Welcome to our preparation notes page. On this page you will find useful tips, like where we are located, what to wear on your canoe trip, what to bring with you. Please take the time to ensure that you and anyone coming canoeing with you, have read these notes.

You will ensure that all participants are aware that they enter into this activity at their own risk. You are expected to take care and precautions whilst on the river and use your own judgement to minimize the risk to you from hazards on the river.


We’re encouraging our staff and customers to do some simple things to minimise the likelihood of a spread.  These include:

  • Wear a face covering for your minibus journey (this is no longer compulsory).
  • Wash your hands with soap and water when you finish and before you eat.
  • Anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.

If you would like more information regarding our policies on COVID-19 and your future canoe trip please use this link COVID-19 UPDATE.


We are located in the grounds of the: Paddocks Hotel, Symonds Yat West, HR9 6BL. However using the postcode takes you to the other side of the river!


The best way to find us is to use ‘what 3 words’. This really useful App is what is used by emergency professionals in remote locations. It enables you to triangulate any location in the world with just 3 words. Download the App in preparation for your canoe trip, so if you need us whilst out in the wilderness we can find you quicker.

Here are our 3 words airbase.informer.linked.  what3words /// The simplest way to talk about location

Download the App here what3words


If you are using a SATNAV to find us please use either the Paddocks Hotel or Canoe the Wye as your destination as the postcode will take you to either the East side of the river or past us down to Ye Old Ferrie Inn.

Look out for the entrance to the Paddocks Hotel on the left as you pass through the village.  Shortly after you pass the Wye Knot Inn on your right, you will see the Paddocks Hotel entrance on your left.  Pass under the Green Paddocks Hotel sign and down the car park. We are at the rear of the hotel, through a gateway. There is a larger car park through the gateway right next to our wooden cabin.


The car park is pay and display, which needs to be paid at one of the ticket machines. £1 per hour or £6 for all day. 

Click here for a more detailed location page


Usually the first question that we get when people arrive is ‘where can I find the toilet?’ We have 2 porta loos located behind our cabin through our gateway.


We tend to operate self guided canoe hire between March and September. Within these months the conditions are typically acceptable for canoeing on the Wye without any specialist equipment. However, sometimes conditions can be outside our operating perimeters during these months and we may need to postpone or cancel your booking for safety reasons. Some of the factors we monitor are; water temperature, air temperature, river levels and wind speed. In the unlikely event that we need to cancel your booking due to poor conditions we will do so by text message initially. This is the quickest way to contact a lot of people. So please check your phone before setting out to us.


Check that the details of your booking are correct. If they are not, either reply to your confirmation email quoting the ‘Booking ID’ and tell us what needs to be corrected. Or you can give us a call on 01600891100.


We will provide advice on issues of safety before you or members of your party start your trip. You will ensure that all participants in your booking comply with the following conditions of hire:

  • Each Canadian Canoe can have either 2 or 3 people.
  • Participants are NOT displaying any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Participants under 18 will be supervised at all times, each canoe must have at least 1 adult (18+).
  • Any participant 13 years of age or younger will be supervised by an adult on a ratio of 1:1.
  • All participants will wear a fastened and correctly fitted buoyancy aid at all times.
  • All participants can swim a distance of 25m in clothing, or to be accompanied 1 to 1 with a swimmer who can.
  • No person under 4 years of age or under 15kgs will be carried.
  • No person with a chest measurement greater than 54 inches and no person over 130kgs (20stone) will be carried.
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be carried. Alcohol will not be consumed in a canoe.
  • All participants with any physical, medical, behavioural or mental condition or illness have informed us using our medical declaration form prior to the trip.
  • All participants affected by sight or hearing impairment likely to affect safety have informed us using our medical declaration form prior to the trip.

We may cancel or curtail your booking or exclude individuals in your party who fail to comply with the above conditions.


If you have a minimum of 4 people going canoeing you may want to link 2 canoes together to create a raft. Rafted canoes are ideal for families and for those who need extra stability whilst out on the water. When we raft 2 canoes together it forms a mini catamaran which is a very stable platform and is very difficult to capsize. We also raft groups of friends together as it is a more sociable experience. It allows you to relax and enjoy the trip without the concern of getting wet. Sometimes if the conditions are poor we may deem it necessary to raft all canoes. If you would like to take advantage of our rafting option please let us know when you arrive, so we can prepare the necessary equipment.


The time that you have chosen when placing your booking is the arrival time at the canoe centre. When you arrive we will ask you to familiarise yourselves with the finish point, so you don’t paddle past. Then get you kitted out with a buoyancy aid, paddle and dry barrel and talk you through the safety briefing. Please do not be late as we operate on a tight schedule and cannot always accommodate late comers.


Ensure that you bring both sun protection and waterproof jackets. Hats and sunglasses are very useful on sunny days and suntan lotion is essential. You also want to ensure that you have food and drink for a picnic. There are some nice green areas to stop off en route. Please ensure you bring a bag for your litter and that you dispose of it correctly at the end of your canoe trip. We have a large black bin at the gate when you return. Make sure you have a mobile phone that can go with you, just in case you need to contact us whilst your on the river.


The Paddle’ Picnic Hampers are great for those going on a canoe trip down the river. Recently we have gone into partnership with ‘The Paddle cafe’ and ‘The Inn on the Wye’ to create an essential paddler’s lunch. Hamper’s are designed for 2 people to share when out on an adventure. Filled with delicious and nutritious food, to supply you with plenty of energy for your day out on the river with family and friends. They also offer a kids lunch box for 1, packed with fun snacks, a sandwich, and a yummy drink to quench their thirst. Please ensure you pre-order your hamper in advance so that you can collect it from the Kerne Bridge launch point either at the start of your trip or on your stop-off half way.

Please click here for details


Normal clothing is suitable, but it is advisable to wear clothes that dry relatively quickly like synthetic layers/fleeces. Try to avoid clothing that gets waterlogged, try to avoid denim/jeans. We suggest that you bring a change of clothing and a towel in case you get wet. Which you can take with you in the dry barrel that we supply. If it is a rainy day we sell festival style ponchos for £1, that can easily be put into your bag just in case you need it.

If you have booked a trip that is at the beginning of the season (April) or at the end of the season (October) when the water temperature is cold, then we strongly advise you to bring and wear a wetsuit. Just in case you fall in. 


Wear footwear that you do not mind getting wet (trainers with good soles). Be mindful that river banks can be muddy and slippery, so shoes with grip are recommended. Do not wear flip flops or wellingtons. Wellingtons fill up with water and make it difficult to swim and flip flops tend to fall off your feet and leave you barefoot on a sharp riverbed.


If you are doing a multi-day trip, don’t forget to book your accommodation/camping in advance. Visit the accommodation page on our website for our recommended campsites and guest houses.

If you are staying at a guest house in Ross on Wye, you will need to store your canoe at the Ross Rowing Club overnight. Here is the link to pay your £3 overnight landing fee Car Park or Boat Landing Booking – Ross Rowing Club.

When undertaking a multi-day trip it might be useful to bring a small first aid kit and some insect repellent for the evenings. 

The car park at our location is pay and display, which needs to be paid at one of the ticket machines. £6 per day.


Please familiarise yourself with our safety briefing prior to your arrival, we will conduct a full brief before you depart on your trip.


If the departure for your trip is more than 14 days away we will send you a reminder email with a link in it that will allow you to pay the final balance. Please remember that any booking that has not been fully paid for prior to your trip date will result in the canoes you have reserved being made available to other people and you risk losing your deposit. 


Please follow this link MAPS to get access to the route maps for your trip. Which can be printed and brought with you. Some people even like to laminate them so they are waterproof. If you are unable to print the maps, don’t worry, we will make sure you get one.


If anyone in your booking is affected by a physical, behavioural, medical or mental condition or illness. (this includes but is not limited to: pregnancy, loss of limb, immobility, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, allergy, epilepsy) they must fill out and bring with them a medical consent safety & risk declaration form. This is so we are aware of it if we need to attend to a call out. The form can be downloaded HERE.


If you have any questions regarding your booking, either visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information on dogs, size limits, alcohol and other topics or email us via our CONTACT US

Please ensure that everyone in your booking has seen the above preparation guidelines. They can be found at the bottom of all our pages on our website. 



Canoe the Wye Ltd, Paddocks Hotel Grounds, Symonds Yat West, HR9 6BL