The River Wye, which forms the National Park's boundary at Hay-on-Wye, is superb for canoeists, both beginners and experts. Canoes (but not powered boats) are generally permitted from Glasbury-on-Wye downwards, but must not be 'paddled about' to the annoyance of anglers. Access to the water is possible at a few points only, such as the Radnorshire bank just above Glasbury-on-Wye bridge and from Wyeford Road in Hay. There is a good balance of easy and difficult water. The river below Glasbury-on-Wye makes an excellent training ground for persons just getting used to the craft.
The River Wye (Afon Gwy in Welsh) is 251 km long, making it one of the longest rivers in Britain. It's a fantastic place to paddle as there's something for everyone.
The River Wye winds its way from the Welsh Cambrian mountains to join the River Severn at Chepstow, Monmouthshire. For much of its length it cleaves a gentle split between England and Wales. While paddling the Wye, you'll pass Neolithic caves, Iron Age forts and Roman settlements. You will also take in the peaceful pace of modern life in this area.
The Wye is one of the finest lowland landscapes in Britain. Plant and animal life are of international importance. On the river you may see kingfishers, otters and salmon. In the Forest of Dean wild boar and deer roam free. The river is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation.
The guide provides information on seven paddling routes. This includes distance, time, access points, campsites, toilets, points of interest and places to eat. And you can check on PaddlePoints which sections require a licence to paddle.
The Wye is a great place to paddle, but you'll also meet rowers, swimmers, walkers and anglers. Enjoy sharing the space together as you journey through this amazing landscape. Follow the Paddlers Code, share the space and respect the environment.
Download the guide HERE.
The guide was created by British Canoeing, the national governing body for paddlesports in the UK. This includes Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing and Kayaking. We have worked in partnership with the Environment Agency on the guide. It will help the paddler learn more about the River Wye navigation.