Canoes, kayaks, hire, guiding and coaching.

Afon Gwy - The River Wye

100 miles of canoe touring, mostly on grade I water, with some short sections of grade II.

Touring on the Wye offers spectacular scenery along with a number of places of interest en route. Backwaters hires canoes and kayaks for day or extended trips between Y Glas ar Wy - Glasbury and Mynwy - Monmouth.

Suitably experienced canoeists or kayakers may finish below Mynwy - Monmouth by prior arrangement.

O.S. Maps covering the River Wye: 1:50,000

Glasbury to Hay on Wye. Sheet 161

Hay on Wye to Bredwardine. Sheet 148/149 (final 1km to Bredwardine is on sheet 149).

Bredwardine to Hoarwithy. Sheet 149

Hoarwithy to Chepstow Sheet 162 (except bend around Foy which is on sheet 149)


For unaccompanied hire on trips along the River Wye between Glasbury and Monmouth, paddlers should be able to:

  • Lift, carry, launch and land the canoe/kayak safely. This may involve getting up and/or down steep muddy banks;
  • Paddle a straight course, keeping forward momentum;
  • Change course safely while the boat is moving;
  • Move the canoe or kayak sideways;
  • Stop the canoe or kayak within a short distance without losing direction.
  • Recognise rapids or weirs from a safe distance;
  • Recognise submerged rocks, strainers and tree hazards;
  • Assess rapids and hazards, to make in informed choice whether to paddle or portage;
  • Recogise a safe eddy;
  • Break out of the current;
  • Hold position in the flow and ferry-glide into an eddy;
  • Break into the current;
  • Get into/out of the canoe/kayak safely in deep and shallow fast-flowing water;
  • Move canoes past hazards by safely using lines;
  • Understand the dangers of an unintentional 'swim', and trying to wade, in fast water;
  • Swim safely to the shore;
  • Empty a swamped canoe or kayak using safe handling techniques;
  • Climb back into the canoe from deep water in the event of a capsize, and help others to do so.

The route planner below may help you plan your itinerary. It is recommended that you check with the camp site owners before setting off on your trip. Unless you are an experienced canoeist, we recommend that you do not attempt more than 10 - 15 miles per day.  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.

Distance from Y Glas ar Wy - Glasbury on Wye

Points of interest 

Facilities / accommodation etc.

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Drop-off point, short-stay parking, WC

Harp Inn, cafe and shop across bridge.

3.5 miles

Y Gelli - Hay on Wye

River level at Hay

Border town famous for its bookshops.

Pubs, restaurants, shops.

Pick-up / Drop-off point

7.25 miles

Whitney Toll Bridge

Pick-up / Drop-off point

Camping/breakfast/WC + Tap. Mrs Davies 01497 820780

7.75 miles

Whitney Boat Inn


Boat Inn tel. 01497 831223, downstream of tollbridge. Food. Landing for patrons.

The Pound B&B + Camp site with breakfast

Tel. 01497 831391

Shop nearby.

9 miles

Locksters Pool

Camping NO facilities except tap.

Mr S Mason tel 01497 831373

13 miles

Turners Boat

Camping (NO facilities). All year by prior arr.

Mr D. Price. The Weston, Bredwardine. Tel 01981 500396

16.5 miles

B&B Brobury House (at Bridge) 01981 500229

B&B The Red Lion Inn (1 mile from riverside).

19.5 miles


Byecross Farm Camp site.

All year. Sharon & Tony Fenn Tel 01981 500284. WC/shower. Camp fires allowed.

Pub within a mile of campsite (on foot).

20.75 miles


Camp site. Mr J. Price, New Court Farm. Tel 01981 500349. Pub nearby

30.75 miles


(informal) by arrangement with Hereford Rowing Club Tel 01432 273915.

Historic City. Hotels/B&B shops etc. Cathedral.

NB - rowing crews may be racing or training on this section.

Larger craft may be encountered on the river from this point

39.05 miles

Holme Lacy Bridge

Camp site. (Showers/shop etc). Easter to October. Tel 01432 870213

48 miles



Tresseck camp site. Easter-October. Tel 01432 840235.

Mr Jenkins' camp site downstream river left.

The New Harp Inn.

Take out by the Tresseck campsite right behind the pub! Tel. 01432 840900 or visit website


Aspen House - guesthouse B&B 01432 840 353

The Old Mill - guesthouse B&B & self catering cottage 01432 840602

58 miles

Ross Rowing Club

Camping by arrangement with the club.

NB - rowing crews may be racing or training on this section.



River Side House 07788643459

Bridge House Restaurant. B&B. Landing outside (access by footpath to Bridge House). Tel 01989 562655 Bridge House web site

Historic Town. Hotels/B&B Pubs. W.C. TIC. shops etc.

64.5 miles

Kerne Bridge

W.C. Pub

66.5 miles

Lower Lydbrook

W.C Pub

67 miles

Welsh Bicknor

Camp site/Youth Hostel.

March to October.

Tel 01594 860300

72-73 miles

Symonds Yat


Landing (fee) to visit facilities.

W.C. Pubs, Hotels, Tea Shop, B&B's.

79 miles

Mynwy - Monmouth

River level at Monmouth

Historic Town. Pubs, Hotels, B&B's. TIC

Confluence of river Monnow.  Monnow Bridge Camp Site. 01600 714004.

NB - rowing crews may be racing or training on this section.

Pick-up point upstream of bridge.

We do not normally hire below Monmouth.

81 miles


Shop, Inn

84.5 miles

Bigsweir Bridge

Beyond here the river is tidal, and not recommended for inexperienced canoeists.

85.5 miles


Shops, Inn

91.5 miles

Brockweir Bridge

Landing difficult.

Shop. Pub

Camp site (not beside water) Mr & Mrs Ward, Oak Cottage, St Briavels. Tel 01594 530440

90.5 miles


There is currently NO landing here.

Abbey ruins, shops, hotels, pubs.

97 miles

Cas Gwent - Chepstow

Historic Town. Castle. B&B's Hotels.

Car park (fee) Pubs. Shops

Camp site 2 miles from river: Mrs M. Cracknell, Beeches Farm, Tel 01291 689257