Wye Valley by Boots and Paddles

Wye Valley by Boots and Paddles2017-12-22T11:50:11+00:00

Enjoy a full day exploring the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, both by foot and by canoe. This is a great way to see and do as much as you can while in this stunning area.

Join us for a guided tour of the Wye Valley

Beginning at the picturesque village of Redbrook on the Wye we walk to the Kymin near Monmouth, then take a canoe trip back down the River Wye to our start point.

Our full day guided tour is the perfect way to see the Wye Valley and explore its beautiful scenery – both from the land looking out over the river and the hills around it, and from the water as we canoe back down the river. This is a full day guided tour of the Wye Valley and takes in some of its most stunning views.

The first section of this Wye Valley tour is a walk from Redbrook, an attractive village alongside the Wye which is popular with tourists, to the Kymin, a charming 18th-century Round House and Naval Temple. This is a moderate walk with open meadows and a steady climb but well worth it for the fantastic views across Monmouthshire and the Black Mountains, before dropping down into Monmouth.

Lunch time will be by the River Wye before finishing the circular route via a paddle in a canoe/kayak along the river back to Redbrook.

Suitable for groups, families, parties, holidaymakers and more, this tour is suitable for all ages and experience levels an no experience is required.

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About our guided Wye Valley tour and what you will see:

Redbrook is situated on the Gloucestershire side of the River Wye and along with many other small villages in the Wye Valley was once an important industrial centre due to the Redbrook Tinplate Co. which had a world famous reputation for its high quality products, before closing in 1962. Redbrook also used to be a small port used for shipping various products down river.

The old iron railway bridge at Redbrook, though closed to trains in 1964, remains in place as a footbridge across the river enabling you to visit the popular Boat Inn on the opposite side, stopping halfway across to admire the views both up and down the River Wye.

The Kymin or Kymin Hill overlooks Monmouth and provides spectacular views to the Black Mountains and the iconic Sugar Loaf near Abergavenny. On a really clear day it is even possible to see Pen y Fan, the largest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. The Naval Temple next to the Kymin – quirky but small – was built during the Napoleonic Wars and finished in 1801 by public subscription. It is Britain’s oldest monument to the Royal Navy. The Round House was created for picnics more and completed in 1776. It is run by the National Trust and holds weddings and small events.

You can find our Wye Valley map showing the points on our tour here.

Boots and Paddles Booking Information:

  • Reasonable fitness level required
  • Minimum age: 10
  • Maximum people: 12
  • No experience is required
  • Length of trip: approximately 6 hours (9am – 3pm)
  • Cost: £80pp or £70pp for groups of 4 or more

About the Wye Valley:

The Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), full of history, beauty and heritage. It straddles the border between England and Wales and is one of the most dramatic and scenic landscape areas in southern Britain.

The River Wye (Welsh: Afon Gwy) is the fifth-longest river in the UK. The upper part of the river passes through the settlements of Rhayader, Builth Wells and Hay-on-Wye in Powys, but the area designated as an AONB covers a 45 mile stretch lower down the river, from just south of the city of Hereford to Chepstow. This area covers parts of the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, and is recognised in particular for its limestone gorge scenery and dense native woodlands, as well as its wildlife, archaeological and industrial remains. It is also historically important as one of the birthplaces of the modern tourism industry.

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