Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye
Distance 11 miles: full day trip (option 1), leaving our base at approx 10.00 am.
Launching from Tresseck Farm Campsite, Hoarwithy, onto a very serene stretch of river that winds its way through idyllic countryside you will pass under Sellack Suspension footbridge, one mile further on and you will come to the first of two demolished railway bridges where the only remains are the parapets which was part of the old Hereford to Gloucester line, you are now nearing Strangford village. A further mile on and Fawley chapel can be seen on the left hand bank.
Meandering a further three quarters of a mile and the village of How Caple will now be on your left hand side. The next village that your journey will take you through is Foy which is a popular salmon fishing area, In season the salmon pools are indicated by red and green discs which are fixed to the trees. Please observe these discs and paddle to the green side of the river to respect the rights of the fishermen. Now look out for Foy church on your right hand side.
One and a half miles down river you come to Backney common, this is where you pass through the second demolished railway bridge, there is a picnic area on your right hand side immediately before the bridge however access to the picnic area is difficult from the river.
You are now nearing the end of your journey, as a further three miles along the river you will approach the historic town of Ross on Wye. You will pass under the A40 road bridge and Ross Rowing Club suddenly appears on your left hand side. Meandering further along you will see the Hope and Anchor pub (Time for a beer??) with its own jetty on the left, and a further 200 yards along you will see an official public launch/egress point which is located by The Riverside Inn. Please leave the river here and pull your canoes up onto the grass area, away from the water.
The White Lion, 200 yards down the road by Wilton Bridge, can offer river side camping, B&B, breakfast, lunch, dinner. If you fancy a pre-launch breakfast you can arrange it through ourselves on 01600 890470 or contact Dave or Jacqui on - Tel no 01989 562785.
There are no official stop off points until you reach Ross on this stretch of the river, so please ensure you bring your own food and drink for your trip.
Times are approximate and during peak periods, whilst every effort on our behalf is made to keep to them, please ensure that you are clear at the time of booking as to what your actual meeting times are.
Always arrive 20 minutes before departure time to complete the hire agreement, receive health and safety briefing and be fitted with buoyancy aids.
Local Information to Ross-on-Wye
Ross-on-Wye Car Park.
Viewable on our map - parking is free - day and night.
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