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Canoe and Kayak Hire

Some guidelines you can use to help you choose what to wear and pack for your trip:

 

Prepare for the best and worst weather. Whatever the season, you could have either or both!

 

CLOTHING

IF YOU HAVE thermal underwear, use it. Avoid wearing cotton next to the skin as it creates a cooling effect when wet. TO STAY WARM wear several thin layers of clothing rather than one thick layer.

DURING SUNNY WEATHER a light, long sleeve top will help prevent sunburn. Bring a sun-hat.

AVOID WEARING DENIM jeans. They lack any insulating properties and are particularly unpleasant to wear when wet. Tracksuits or leggings are fine.

RAIN OR SHINE: Bring waterproof trousers and jacket. Even if it is not raining they help keep a chilly wind at bay.

IT JUST MIGHT BE A SCORCHING DAY: Bring your sun glasses, sunhat, shorts and sunscreen.

YOU NEVER KNOW: Bring a spare pullover, woolly hat and gloves.

 

FOOTWEAR - ALWAYS use protective footwear on the river &endash; it is better to have wet shoes than cut your feet on sharp stones, broken glass or discarded fish hooks.

Trainers, sandals, wet suit boots and jelly shoes are all suitable. Neoprene socks under jelly shoes will keep you warmer. BRING WARM SOCKS IF CAMPING.

 

JUST IN CASE: Remember to bring a complete change of clothing, including shoes, and a towel.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANOEISTS

Rivers change constantly and may rise rapidly in wet weather. Where rapids or weirs are marked, these are the particularly significant ones. There may be numerous small rapids, weirs and other hazards along the route; you are advised to be sure of your ability before hiring canoes and/or kayaks, and to proceed on the river with due caution. Much of the river is remote and hire is completely unsupervised. You are responsible for your own safety on the river. If you are unsure of your ability, a River Awareness Day may be of interest to you. Other, larger, craft will be operating on some sections along the waterways. Canoeists should be aware of the Waterways Code. Current River Levels for key points along the waterways are available from the route planner web pages. Please see the route planner for the waterway you are thinking of travelling. Click here for a Met Office 5-day forecast for your holiday area.

 

 

 

 

 From a peaceful day on the river with a waterside picnic, to a weekend or holiday exporing an area 'off the beaten track' moving between campsites or B&B's; canoe or kayak touring offers a peaceful and environmentally-friendly way to travel.  

We welcome responsible canoeists will enjoy the waterways and countryside, leaving it as they found it; treating wildlife and other river users with respect.

If you are not sure about your ability for unaccompanied canoe hire see our Guidance for Canoe Hire page. We offer Guided Tours and a 'River Awareness' Day. We can also arrange skills training courses at various levels from beginner to open and white-water.

 

NB - the information on this page has been collected to aid our clients in planning a tour on the Wye. Information has been drawn from the operators and from various published sources. We cannot accept responsibility for any errors and omissions, and recommend that you check details in advance. Note that many of the campsites are very basic, and some need advance booking.

 

Backwaters

is associated with

Mountain & Water: Wales-wide Adventure Ltd.

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Last updated 13 January 2013