Gilpin Tour Highlights for 2020

Tour options 1 and 2

Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth


To celebrate Gilpin 2020, Way2Go Adventures offers guided tours with a modern-day twist and here are some of the Gilpin tour highlights.

To follow Gilpin’s original Wye Tour journey, our tours will take you by canoe through the Wye Valley, down the River Wye and ending up at the River Severn.

Each tour begins in Ross-on-Wye and you’ll paddle and canoe past the places of interest that Gilpin would have seen on his Wye Tour.  Below are some of the Gilpin tour highlights and places of interest on both the original Gilpin Wye Tour and our Gilpin 2020 tour.

Gilpin Tour Highlights from Tour Options 1 and 2

See below for the highlights and click here to see our guided tour options.

Ross-on-WyeRiver Wye kayaking trips

Ross-on-Wye is situated in south Herefordshire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  It is described as the gateway to the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.  There has been a quaint town on this site since medieval times.

This is a popular area for canoeing and other water sports having first been brought to the attention of adventure seekers in the 18th century with the establishment of the Gilpin Wye Tour.  It is now recognised as the birthplace of British tourism.


The River Wye flows along the border between Wales and England.  As a result, the valley has a turbulent past of conflict over land and territory. Strong fortifications were necessary to provide protection and defence against invading armies.

A visit to Goodrich Castle is available as an optional extra for the one-day Gilpin tour.  This 12th century Keep is made of sandstone and surrounded by a deep, dry moat.  Now owned by English Heritage, there is an exhibition including historical artifacts, a tea room and a gift shop.

Symonds YatKayaking River Wye Valley

One of our Gilpin tour highlights is Symonds Yat.  Symonds Yat is a small, picturesque village along the route on day two of our modern Gilpin tours.  Over time, the Wye has carved a deep gorge through the limestone rocks resulting in the spectacular Coldwell Rocks and Symonds Yat Rapids.  Symonds Yat Rock can be clearly seen as you canoe past.  This is the perfect area for thrill-seekers to explore.


Monmouth is located where the River Monnow meets the River Wye. Day two of our Gilpin tours ends here.  It is only a 10 minute walk from the river into the town to see the places of interest including the Monnow Gate and Bridge, the only medieval river bridge in Britain with a gate tower still intact.

If you are interested in visiting any of the above places, please email for full information about Gilpin 2020 itineraries and prices or use the button below to Book Now.