, Wye Adventures leads this fantastic challenge which takes in 100 miles of the River Wye, starting in Glasbury and passing through Hereford, Hoarwithy and Symonds Yat before going over the border into Wales.  Stay in campsites along the way, refuelling at nearby country pubs in the evening. You'll be accompanied by a qualified guide, which is particularly reassuring at the point where the Wye joins the Severn as the Severn Estuary has the second highest tidal range in the world. Expect idyllic countryside, sore arms and memories to treasure.

9. Canoe and cycle short break

For an action-packed short break, look no further than Wheely Wonderful's combined cycling & canoeing trips. Spend two or three days cycling along water meadows and river valleys, picking up the pace for the occasional steep section, followed by a day's paddle downstream. Bed & breakfast accommodation, along with quality bikes and canoes are all part of the package.

10. Accessible adventures

Canoeing on the Wye is something those with mobility issues can enjoy too. Adventures with Dave is experienced at adapting activities for wheelchair users and can design to trip to suit specific individual needs. 

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Glamping in Herefordshire
White House Glamping
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Interior of contemporary riverside lodge
Whitney Bridge Glamping and Camping

11. Glamp and canoe

The perfect riverside getaway beckons. Stay in a luxury riverside lodge at Whitney Bridge  and wake up to tranquil views of the old railway bridge and historic wooden toll bridge. Opt for a half day paddle to Turner's Boat Island, with the Merbach Hills in the distance. Or try the full day route to Bycross, which travels on past a medieval deer park, the manor house Moccas Court, as well as the sandstone cliffs and beech woodlands of Brobury Scar.

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Symonds yat
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Goodrich Castle
Goodrich Castle

12. Picturesque views and peregrine falcons

Start in Ross-on-Wye and travel downstream through the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Back in 1782, the trend for 'picturesque tourism' was sparked here and the views are just as gorgeous today. Twist and turn along the river to Kerne Bridge and on to Symonds Yat, spotting Goodrich Castle as well as swans, geese, buzzards, herons and ducks as you paddle. If you are lucky you may spot a kingfisher, otter or one of the peregrine falcons which have set up home in the cliffs that run along the skyline. Book this trip with Canoe the Wye.