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Places to Rent Canoes and Kayak in River Wye

Thousands of people head to the fifth longest river in the UK every year. What are these people looking for, you ask?

They're in the market for a fun outing that features canoeing!

The River Wye is located in the western region of England and the eastern part of Wales. It is one of the most picturesque rivers in the United Kingdom.

It is also a haven for kayakers thanks to its gentle flow, stunning scenery, and abundant wildlife.

The river winds through the rolling hills of Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean. Finally, it passes the Welsh Borders before emptying into the Severn Estuary.

There are countless places to go canoeing in River Wye. But below are the best places you can't afford to overlook!

Hereford Canoe Hire 

Hereford Canoe Hire is an excellent choice for beginners. Or families with young children who want to experience the joys of kayaking.

They offer a variety of boats. Some include single and double kayaks, Canadian canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. You can choose from several routes, ranging from a two-hour paddle to a full-day adventure. It all depends on your skill level and time constraints!

They also offer guided tours, camping equipment rental, and transportation services.

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire

If you are travelling on a budget, Symonds Yat Canoe Hire might be the best spot for you!

The company offers some of the lowest kayak rental costs in the region. Prices start at £20 per person for a half-day trip.

Even though it is one of the most budget-friendly places to canoe, it offers guests a great experience. Symonds Yat Canoe Hire is also one of the most in-demand destinations for canoeing with dogs!

Ross-on-Wye Canoe Hire

Ross-on-Wye Canoe Hire is located in the charming town of Ross-on-Wye. The site also offers a range of boats, including double kayaks, Canadian canoes, and rafts.

They go above and beyond for visitors by giving you waterproof bags for your belongings. Additionally, the company offers a shuttle service to the start and endpoints. You can choose from several paths.

They vary from a two-hour paddle to a two-day trip, depending on your experience and fitness levels. They also offer group discounts, corporate packages, and bespoke tours for special occasions.

Monmouth Canoe & Activity Centre

The Monmouth Canoe & Activity Centre sits along the English and Welsh border. Although you will find the centre in Wales, it is only 2 miles or a 6-minute drive to its neighbour.

It is one of the most popular places for canoeing with friends. While you are here, you can participate in a wide range of activities. Arguably the most popular is kayaking.

If you fancy something more thrilling, you can try raft building. It is a great activity to bond with friends or family. However, expect to fall in every so often!

Wye Valley Canoes

The United Kingdom is home to 15 national parks. Yet Brecon Beacons National Park is possibly the pick of the bunch!

Fortunately, Wye Valley Canoes is the gateway to the vast outdoor setting.

You must take a scenic 4-mile drive west of Hay-on-Wye to find the establishment. Once you arrive, you can feel a sense of adventure. And you can turn your trip into a River Wye vacation since camping facilities are available!

Another reason to choose Wye Valley Canoes is that it has one of the lowest kayak rental costs.

Kerne Bridge Canoe Hire

Kerne Bridge Canoe Hire is a bit of a hidden gem for tourists. It is not as popular as others on this list, but it certainly packs a punch!

This small, family-run business is conveniently located in the heart of The Wye Valley. Because of its central location, you can explore many River Wye sections. Whether you go upstream or downstream, it will be a relaxing day out.

If you are an animal lover, you are in luck. There is a variety of wildlife, including otters, kingfishers, herons, and salmon. The river is also home to a rare species of freshwater pearl mussel, one of the most endangered animals in the UK. 

Canoeing with friends up the river lets you see the animals in their natural habitat.

Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre

Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre is a sought-after outdoor centre in Symonds Yat West.

In addition to offering canoe rentals, the centre also provides many other activities. You can take part in rock climbing, abseiling, paddleboarding, and mountain biking here.

The centre has qualified staff who give expert guidance for a safe and enjoyable trip. It also offers corporate and team-building events.

Where to Stay on a River Wye Vacation

With so many people visiting the area, it is no surprise there are plenty of places to stay in all the River Wye sections. However, exploring the region is a bucket list experience.

So why not make the most of it and recharge at night in the Big House Holiday Lets accommodation options?

Staying here when kayaking in River Wye is a convenient choice. We offer a comfortable place to stay in the heart of the beautiful Wye Valley. 

Moreover, the Big House Holiday Lets offers a range of accommodation options. You will find cottages, apartments, and houses that can host groups of friends or families. It can be particularly convenient if you plan to go kayaking with a group.

Additionally, at Big House Holiday Lets, we offer plenty of amenities. Some are equipped kitchens, comfortable living areas, and private gardens or outdoor spaces. All of this is ideal for relaxing after a day packed with Wye Valley activities.

Plan Your Canoeing in River Wye Adventure Today!

There are several locations to go canoeing in River Wye for a water adventure. The river stretches for over 150 miles. So you can explore a range of beautiful natural landscapes, forests, valleys, and waterfalls.

Every location provides a unique experience. But each one includes well-maintained equipment, trained instructors, top-quality facilities and safety gear. Thus, renting a canoe or kayak is a perfect choice if you are searching for Wye Valley activities.

If you are ready to plan your action-packed venture, book your lodging today at the best rates!

  • Orchard House

    Prices from £2,200.00

    farmhouse and annexe sleeps up to 24 people in 10 bedrooms and is ideal for family occasions, birthday celebrations, reunions, and holiday breaks. Walk through the fields into your own private woodland, bike on traffic free lanes, canoe or cruise the nearby River Wye, enjoy unlimited local activities and award winning pubs and restaurants. Hot tub hire available and well behaved hens are welcomed. Stunning Spanish riding horses bred on site. pet friendly. Big games room and ground floor bedroom/shower room for limited mobility guests.

    • 10 Bedrooms
    • 2 kitchens
    • Large TV Lounge
    • 8 bath and shower rooms/loos
    • Hot tub Hire available
  • Wye Rapids House

    Prices from £2,650.00

    11 ensuite bedrooms, converted hotel overlooking the River Wye rapids at Symonds Yat. Large dining room , bar, lounge, patio, riverside garden plus outdoor hot tub (that can be hired) and games room. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy the sights and sound of nature all around you. An ideal pet-friendly cottage for large group holidays. With flat walks and 3 nearby pubs and restaurants, Wye Rapids provides an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for 26 people.

    • 11 ensuite Bedrooms sleeps 26
    • Hot tub hire available
    • All dine together
    • Fully commercial kitchen
    • Offroad parking for 16 cars
  • Holly Tree House

    Prices from £2,200.00

    Charming villa above Symonds Yat, sleeping 22 in 9 bedrooms overlooking River Wye. Two lounges, a large dining room and patio plus covered, outdoor Hot Tub and Games Room. Short walk to 3 pubs (with excellent food), river ferry, and flat riverside circular walk - super pet-friendly. Loads of activities inc canoes and paddle boards. verty safe and secure, no traffic. Ideal multi generation holiday cottage. Holly Tree House provides accommodation in an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    • 9 bedrooms sleeping 12 - 22
    • 8 Bath and Shower/Loos
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Pet Friendly
    • 3 Pub/Restaurants walkable
  • Pencraig Court

    Prices from £3,000.00

    Classic country house sleeping 36 in 11 bedrooms midway between Monmouth and Ross on Wye overlooking the river. Pet friendly, stunning rooms, large grounds, games room. On site 3 bed cottage sleeping a further 8 available. Landscaped grounds and gardens and a sweeping drive with an extensive parking area, totalling 3.6 Acres. Hot tub hire available.

    • 11 Ensuite Bedrooms sleeping 36
    • Attached 3 Bed cottage sleeping 8
    • Games Rooms with Table Football and Pool table
    • Hot tub Hire available
    • Pet Friendly
  • The Manor on the Monnow

    Prices from £3,500.00

    Majestic Manor House sleeping 24 in 11 bedrooms, huge lounge and dining room. Big kitchen and separate breakfast room. Games room and covered Hot Tub in 2 acre safe and private grounds. On the banks of the River Monnow, fishing from garden and wild swimming a very short walk. 10 minute flat stroll into town, the Manor is perfect for town and country group self catering in the picturesque border town of Monmouth. Pet friendly.

    • Games Room and Hot Tub
    • Fishing from riverbank
    • Wild swimming 100 yards
    • Galleried Hall with woodburner
    • 11 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms
  • The Anchor

    Prices from £2,400.00

    Set in the heart of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean and previously know as The Anchor Inn, this cosy village pub, which dates back to the 15th century, is now a charmingly converted holiday cottage sleeping 20 in 7/8 ensuite bedrooms. Lovely Games Room and covered Hot Tub. Enclosed rear garden, pet friendly. Walk to village pubs, shop and chippie! Easy access to riverside.

    • 7/8 ensuite bedrooms sleep 22
    • G/F room, sofa bed & bathroom
    • Dogs and other pets welcome
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Dine 20 round one table
  • River Wye Lodge

    Prices from £3,300.00

    Converted Coaching Inn on the banks of the River Wye, with park and canoe launch - short walk to village shop, pub, Indian takeaway and fish and chip shop. Sleeps 26 in 12 bedrooms, 10 having glorious views of the River Wye. Accessibility ramp to the front door and the ground floor houses a wheelchair friendly twin room with an en-suite wet room. Huge dining room and lounge, 2 connected kitchens, playground outside. Games Room. Pet friendly.

    • 12 Bedrooms sleeping 26
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Room
    • Dine 26 round one table
    • Twin disabled bedroom wet room en suite
  • Forest House

    Prices from £3,000.00

    This 11 ensuite bedroom converted 4* Hotel sleeps up to 25 in the centre of Coleford, the heart of the Forest of Dean - Hot Tub (hire charge) , 3 Lounges , Large dining room, fantastic kitchen. Off road walks and cycling from door. Pet friendly. Short walk to shops, pubs, restaurants. A perfect location for sampling the huge array of activities and attractions in the Forest of Dean.

    • 11 Ensuite bedrooms sleeping 25
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Room with Pool Table
    • All Dine Together
    • Pet Friendly for 2 dogs
  • Monnow Valley Studio

    Prices from £3,300.00

    Sleeps 24 in 11 bedrooms , world famous recording studio on banks of the River Monnow, full of memorabilia with Party Room, Games Room, Cinema Room, stunning dining room, huge modern kitchen, hot tub (hire charge) . Pets are not allowed. peaceful, quiet , safe with no traffic, fishing and swimming from the garden. Licensed for Weddings - 50 max.

    • Outdoor Hot Tub
    • Huge soundproof Party Room
    • Games and Cinema Room
    • 11 bedrooms sleeps 24
    • Licensed for weddings up to 50
  • The Cedars

    Prices from £3,150.00

    The Cedars is a lovely Georgian holiday home ideally located in the heart of the village of Whitchurch, in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, and sleeps 16 people.

    • Sleeps 12 - 20
    • 8 bedrooms
    • 5 mins walk to River Wye
    • 4 en-suite bathrooms
    • Walk to 3 pubs/restaurants
  • High Cloud Farm and Barn

    Prices from £2,800.00

    The secluded hilltop retreat of explorer, adventurer, and author Christina Dodwell, High Cloud Farm, a perfect location for 3 generation celebrations, with maps, books, pictures and artefacts in evidence everywhere. This remote rural cottage on the Wales borders offers total privacy as a large party house or holiday retreat. Hot tub and heated Swimming Pool (May till October). farmhouse sleeps 12 and Barn sleeps 12. Everyone can dine together in the Barn. 3 Kitchens, Games Room, pet friendly.

    • Dining table seats 24
    • 10 bedrooms sleeps 24
    • Large games room
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    • Covered hot tub
  • Carefree Cottage

    Prices from £600.00

    Carefree Cottage is a pretty 3 bedroom cottage sleeping 8 midway between Ross on Wye and Monmouth

  • Fairlea Grange

    Prices from £1,975.00

    This striking gothic townhouse in the heart of Abergavenny is full of character and inspired Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie The Lady Vanishes. It was the childhood home of Ethel Lina White who wrote the original novel. If you want your stay to evoke a dramatic atmosphere this is the holiday home for you! 9 bedrooms, sleeping up to 24 people with 2 lounges , 2 kitchens , games Room, Hot Tub, enclosed garden in walking distance of town centre and Station. Pet friendly.

    • 9 bedrooms, 7 ensuites
    • Pets Welcome
    • Games Room
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Near Brecon Beacons