Whitney on Wye to Preston on Wye Route Description
If you have camped overnight, then canoeing or kayaking down the river from Whitney on Wye to Preston on Wye makes a beautiful day out. Bear in mind that due to access restrictions you may only launch from Whitney on Wye if you have camped the night before there.
This section of the River Wye is very rural and you’ll see plenty of wildlife on route. Along the way you’ll pass though Bredwardine which is easily recognised by the stunning archways of an old red brick bridge and the grade two gardens of Brobury House. From here it’s about 3 miles to Preston-on-Wye, which is just beyond Bycross and the Orchard Campsite, which is situated on the right hand bank.
As you pass the Orchard Campsite, you’ll gradually start to here the sound of Monington Falls, a short section of rapids, making this an exciting part of your trip. At the bottom of Monington Falls the river opens out and starts to slow as you approach Wye Camp Here at New Court Farm.
Wye Camp Here is a rustic campsite that allows groups to have campfires and provides packs of wood for the occasion. There is a toilet but no showers, making this ideal for groups looking for a peaceful, wild setting with lots of wildlife and stunning views all around.
Canoeing and Kayaking from Whitney on Wye to Preston on Wye
Distance: 16 miles
Time: 5 hours in a canoe or kayak
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- Boat hire, either canoe or kayak depending on your preference
- Buoyancy aids
- Waterproof barrel
- River Map
- Recovery by minibus or taxi to your vehicle / start point
- Safety brief and basic instruction before setting off
Please note that this information is only for paddlers that have camped overnight in Whitney-on-Wye
Due to access restrictions, we cannot launch from Whitney-on-Wye at the start of a trip. However, if you camp at Whitney on Wye overnight, then paddlers may launch again from the campsite in the morning.
For a different start point, check out our many other locations along the River Wye.