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River Wye Trip

Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:15 pm
by Duz79
Hello everyone,

Anybody paddled the River Wye recently (last 2 years?)

If so, can you suggest a good 3 day itinerary for a novice group of fit military paddlers (tandem)?


Much appreciated,

Duz

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:38 pm
by G7AFM
River Wye

Downstream of Glasbury, the River Wye is a popular touring river all the way to its tidal reaches. The Environment Agency publishes a helpful canoeists’ guide with details of the river, amenities and access arrangements. This is due to be reviewed when stocks of the (2011) hard-copy booklet run out.

From Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye there is no confirmed Public Right of Navigation, but launching of canoes is permitted by Powys County Council at Glas-y-Bont common between 10am and 4pm and canoeists should plan their journey so that they are off this stretch of the river no later than 5pm. The Council’s permission is given on the condition that those launching canoes abide by the Code of Conduct published on this sign (which also shows the only ‘approved’ landing sites on-route), while commercial providers must sign up to a formal Code of Conduct. For more information about how to do this or to seek permission for other activities, please contact Powys County Council’s Countryside Services team, during office hours, on 01597 827500 or by email at cefngwlad@powys.gov.uk.

Many birds – including Little Ringed Plover – nest on shingle banks along this stretch of the river and can be very sensitive to disturbance during the breeding season. One particularly important site at the oxbow lake is marked on a map on the sign. Birds may be nesting at any time between the middle of March and mid-August, so it is important not to go onto the large shingle areas at these times.

From Hay-on-Wye to Bigsweir (mostly in England) there is a statutory Public Right of Navigation, managed by the Environment Agency. Downstream of Bigsweir the river is tidal. The Environment Agency states that “below Bigsweir Bridge the Wye can be very dangerous, especially below Tintern. If you wish to canoe this stretch, leave Tintern no later than one hour after high water and travel down without stopping. Inexperienced canoeists are advised to avoid this stretch and should on no account travel below Chepstow, as currents in the Severn Estuary are extremely dangerous.

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:39 pm
by G7AFM

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:17 am
by seanyshortlegs
No access from Glasbury at the moment tganks to NRW

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:15 am
by G7AFM
https://swoapg.com/river-wye-glasbury-h ... sbury-bont

until this is sorted launch at hay on wye instead.

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:10 pm
by Duz79
Thanks all, much appreciated.

Seems the landowners have turned up the greed factor somewhat by all accounts. Good to see the NRW are just as beef as Nature England....

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:43 am
by seanyshortlegs
Of course you could paddle Hereford to Ross on Wye or Symonds Yat. Put on at Hereford Rowing club etc

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Mon May 17, 2021 9:11 am
by twopigs

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Thu May 20, 2021 3:27 pm
by twopigs

Re: River Wye Trip

Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2021 9:04 am
by twopigs
G7AFM wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:15 am
https://swoapg.com/river-wye-glasbury-h ... sbury-bont

until this is sorted launch at hay on wye instead.
I understand that with the closure of Glasbury launch point the traffic has diverted to Hay-on-Wye with understandable reaction from Hay residents!

Extracted from South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group recent daily alert


SWOAPG has received the following message from Hay Town Council. Providers launching at "The Gliss" (the public launch site river-right below Hay bridge) should particularly note their comments that "canoes are only to be launched and recovered at the designated launch site and not anywhere else on the area" and "any company found still not complying with the key principles as outlined below will have permission to launch canoes from the Gliss removed".

From Hay Town Council:

"Dear Canoe Companies/Users

"Hay Town Council met with several canoe companies on 14th June 2021 to discuss ongoing issues regarding canoes/canoe traffic and access at the Gliss car park. At the meeting the canoe companies and HTC agreed several key principles moving forward (please see list below) and the Town Council would like to thank all companies and individuals who have adhered to these new principles. Part of the solution moving forward was suggested putting in wooden bollards and a chain near the official canoe launching ramp and effectively creating an area which only canoe vehicles can access. HTC is working with a local contractor on this scheme and we anticipate the scheme will be installed next Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd August. This will be a trial to see if it helps or hinders canoe companies and local residents. Once the measures have been put in place, HTC will invite representatives from canoe companies to meet at the Gliss so we can work together and see if the measures will work.

"Despite the efforts to improve the situation, HTC has still received a number of complaints regarding canoe traffic since our meeting on 14th June 2021. Some of the complaints relate to where canoes are being launched from. Canoes are only to be launched and recovered at the designated launch site and not anywhere else on the area.

"Hay Town Council is the landowner of the Gliss car park and if any company is found still not complying with the key principles as outlined below will have permission to launch canoes from the Gliss removed. The Town Council is committed to working with you to help manage the situation for everyone’s benefit, and we are hoping that the new wooden stakes/chained off area for canoe traffic only will be a part of the solution.

"If any canoe company would like to contact Hay Town Council regarding this issue, please contact: townclerk@haytowncouncil.gov.uk

"Key Principles agreed with Hay Town Council 14 June 2021

1 Please treat local residents, other users and the site with the respect they deserve (i.e. behave responsibly and sustainably!).
2 Please do not arrive on site before 8.30am (no more dropping-off boats at 6am, please!).
3 Please don’t leave vehicles in the ‘launch area’ (trailers without wheel-clamps are fine, since they can be manoeuvred manually out of the way by other users if necessary – maximum one trailer per Provider, please, but not attached to a vehicle!).
4 Please park as few vehicles as possible on site – take your own vehicles away whenever you can; and ask your clients to park elsewhere (e.g. shuttle them from your own sites or ask them to use the town’s main car park).
5 Providers do not have permission to ‘carry on business’ from the site (i.e. please use it only for drop-off and pick-up, not as a venue from which to operate hire business!).
"Thank you for assistance on this matter."

Some of those 5 Key Principles clearly apply to all of us - not use Commercial Canoe Hire outfits.