Canoeing & Camping along the River Wye

Fri 10 – Sun 12 Jul 2020

Wye Valley

It’s the time of year when splashing about on the water seems the perfect way to cool down, assuming we are having a hot summer, and the river beckons every man and woman to relax in the peace of the flowing water and birdlife…..This might, however, get occasionally disrupted by the splashing and capsizing canoes and chatter and drinking around the campfire.

The River Wye is renowned for its leisurely canoeing and is truly a majestic river, full of wildlife and colour. We will be canoeing on the River Wye, between Hoarwithy and Symonds Yat, which is regarded by many as being one of the most picturesque river sections in the UK.

Our journey along the River Wye will be via a flotilla of canoes from Hoarwithy to Symond Yat (about 28 miles) over 2 days and camping halfway.


Camping info

There are a minimum of two experienced and qualified leaders on this event. Our guides have extensive experience hosting events and have been wilderness first aid trained. This has been a very popular event which we have enjoyed operating at least twice a year over the past decade.


We will be staying in a campsite beside the river where campfires are permitted and showers are available. However, the facilities are basic! We will also be able to walk into Ross on Wye where we have some good dining venues on a Saturday night. We will also enjoy a cooked breakfast indoors on both mornings and possibly dinner on Saturday.

Tents will be provided, these range between 3 & 10 person tents, but we usually only accommodate 2 or 7 people in each. You are welcome to bring your own tent if you wish. But please advise in advance.

Ross on wye campsite
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Canoes

The canoes will be open Canadian style canoes suitable for three persons per canoe. Life jackets will be supplied and you will be required to wear them at all times on the water.

Watertight storage drums will be available on each boat to store valuables, lunch etc. You will only be taking the items you need for the day as the tents will remain at the same campsite.

No experience is needed at all. As long as you are capable of paddling for about 4-5 hours over the course of each day. Full instruction and a safety briefing will be given prior to departure.

The canoeing will be self-guided and not by the operator.

Food

AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking community. Our camping trip is no different. You will be met upon arrival with a welcome BBQ with vegetarian and vegan options cooked on a dedicated BBQ. There will also be cake!

Breakfast is an important start to the day, so we want to make sure it’s as good as it can be. Each days breakfast venue is different. On Saturday we start with a full English breakfast with cereals, porridge or grapefruit. If a full English isn’t your thing then there are plenty of other options including kippers, scrambled egg with salmon etc. On Sunday we paddle to our breakfast venue where a cooked breakfast is also provided.


Getting there

This AAA event starts and ends at the campsite so you will need to arrange your own transport to/from there.

If you want to lift share we recommend that you post a message on the “Meetup “Message Board that is specific to this event.


Price includes

  • 2 nights tented accommodation at a campsite with access to showers. Tents will be pre-pitched (unless you arrive in the advance party) so no faffing required on arrival, but feel free to help if you wish.
  • Canoe and equipment hire (Three people per canoe)
  • Transfers from Symonds Yat to Hoerwithy.
  • 1 Welcome BBQ supper with a traditional cake.
  • 2 Cooked breakfasts.
  • 2 Packed lunches.
  • 1 Marshmallows.
  • Tea and coffee refreshment station available throughout the day.
  • Experienced guides with Wilderness First Aid Training.
  • Event organisation and briefings.
  • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection.

Price does not include

  • Transport to the destination
  • Souvenirs
  • Dinner on Saturday night
  • Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit
  • Any alcoholic beverages

Price per person, standard sharing tents £ 153

To book and confirm your place please select the required ‘Ticket’ option below


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  • How fit do I need to be?
  • Can I bring my dog?
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Jul 10-12 – Canoe & Camping along the River Wye 1

Friday, Jul 10, 2020, 7:00 PM

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27 Hiking Enthusiasts Attending

It’s the time of year when splashing about on the water seems the perfect way to cool down, assuming we are having a hot summer, and the river beckons every man and woman to relax in the peace of the flowing water and birdlife…..This might, however, get occasionally disrupted by the splashing and capsizing canoes and chatter and drinking around t…

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Standard Shared Tent
Itinerary

Your AAA host will be at the venue ready to greet you on your arrival and show you to your accommodation.

The advance party will have arrived and begun erecting some tents

Supper, typically comprising of a BBQ

A variety of teas, cocoa and coffee are available.

Members preferring alcoholic beverages should ensure they bring a tipple of their choice 

Once the majority of members have arrived your hosts will again welcome you to the weekend, explain the program for the weekend, outlining the planned schedule and answer any questions you might have.

Food is available until midnight or the last guest has arrived!

If you arriving later than 23:00 please text or phone your host to let them know. Thank you.

Help yourself to tea, coffee etc. from this time. 

Bread, wraps and sandwich fillings will be available to prepare your packed lunch for the day ahead.

We will pack away all the food and kit into the transit van that will remain at the campsite by this time.

 

 

 

Depart with all your kit for the day for Ross Rowing Club for the drive to Symonds Yat

The AAA Cooked Breakfast is served from this time.

You will be asked to select from the menu your breakfast option in advance of your arrival to ensure a smooth and timely service.

After breakfast, we will depart the hotel for the short drive to the Canoe Centre.

On arriving at the Canoe Centre all vehicles will be parked here and will remain at the Canoe Centre in their car park until Sunday. 

Please do not leave things you will need in the vehicles. care keys can be secured in the Canoe Centres safe to avoid any problems when its time to collect the vehicles on Sunday.

We will be equipped with individual paddles and buoyancy aids pus a dry barrel for each canoe.

Canoes will be for 3 people, this ensures you have enough willing and able paddlers per boat ;-)

Once the kit is all issued and the briefing completed we will depart for the water to begin our days paddling

Once on the river, we settle into a relaxed mode. The group will have a host at the front of the group and the rear who will both be in radio contact.  

It's now time to relax.  During the day the guides will assist any steering issues and co-ordinate stops for a snack, lunch, swims and team changes.

We paddle directly to the campsite.  Upon arrival, we will all have time to freshen up, play games and generally relax.

Dinner this evening is not included. Given the variety of options, we recommend either the local fish and chippy where you can eat in or the local hotel with views over the valley. The latter is always a winner when the weather is good.

We will have a fire ready by this time with marshmallows and toasting sticks in ample supply. You will just need to bring a rug or chair and your favourite beverage as we relax around the fire.

Help yourself to tea, coffee etc. from this time. 

Bread, wraps and sandwich fillings will be available to prepare your packed lunch for the day ahead.

We will pack away all the food and kit into the transit van that will remain at the campsite by this time.

We depart the campsite by canoe for a short paddle downriver to a local riverside pub.  This is our morning's venue for breakfast.

A cooked breakfast is served.

Once on the river, we settle into a relaxed mode. The group will have a host at the front of the group and the rear who will both be in radio contact.  

It's now time to relax.  During the day the guides will co-ordinate stops for a snack, lunch, swims and team changes.

Upon arrival in Symonds Yat, we will need to move the canoes and kit off the river before handing back your personal kit.  

Once we have completed all our admin we will collect our vehicle keys and depart for the campsite where we will dismantle the tents and kit

Depending upon the weekend's location we aim to depart home from this time.

We believe that most people wish to be back home between 19:00-21:00 in order that they have enough time to prepare for the week ahead

Hosts
Mike Hudson
Group & Event Organiser, Hike Leader & First Aider
Jez Malins
Event Host, Hike Leader & First Aider
FAQ

Yes, you certainly can. A lot of people prefer to bring their own tent. All we ask is you let us know on the pre-trip survey that will be e-mailed to you no later than 14 days prior to the event.

We have had many people over the years attend who can not swim. This isn't a problem so long as you are comfortable in the water wearing a buoyancy aid and not prone to panic.

Typically we pair you with others who are more able and experienced in a canoe.

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