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Afon Gwy


River Wye

Afon Gwy - The River Wye offers 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. Experienced canoeists or kayakers may finish below Mynwy - Monmouth by prior arrangement. The route planner below may help you plan your itinerary. All distances are given by river from Y Glas ar Wy - Glasbury, and you will find current river-level information and weather forecasts for key points. 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.

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)

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.

Guidance on the experience needed to hire canoes and kayaks on the River Wye

Route Planner for Afon Gwy - River Wye


  Canoe and Kayak touring is a peaceful and environmentally sustainable way to enjoy a day on the water with a waterside picnic, watch wildlife or spend a holiday exploring an area 'off the beaten track' moving between campsites or B&B's. And it's FUN!

Backwaters hire open canoes, open cockpit kayaks and, for the more experienced, closed-cockpit kayaks on a number of waterways in South Wales and the Borderland. Backwaters welcomes canoeists who want responsibly to enjoy the waterways and countryside, respecting other users and wildlife.

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.



is associated with

Mountain & Water: Wales-wide Adventure Ltd.

For guided tours, activity holidays and courses.

Distances given are from the highest point from which we set-off canoes, by river.
Afon Gwy - River Wye

Route Planner

Facilities / accommodation etc.

Y Glas ar Wy

Glasbury on Wye

Drop-off point.

River Level at Y Glas ar Wy / Glasbury


Aberllynfi B&B - beside the river - 01497 847107

Harp Inn Riverside pub with B&B, 01497 847373.

Y Gelli / Hay on Wye.

3.5 miles.

Pick-up / Drop-off point.

River Level at Y Gelli / Hay

Pont Y Gelli / Hay Bridge.

Historic Town. Castle. Hotels/B&B/Pubs. TIC. Shops - Hay is noted for its bookshops: the 'second-hand book capital of the world'.

The Start. B&B with river access for canoes and drying facilities.

Camp Site (March to October - no river access): Mr & Mrs Davies. Tel 01497 820780

Whitney Toll Bridge

7.25 miles.

Pick-up / Drop-off point.

(£1 per canoe at Toll Bridge).

Toll Bridge, Whitney on Wye

Whitney Toll Bridge Camping

River left, upstream of bridge.

Breakfast / BBQ's catered.

WC + Tap. Tel. Maggie - 01497 831669


Tea Garden

River right downstream of bridge.

Whitney Boat Inn

7.75 miles.


Boat Inn, Whitney on Wye

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

The Pound B&B + Camp site with breakfast Tel. 01497 831391

Shop nearby.



Locksters Pool.

9 miles.

Camping (no facilities except tap) Mrs S. Mason. Tel 01497 831373

Turners Boat.

13 miles.

Camping (NO facilities). All year by prior arr. Mr D. Price. The Weston, Bredwardine. Tel 01981 500396


16.5 miles.

Launching/landing point. By arr. tel 01981 500229 for permission.

River Level at Bredwardine

Bredwardine Bridge

B&B Brobury House (at Bridge) 01981 500229


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


19.5 miles.

Pick-up / Drop-off point (by permission of camp-site owner).

Byecross Farm Camp site.

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.

Approach to Monnongton Falls, above Preston

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


30.75 miles.

Pick-up / Drop-off point.

River Level at Hereford Bridge

Hereford Cathedral from the river.

Camping (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.

Holme Lacy Bridge

39.05 miles.

Pick-up / Drop-off point for camp-sites users only.

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


48 miles.

Pick-up / Drop-off point (by permission of canp-site owner).

Hoarwithy Camp Site Landing

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

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

B&B :

Aspen House - guesthouse B&B 01432 840 353

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

Ross on Wye

58.75 miles.

River Level at Ross-on-Wye
Met Office 5-day forecast for Ross

River Side House B&B. 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.

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

Kerne Bridge

64.5 miles.

W.C. Pub
Lower Lydbrook.

66.5 miles.

Landing point.

W.C. Pub

Welsh Bicknor

67 miles.

Camp site/Youth Hostel. March to October.

Tel 01594 860300


Symonds Yat

72 - 73 miles.

NB - large trip boats operate on this section.

Symonds Yat Rapids

Landing (fee) to visit facilities.

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


Mynwy / Monmouth

79 miles.

Pick-up / Drop-off point.


River Level at Mynwy / Monmouth

Approach to Mynwy / Monmouth

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

Monnow Bridge Camp Site. 01600 714004.


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

We do not normally hire below Monmouth.


84 miles.

Shop, Inn.
Bigsweir Bridge

91.5 miles.

Beyond here the river is tidal, and not recommended for inexperienced canoeists. We do not normally hire below Monmouth.


88.5 miles.

Shops, Inn.
Brockweir Bridge

91.5 miles.

Landing difficult.

Shop. Pub

Camp site Mr & Mrs Ward, Oak Cottage, St Briavels. Tel 01594 530440


91.5 miles.

There is currently NO landing here.

Abbey ruins, shops, hotels, pubs.

Cas Gwent / Chepstow

97 miles.

Landing point.

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

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Last updated 04 July 2016