GUIDE TO THE RIVER WYE
(Hereford to Ross on Wye)
NAME OF RIVER: River Wye.
WHERE IS IT?: Hereford to Ross. Map.PUT-INS/ TAKEOUTS: Hereford SO510395 in park south of river 5 miles to - Camping site at Holme Lacy (ask permission but should be no problem) SO567366 7 miles to - campsite at Hoarwithy (ask permission but should be no problem) SO548290 10 miles to - Ross SO597242 marked on OS Explorer as Canoe Launch.
APPROX LENGTH: Total 22 miles for this stretch.
TIME NEEDED: 1 day Hereford to Hoarwithy, 1 day thence to Ross, but young fit people could do it in one day.
ACCESS HASSLES: Public navigation.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Variable with shallows.
GRADING: I placid in absence of serious rainfall in Welsh mountains.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: We wouldnt want to do it in flood conditions.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: A more open valley and more fields than the classic parts at Symonds Yat, but even more exaggerated meanders. Almost deserted we actually took 3 days over this stretch and saw 2 canoes and one fisherman.
OTHER NOTES: Downstream only, but taxi firms in Ross and Hereford are used to the idea of heading out into deep country, to take you back to pick up the car.
More classic paddling, downstream of Ross.
CONTRIBUTED BY: David Wilson.
But then I fancied something longer and more adventurous, so I read up on the Hereford to Ross route. I read that the 22 miles could be done in a day for those "young and fit"...so therefore I had to prove I was still in this category! I parked early in a back street in Ross then put my inflatable kayak on my back and walked to the bus station. The bus to Hereford actually went over the river prior to getting off, so it was easy for me to spot the convenient rowing club steps (not sure if I was allowed to use their entry, but if not I would have walked across the bridge and gone from the park). It took me a total of 10 hours but that included lunch & snack stops and more refreshing swims than I could count. So peaceful...I was the only one using the river! Gentle going, but had to get out a few times to push when grounded. Easy to get out at Ross (large area beside rowing club) then a short walk up the hill back to my car. What an amazing day!
I did a solo trip down the Wye recently. The service to use if you're planning a trip anywhere on the Wye below Glasbury now is KENNY'S TAXIS. He picked me and the boat up in Monmouth, took me to Ross and helped get the boat and the kit down to the launch point, all for £25. The equivalent (non-boat transfer) taxi would have cost £20, but it would have taken much longer to get on the water and I wouldn't have got the help moving the boat. Kenny also transports road and mountain bike - he's an avid cyclist and easily the happiest and most helpful person I've met in ages! His number is 07828 882432; Email