Canoeing on the River Wye

The River Wye is one of the finest natural rivers in Britain and has SSSI status that is teeming with wildlife and stunning views.

There is more to the sport than meets the eye, but even the most novice paddler will come away having achieved something after a day on the water with us. Paddling along the River Wye is fantastic way to be Outdoors@hay!


Often referred to as 'Canadian Canoes' or 'Open Boats' by canoeists the large open topped canoes are paddled usually by two people using single bladed paddles and are generally stable and easy to control. Canoeing on the River Wye is a deservedly popular particularly short trip's around Hay on Wye. Open Canoeing is a particularly relaxing and social way to be on the water and can be as challenging as you wish.


Single closed cockpit canoes are referred to as 'Kayaks' and usually paddled individually with a double bladed paddle and challenges an individual to show patience in learning new skills as well as being very good for building self-confidence For the more enthusiastic paddler we can introduce you to the thrill of kayaking on white water or teach you to roll, which seems to be the ambition of all newcomers to kayaking.

Is it for you?

The river is an ideal environment for groups of all abilities and our instructors will do everything to ensure you feel safe throughout the activity. For any non swimmers or particularly nervous types we can 'raft' two open canoes together which provide a very stable craft on the river !

Why not book Accommodation with us to make your adventure complete?

a group of us (families and friends) had an absolutely *superb* experience: learning to... canoe down the beautiful Wye. Thanks to patient, good-humoured coaching and encouragement from Mick, we all came away with new skills, a feeling of self-reliance
— Malcolm B - Trip Advisor

Guided Canoe Prices

Our prices are for groups of four or more, although we do quote for individuals or smaller groups on request

Per Person
£60 Full day £40 Half day *
Family (2 Ad + 2 Ch u16) £220 Full day £140 Half day *
Discounts for two half day activities, youth groups or 10+ persons

Canoe Hire Prices

If you are confident to take on the river yourself we can offer Canoe hire. You must be aware that you are taking responsibility for yourself and others with you when you go without an instructor.

For family groups we have a safety policy on ratios for adults to child under 12 that we will you advise on booking.

2 Seat Canoe Half day £50 Full Day £70 * 3 Seat Canoe (2Ad + 2 Ch u12) or 3 adults Half day £70 Full Day £100 * £40 pppd for overnight trips

What do you need to bring?

We will supply good quality specialist equipment as you would expect. When you book we will send you a detailed information sheet that explains what to bring.

Need Lunch?

We can supply you with a healthy packed lunch for your activity day from £5 per person. Just let us know when booking!