Canoeing on the River Wye Herefordshire

Herefordshire’s River Wye flows for around 135 miles and is the fifth longest in the UK. The Wye Valley is one of the county’s areas of outstanding natural beauty and a great place to unwind. To see part of this outstanding corner of rural England, why not spend a quiet day with Hereford Canoe Hire.

Canoes on the River Wye

They pride themselves on safety and their pitch is on one of the river’s more peaceful parts. Hire a canoe for a few hours or a full five days, the choice is yours. Whichever you prefer, there’s some glorious scenery and gentle paddling to enjoy, along with a lunchtime break at one of many country pubs. If you’re a newcomer to this historic county, no need to worry, Hereford Canoe Hire will make sure you know your way around before you set off.

The cathedral city of Hereford is around 31 miles from Ross-on-Wye by river and is ideal for a few days’ self-paced paddling. There’s plenty of quiet countryside and places of interest along the route, one of which is Hampton Bishop. The Bunch of Carrots, the local village pub – allegedly named after an unusual rock formation near the river – and 12th century half-timbered parish church are great places to spend an afternoon.

Hereford Canoe Hire offers a variety of hires depending on your preferences. Their taster session near Lucksall is an ideal way to find your feet. Lucksall is on a far quieter and slower part of the Wye so you literally won’t feel out of your depth. Once you’ve grasped the basics, there are half- and full-day excursions to enjoy. With prices from £25 for a two-hour paddle, the value is superb.

For those keen to savour nights under canvas, Lucksall has a camping and caravan park right next to the river. Bordered by woodland and family run, it’s in a spacious location with on site laundry room, cafe and shop, and is close to all local amenities. For more information, call 01432-870213.

The small village of Fownhope is perfect for a short break. The Green Man – dating back to the 16th century and now fully refurbished – offers all the comforts of home for its guests, while still retaining its historic charms. Its striking white facade with black beams, leather seats and woodburning fireplaces are a welcome sight after a day on the river. For full details and bookings call 01432-860243.

If you’re seeking an escape route from the office, Hereford Canoe Hire also offers corporate team building events. These range from a few hours to several days and the prices include transport, safety equipment and canoe hire. What better way could there be to build stronger communication and team skills in such idyllic surroundings. For full details of this and all other offers, call 01432-873020.

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