Ross-on-Wye to Kerne Bridge
Distance 5 miles: half day trip (option 1)
Morning trip: launch from The River Wye Canoe Hire Company at approx 8.30am;
pick up at Kerne Bridge at approx 12.00pm
Launching from the public launch/egress point by the Riverside Inn, this half day trip is simply one of the most scenically beautiful journeys you can take on the River Wye.
Your journey starts with a series of long loops which take you towards the A40 and back inland so on and so forth. After approx three and a half miles you will suddenly see on your right hand side Goodrich Castle, meandering further on you will come to the only bridge on your trip, Kerne Bridge which is a three arched stone bridge spanning the River Wye. Please make sure that you pass under this bridge through the centre arch as the river flow pushes you towards the right hand bank.
What you need to do is keep your canoe over to the left hand side of the river as much as possible hugging the shale banks as you flow round the left hand bend and keep to the left of the small island. Please make sure that you all keep paddling at this particular point. Once you have cleared the bend, look out for an electricity pylon on the left hand bank. Shortly after this, and partly obscured by shrubbery, you will see a disused railway bridge abutment. The landing point is immediately after this feature and is also partly obscured by shrubbery which is growing from the river.
Simply pull your boats up and secure them to the water depth markers. Here you can have a picnic/BBQ and there are public toilets situated in the new village hall through the car park area. The pub, The Inn on the Wye, can be seen from the river at Kerne Bridge and is accessed from the landing stage by walking to the entrance of Kerne Bridge Picnic Site, crossing over the road and walking back three hundred yards to your left. The pub is a wonderful place to stop for drink and lunch; it boasts a terraced garden area which has views over the River Wye and towards Goodrich Castle. Contact no 01600 890872.
Times are approximate, and are sometimes varied during peak periods - whilst every effort will be made to keep to them please ensure that you are clear as to what your actual meeting times are, at the time of booking.
Always arrive 20 minutes before your 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.