Map of River Wye: Hike, Bike & Kayak (Source to Sea) including United Kingdom

Journey along the River Wye on an active adventure

Why should you visit the River Wye? We’re glad you asked! Crossing from Wales into England and carving out much of the border on its way, the River Wye is undoubtedly one of the UK’s best examples of unspoiled natural beauty and classic British scenery – from rolling green hills and spectacular valleys to delightful little villages dotted with cosy pubs. In six days, you’ll uncover all the best bits of this beautiful corner of the country on foot, bicycle and canoe, with a local leader on hand to show you the ropes. Venture from the river’s source in the Welsh Mountains and follow it on a thrilling adventure down to Ross-on-Wye.


Start
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Finish
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures, Intrepid Retreats
Code
BEXW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Follow the River Wye from its source high in the Welsh Mountains all the way to Ross-on-Wye on foot, bicycle and canoe, allowing you to see the scenery from multiple perspectives.

  • Explore the little-known yet absolutely beautiful Elan Valley on bicycles, then spend two nights in a remote family-run lodge, set in a gorgeous Victorian era building.

  • Hit the water in a canoe or kayak and paddle down from Glasbury to Whitney Bridge, stopping off for lunch in the charming town of Hay-on-Wye, famed for its celebration of books.

  • Pull up your kayaks on the side of the river and arrive at your accommodation for two nights – a spectacular glamping experience in permanent pods totally immersed in nature.

  • Hike and bike up to Symonds Yat Rock and be rewarded with unbeatable views of the River Wye and its surrounds, plus the chance to spot peregrine falcons soaring overhead.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an action-packed itinerary and a moderate level of fitness will help you get the most out of all included activities. You must be confident in the water for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. All equipment and safety gear is provided.

  • This adventure begins in Day 1 in the morning and finishes on Day 6 in early afternoon – you may like to consider arranging additional nights before or after the trip.

  • Some short sections of cycling and walking may require your own navigation, only in instances when your experienced tour leader will be moving our van to meet you just down the road.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

The famous River Wye maps out much of the border between Wales and England, and its untouched landscapes really are a sight to behold. Your exploration of this great river begins in Gloucester, where you’ll meet your local leader and the rest of your group at 11am. From here it’s a transfer to the top of the Wye Valley (approximately 2 hours) – you’ll soon see why this has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Things kick into gear with a bike ride around the secluded Elan Valley – this is the wild west of the UK – no shops, starbucks or costa coffee here, just stunning natural wonders at every turn. Enjoy a flat ride around an 18th-century reservoir and take it all in. Retire to your accommodation for the evening, a beautiful lodge set in a Victorian era building that retains much of its traditional feel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Elan Valley cycling tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It is very important that you will be at collection point on time. If you are in risk of being late, please notify us immediately.
Today you will cycle for up to 18 miles on flat terrain.
Kick off the day with a hike to the source of the River Wye, hidden away high up in the Welsh Mountains. While you’re at it, you may also like to hunt out the source of the River Severn, as it’s just a mile away. After you’ve found the source, it’s time to hop back on your bike and follow the very first stretch of the River Wye all the way back down to the Elan Valley. This journey is all downhill, so it’s sure to be a thrilling ride! Enjoy an evening at leisure back at your lodge
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Infant River Wye cycle
  • Source of River Wye walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today you will walk for up to 6 miles and cycle for 20 miles downhill.
Today you’ll hit the water for a canoeing and kayaking adventure! Transfer to the village of Glasbury where you’ll meet your canoeing instructors for a safety demonstration, then head off in your one or two-person canoe or kayak – the choice is yours. Paddle on down past peaceful countryside and arrive at the market town of Hay-on-Wye. If you forgot to pack a good book for your downtime, worry not! With over twenty independent bookshops, this charming little place is the National Book Town of Wales. Stop for a spot of lunch and perhaps one of Hay’s excellent coffees, then return to the water and continue down to Whitney Bridge, where you will disembark and spend the evening. Your accommodation tonight will be one to remember, as you’ll sleep on the side of the river in comfortable and spacious wooden pods, totally immersed in your natural surroundings – this is glamping at its best!
Accommodation
  • Glamping pods (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hay on Wye leader led town walk
  • River Wye full day canoe adventure
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's canoeing distance is approximately 10 miles.
Now that you’re canoeing and kayaking pros, you’ll get back on the water this morning and explore more of the wonders of the River Wye from your boats. Depending on the interests of the group, this afternoon you can either continue your canoeing and kayaking adventure along the river, or stop off at a cider farm where you’ll learn the ins and outs of cider production in the area and enjoy some lunch while you’re there. This evening, head back to Hay-on-Wye and reminisce about the day’s adventures with your group over dinner. Tonight will be spent in your glamping pods on the banks of the river.
Accommodation
  • Glamping pods (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cider Farm visit
  • Whitney Bridge canoe tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's canoeing distance is approximately 11 miles.
Start your day in the village of Preston on Wye and set your wheels in motion for a bike ride to Goodrich Castle. This ancient medieval castle is so well-preserved it’s not hard to imagine what life here must have looked like, and its serene setting in the countryside above the River Wye is up there with the best of them. Walk up to the Symonds Yat Rock where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with unbeatable views of the River Wye and the surrounding landscape. Not only home to the site of an ancient fort build over 2500 years ago, the area is also one of the best spots in the country to view peregrine falcons, so be sure to look up as well as down! Tonight will be spent in the lovely town of Ross-on-Wye – ask your leader why they claim to be the birthplace of British tourism.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Symonds Yat Rock tour
  • Biking tour along River Wye
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today you will walk for 4 miles and cycle for up to 25 miles on flat terrain.
Just like the River Wye, your journey must come to an end. Today you will transfer back to Gloucester where your adventure will wrap up, and say your goodbyes to your newfound friends.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts

Transport

Private Van

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Glamping pods (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Elan Valley cycling tour
  • Infant River Wye cycle
  • Source of River Wye walk
  • Hay on Wye leader led town walk
  • River Wye full day canoe adventure
  • Cider Farm visit
  • Whitney Bridge canoe tour
  • Symonds Yat Rock tour
  • Biking tour along River Wye

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. This trip starts on Day 1 at 11am at the Railway station in Gloucester and finishes on Day 6 at 10am. You may like to consider arranging additional nights before or after the trip.
2. This is an active trip, and it consists of walking, cycling and water-based activities. Whilst previous experience in walking and kayaking or canoeing isn’t essential, your ability to cycle is.
3. A Single Supplement may be available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
4. Equipment hire is included in your trip price, bikes, helmets, and all water sport gear. Bike helmets are compulsory to wear during all rides.
5. Some short sections of cycling and walking may require your own navigation, only in instances when your experienced tour leader will be moving our van to meet the group.

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