Gilpin 2021 Tours With A Modern Twist

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Due to Covid 19, our Gilpin 2020 tours will now be in 2021 and will mark the 250th anniversary of William Gilpin’s historic visit to the Wye Valley which established the area’s reputation as the birthplace of British tourism.

To celebrate this historic milestone, Way2Go Adventures will be authentically re-creating his famous ‘Wye Tour’ by offering guided Gilpin 2021 tours with a modern-day twist.

Our complete Gilpin 2021 tour (option 3) recreates the original Wye Tour from Ross-on-Wye to Chepstow and enables you to paddle in a canoe through 3 counties (Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire) and 2 countries (England and Wales).

The original Wye Tour was a two-day boat trip from Ross-on-Wye to Chepstow.  Visitors travelled aboard trows, the river transport of the day.  These cargo boats were designed to transport goods but commercial owners soon saw the potential for tourist excursions following the success of Gilpin’s guide book, Observations on the River Wye’.

These days, the transport of choice is the canoe which allows time to appreciate the stunning Wye Valley landscape whilst adding an element of adventure.  Way2Go Adventures is offering four exciting new tour options to celebrate Gilpin 2021.

Re-create Gilpin’s ‘Wye Tour’ by canoe with Way2Go Adventures

Canoeing offers an easy, peaceful and relaxing way to experience the Gilpin Wye Tour. Meandering through the Wye Valley which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), floating on the River Wye, spotting the local wildlife and getting back in touch with nature is by far the best way to spend time, let alone following in the footsteps of the historic Gilpin.

A qualified and knowledgeable local guide is included in the cost of all four options.  The guide will advise you on your paddling technique to ensure you have a safe, fun and enjoyable time.  They will also point out the many places of interest that Gilpin would have seen.

A packed lunch is included for each of the days.

For these Gilpin 2021 tours, no previous experience is required.

Option 1 – One-Day Guided Gilpin Tour

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Beginning at the viewpoint in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, before walking down to the canoes on the River Wye, this one-day guided Gilpin tour passes two castles as well as Wilton Bridge and Kerne Bridge.  It is only a short drive to Goodrich Castle should you wish to visit as an additional activity. Click here for more information and prices on our one day exciting Gilpin tour.

Option 2 – Two-Day Guided Gilpin Tour

Option 2 includes everything from option 1.

The second day will start where the one-day Gilpin tour ends, continuing down the beautiful River Wye to Monmouth.  The highlights include Coldwell Rocks and the Symonds Yat rapids, which in Gilpin’s day was a heavily industrialised area.  The remains of the furnaces are still there and can be clearly seen. Click here for more information and prices on our exciting two day guided Gilpin tour.

Option 3 – Three-Day Guided Gilpin Tour (the complete Wye Tour)

Option 3 includes everything from option 2.  It enables you to authentically re-create the whole of Gilpin’s ‘Wye Tour’.

Day three of this Gilpin 2021 tour begins in Monmouth.  This is where the River Wye meets the River Severn and becomes tidal from Bigsweir bridge so there will be some variation in start times.  We will continue to paddle down the river to reach Chepstow, passing Brockweir and Chepstow Castle.  Weather depending, we aim to continue under the old Severn Bridge to see the cliffs. For ages 12+ and above. Click here for more information and prices on our exciting three day guided Gilpin tour.

Option 4 – One Day Gilpin Tour

Option 4 is purely the second part of option 3 as a one-day experience; starting at Monmouth and canoeing down to Chepstow and out under the Severn Bridge to see the cliffs.  Only available on specific days and times to work with the tides and for ages 12 years and above. Click here for more information and prices on our exciting one day Gilpin tour.

To view The Picturesque Wye Tour Brochure for Gilpin 2021 click here.


* Way2Go Adventures will be offering guided walks as an addition or alternative to canoeing.

For full information about our Gilpin 2021 tours, itineraries and prices, please email or use the Book Now button below.