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Discover your next adventure in the Wye Valley

Embark on your next adventure with our diverse River Wye trips, whether it's a half-day thrill, full-day exploration, or camping under the stars, there is an adventure for everyone.

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Wye Valley Canoes, est. 1968, are specialists in canoe hire and kayak hire on the River Wye. We were one of the first companies to launch boats on the River Wye, and each year we help new generations of paddlers get away from it all for a couple of hours or a couple of days on one of the UK’s most-loved stretches of water.

Based in Glasbury, at the foot of the spectacular Black Mountains, we offer Half Day and Full Day canoe trips as well as tailor-made Multiple Day canoeing expeditions.

Whether you are a complete novice looking for a fun, family day out, or an experienced paddler looking to take on the full 100 miles of the River Wye, our experienced team will get you set up and on the water and pick you up at the other end, so all you have to worry about is who’s in charge of steering the boat.

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Half Day – 5.5 miles

Discover the beauty of the River Wye on our popular half-day canoeing trip. Experience thrilling twists, gentle rapids, and enchanting wildlife as you paddle along. Our journey starts in picturesque village of Glasbury and ends in the renowned town of books, Hay-on-Wye. Prepare for a refreshing adventure that will leave you with lasting memories.

Full Day – 11 miles

Embark on a captivating full-day canoeing adventure along the majestic River Wye. Starting in scenic Glasbury, you’ll navigate through the famous town of books, Hay-on-Wye. Enjoy a delightful lunch break before continuing your journey into the English countryside, concluding at Whitney-on-Wye. Rest and rejuvenate at a charming riverside pub, as we arrange your comfortable return. Immerse yourself in nature, bask in the sun, and let us take care of the rest.

2 Day Trip – 23 miles

Commence on an unforgettable journey along the picturesque River Wye.Day 2 begins in Whitney, immersing you deeper into enchanting Herefordshire countryside, surrounded by lush orchards. Paddle onward to the charming Bredwardine, a perfect summer spot with a tranquil swimming spot, and conclude your voyage in idyllic Preston-on-Wye at Byecross Farm Campsite.

3 Day Trip – 34 miles

On the third day of your adventure, prepare to conquer the 11-mile stretch leading you into the heart of historic Hereford city. It’s important to note that this particular section of the river offers no exit points until you reach the vibrant city itself. The pace of the river slows down, providing you with ample time to savour the picturesque surroundings. At the Rowing Club, our dedicated team will ensure a comfortable return to your starting point in Glasbury.

5-Star Luxury Bunkhouse for Group Stays Near Hay-on-Wye

Wye Valley Bunkhouse

We have an 18 bed luxury bunkhouse, equipped with indoor slide, games room, piano and a large chill out area. The perfect base in the heart of the Wye Valley.
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Canoe Experiences for Schools

No two schools are the same, and neither are their students. That's why we offer a diverse range of canoeing adventures that can be tailored to suit different age groups and abilities.

Safety First

We understand that safety is the foremost concern for schools planning outdoor activities. Rest assured, Wye Valley Canoes is an AALA licensed company, ensuring the highest safety standards. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides are well-equipped with the highest of qualifications to lead students through an enjoyable and secure journey, leaving no room for worries.
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Integrating Outdoor Education with the Curriculum

The Wye Valley offers a treasure trove of educational opportunities that seamlessly integrate with various subjects in your school’s curriculum. Imagine a geography lesson brought to life as students observe the river’s meandering course, learning moments that leave a lasting impact on students and reinforce classroom teachings.

Tailor-Made Experiences

We understand that each school has unique objectives and learning outcomes. That’s why we are open to customising our adventures to suit your specific requirements. Whether it’s aligning the trip with your curriculum or focusing on team-building and leadership skills, we are here to collaborate with your educators and create a bespoke experience for your students.
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At Wye Valley Canoes, we take great pride in being a small, family-run business dedicated to providing exceptional experiences. Our commitment to going the extra mile for our customers shines through in our reviews, where we proudly hold a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. We're thrilled to see that our dedication to service and the beautiful Wye Valley have left our customers with unforgettable memories. We invite you to discover the magic of the river with us and become a part of our ever-growing family of happy adventurers.
Jasmine H
Great time - 10/10 would recommend
Really lovely people and well organised - they kept good communication with us to help coordinate everything and even gave lifts to and from our campsite. Even though the weather was a tad grey, we had a lot of fun and no one capsized! We definitely recommend and would likely choose them again next time around :)
Victoria V
Super friendly and excellent service
Wye valley team so super helpful, kind and professional enabling us to have the best time ever canoeing the Brecon and Monmouth canal as wye river to high. Super friendly service - real value for money and a total pleasure allround. Victoria veats
Johanna G
Great activity for a corporate weekend away
The Wye Valley Canoes are a lovely family run business. We booked a group outing with 50 people for our weekend camping trip with our company. Josh and Ryan were responsive and accommodating in organising the outing, considering the complexities involved with having such a large group. Everyone had a wonderful time in the beautiful surrounds of the Wye and we'd highly recommend the experience to others.
Lisa K
Amazing sights, clear instructions
The views were amazing and Josh the person in charge was super helpful and supporting (especially as I hadn't canooed before properly)! Really recommend anyone wanting to experience some of the best of UK nature :)
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