Lower River Wye Paddle Challenge Picture 1
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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  50m

Dist:  50km

Min age:  14

Duration:  3

Lower River Wye Paddle Challenge

Paddle Adventure

Get ready for a wicked weekend of wet and wild fun on the River Wye. With paddling, splashing, fun and games and two nights under canvas, you really can't afford to miss this great weekend! With an all new revised and more challenging itinerary, be ready for a good work out!

The River Wye is born on the slopes of Plynlimon and carves its way through mid-Wales and the Marches until it reaches the River Severn 153 miles later. The ruins of Tintern Abbey, the rocky outcrop of Symonds Yat and the commanding bulk of Chepstow Castle have attracted tourists in their thousands since the 19th century, and with good reason. More recently, book lovers have flocked to Hay-on-Wye, where dozens of secondhand bookshops flourish.
Popular today mainly with canoeists, the Wye has actually been navigated since Roman times. Our journey will begin in Bredwardine and we shall work our way along the river, exploring a good long section of the river down towards Ross on Wye by the end of the weekend. Our normal finish point will be Hoarwithy, having passed through Hereford on the Saturday night. Here there is a good pub to finish off the paddle with a celebratory drink.

Please note: This is a bespoke challenge for private groups. The guide price is based on a minimum of eight people.



Day 1
Allow plenty of time for a relaxed journey to Witney on Friday afternoon! Arrive Witney on Wye latest by 19:00 to pitch tents before dinner. 

Day 2
Breakfast at approx 07:30.
We'll travel a short distance to the start of the paddle by car, approx 10 minutes. Cars are left at the risk of the owners, but there is a suitable and safe layby to leave vehicles.
Pack boats at 09:00, safety briefing and depart at 10:00 latest
Arrive at campsite by 17:00 in Hereford and pitch tents.
Enjoy dinner followed by team games; rounders, football or space hopper races
Evening refreshments...

Day 3
Breakfast at approx 08:00, pack boats at 09:00 and depart at 09:30 latest.
Arrive at Paddle end 15:00
Transfer back to cars approx. 16:00 to depart Wye Valley at 16:30 approx.
Arrive home exhausted but exhilerated after one of the best weekends of the Summer!


Route Map


Two nights of camping - two man tents are provided for you with plenty of space.
Please bring a sleeping bag with you, and wash kit & towel.
Shower facilities are available on both nights  and pubs are close at hand on both nights to ease those weary paddling arms and shoulders!


What is a Level 2.0 Paddle Challenge Like?

These activities are either climbing, abseiling, caving, or multiactivity. They are moving up in intensity from beginner level, and will require a higher level of fitness. You will need the appropriate specific fitness - probably requiring good flexibility in the case of climbing or caving. Most itineraries in this category require some degree of upper body strength - especially in the case of open canoeing at 2 star level.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.0 ‘Paddle Challenge’?

You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 5 or 6 hours or 15 miles in the lowland English countryside, or maybe bike rides of 3-4 hours.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

Guide, boat hire with paddles and buoyancy aid.

Camping for two nights, two breakfasts, transfers back to vehicles at end of event.


Excluded From Trip

Lunches and dinners.


Equipment Required

Loose Comfortable Paddling Clothes (2 sets)
Waterproof Jacket
Trainers / Paddling Shoes / Sandals
Drybag / Bin Liners / Other waterproof kit bag - to store kit inside boat
Sunglasses, Suncream, Sunhat
Packed Lunch, Water Bottle
Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat
Personal Washkit, Towel
Spare Clothes for evening wear
Plastic bags to store wet gear after the event
Mobile Phone (stored in a plastic bag)
Personal Money and Cards
Safe place to store Car Keys for the weekend!
Gloves (you may find these useful if you have soft hands - to avoid blistering)


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



Being in the UK we should be prepared for anything. Whilst not wishing everyone to bring heaps of equipment we should be prepared for both poor weather and scorching hot weather. Bring both equipment to protect from hot sun, and also to protect in case it rains. It is unlikely to be cold.



Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

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