The best places to canoe in and around Ross-on-Wye

Canoeing is one of the many river-based activities every visitor to Ross-on-Wye should try. There is after all nothing sweeter and more satisfying than messing about on the river, with the fun you’ll have and the sights you’ll see even better from a canoe.

Canoeing isn’t just a great way to explore a destination in a very different way. Thanks to the many health benefits that go hand-in-hand with this pastime, indulging in a spot of canoeing can turn a lazy mini-break into a health and wellness boosting adventure as Paddling Magazine details:

“Canoeing can be a great workout, but compared to sports like running and skiing, impact on the joints is low. If you have sore knees or hips and are slowing down your participation in high-impact activities, canoeing allows you to maintain fitness and enjoy being outside while still being easy on the joints. Canoeing can also be combined with other low-impact exercises on the same trip, like trail walking, yoga and swimming at the campsite.”

Whether you’re an experienced canoeist who’s up for a challenge or a first-timer looking to see the sights and reap the health rewards, the River Wye provides so many fantastic routes and journeys to take on. Here are just a few of our favourites…

Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat

The beautiful Kerne Bridge is a popular hotspot for walkers, but why explore on foot when you can take in the sights by canoe?

Based just 3.5 miles away from Ross-on-Wye, the journey from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat is a route made to be taken at a leisurely pace yet takes just half a day to complete. It’s perfect for those new to canoeing and also provides a perfect introduction to the Wye.

You’ll get to enjoy some spectacular scenes along the way, including the most stunning sections of the River Wye, rolling countryside, amazing wildlife and inspiring scenery.

Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat

Canoeists looking to spend the whole day on the river will love the Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat route. You’ll journey 13 miles on this very scenic route and capture a unique view of this incredible part of the region.

Witness the area’s history from the water by enjoying views of Goodrich Castle, slip under the iconic Kerne Bridge, and sample island life with a stop off at Lower Lydbrook.

Hoarwithy to Symonds Yat

This epic 2-day trip along the River Wye is extra special. Along its 24 miles of waterways, you’ll experience the best of the area with its journey through How Caple’s Salmon Pools, under the Foy suspension bridge, and finally beneath the 120-metre-high limestone Yat Rock not to be missed.

Holme Lacy to Symonds Yat

If you’re looking to dedicate more of your Ross-on-Wye break to canoeing, try the 32 ¾ miles Holme Lacy to Symonds Yat trip.

This route takes over 3 days to complete, but it’s a peaceful and popular multi-day experience for those new to canoeing and more experienced paddlers.

With its delightful setting right on the River Wye, The Hope & Anchor is the perfect place to eat, drink and stay during your canoeing adventure in Ross-on-Wye. Book a table or reserve a room today and enjoy the River Wye in all its glory.

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The Hope & Anchor Team

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