Canoe Days Out

Herefordshire - River Wye - Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye

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How to get there - From Ross-on-Wye, A49 towards Hereford and second right after bypass.

Get a map with driving directions to start or end (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Go right in Hoarwithy, over the bridge, and first right which swings back towards the river. Roadside parking and carry across field. River bank is not too steep.

Alternatively from Tresseck Camp Site (behind the New Harp Inn) in Hoarwithy.

For those with SatNav the postcode is HR2 6QH.

General Description - One of a sequence of trips which we did down the River Wye. If you wanted to, you could combine two or more sections to make a longer day out. There is a fairly strong current in places, nothing dramatic, but take these as one-way trips. Above Hereford there are a few more difficult areas. Fot full details, get a copy of 'Canoeist's Guide to the River Wye', £14.50 from the Environment Agency. Keep an eye out for storms in the Welsh mountains which can raise the river level rapidly.

Public navigation, but be considerate to fishermen - keep to side of river with green markers.

This section about 10 miles, to the centre of Ross-on-Wye. Recovery is at the steps on left bank below Hope & Anchor pub in Ross-on-Wye. Two cars needed or ring for taxi to get back.

Real meanders here, with low hills on either side. At one point the river does 4 miles for half a mile as the crow flies.

Comments on this trip

Martin Aspinall
21 Jun 2021
Tresseck Campsite is well geared up for day trippers now. Reasonable charges for the easiest of parking and launching (3), proper launching area with steps and a boat slide. Toilets, refreshments. Completely welcoming and absolutely no messing about. And the start of a great paddle! Just mind the overhanging trees over a rapidish area of water at HoleintheWall at about 8 miles in.

Richard Ham
07 Sep 2014
Btw, Tresseck campsite is highly recommended for camping the night before your trip. It's inexpensive and open fires are allowed. When the owners come around in the evening, you can also buy firewood and kindling which they have in the car. If nobody comes (out of season) then please use the Honesty box provided at the put in.

Richard Ham
07 Sep 2014
Have done this stretch many times. If you are on a 2 or more day trip, camping is available at the White Lion in Ross and is on the bank of the river. Just continue down river past the Hope Anchor and it's 200 yds on the right, just as you pass under the road bridge. You need to book in advance but the pub has showers, good food and good beer! After a great night, head down river to Symmonds Yat.


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