Canoe Hire Glasbury
Kayak Hire and Canoe Hire Glasbury
This is the highest Canadian canoe / kayak hire point on the River Wye and also one of the most popular sections. Glasbury has great facilities in the area with the River Wye Bunkhouse, River Wye Campsite and River Wye Activity Centre for a variety of accommodation. For food & drink there is Foyles as well as the River Cafe, both which we would recommend. With easy access to the River Wye, making this a very popular place to start a half day paddle to Hay-on-Wye which is only 5.5 miles or to The Boat Inn at Whitney-on-Wye which is 11 miles.
Glasbury-on-Wye is also a great point to start from for full day trips to Whitney-on-Wye, two day trips to Preston on Wye or extended trips to Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Symonds Yat, Monmouth and Chepstow.
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Canoe and kayak routes from Glasbury
For a morning or afternoon out paddling we recommend: Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye (5.5 miles, 2 hours)
From Glasbury groups can stop at the warren, which is a popular public area just above Hay-on-Wye. Here you’ll find a few rapids that are great fun to paddle down,when the rivers at the right level. The warren is also a popular place for groups to stop for picnic’s and BBQ’s. Alternatively you can stop at the Three Tuns pub which is only meters away from the river at the end of the bridge in Hay-on-Wye.
Historically Hay-on-Wye is best known for it’s book shops and in recent times, has become even more well known through the success of Hay Festival. Hay-on-Wye has many facilities on offer and is a very popular tourist destination.
For full day paddling we recommend: Glasbury to Whitney-on-Wye (stopping at Hay on Wye for lunch). (11 miles, 4-5 hours)
If you decide to paddle on from Glasbury downstream past Hay-on-Wye, the second section of river between Hay-on-Wye and Whitney-on-Wye is just as stunning. On arriving into Whitney-on-Wye, you’ll pass under the Toll Bridge (we recommend the campsite here) just half a mile from the finish point at The Boat Inn pub, where the Pound B&B / Bunkhouse & Campsite is based.
We are also offering a paddleabout in the Glasbury area for a half day, which negates the need for any shuttle bus transport at all. This might be a good option if you are keen to get on the water, but taking as little risk as possible in the current climate.
Launch and Landing Points
Launch and Landing Points
The launch/landing points and meet points will be explained to you on booking. Don’t forget we also have the capability to provide canoe or kayak hire from any of our other landing points on the River Wye, so if you want to explore more of the river, then take a look!
- 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
All bookings need to fill out the form in the top right corner of this page for us to get right back to you with availability and pricing. If you just have a quick question however, call us direct on 01432 264 807.
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River levels, Glasbury
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Accommodation in Glasbury
Here is a list of the accommodation we would recommend using if you are staying near Glasbury.
River Wye Bunkhouse Sleeping up to 27 people right on the banks of the river Wye.
River Wye Campsite A great affordable campsite with launch access to the river. Campfires allowed as well as hot showers available!
River Wye Activity Centre for larger groups, school trips and youth groups.
Broomfield House – for those wanting to make it a really special trip with a bit of luxury.
Pubs and Cafés
Pubs and Cafés
There are plenty of great places to eat in Glasbury! Here are a few of our favourites:
The River Cafe – a lovely setting right on the river.
Foyles of Glasbury – Country-chic rooms in a refined boutique hotel offering a warm restaurant & free breakfast.
The Harp Inn – The Harp Inn Glasbury On Wye is a traditional Country Inn. Locally sourced fresh food and offers B&B too.
The Old Barn Inn – The Old Barn Pub and Restaurant situated on the side of the Wye River in Three Cocks Brecon. Perfect for the whole family to come have a meal
Black Mountain Lodge – The Black Mountain Lodge is a delightful family-run 4 Star Bed & Breakfast situated at the foothills of the Black Mountains within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Railway Restaurant – The Railway Restaurant offers delicious, freshly prepared meals 7 days of the week.
Tomatitos Tapas Bar – Food is made from the best ingredients sourced locally from the wonderful profusion of growers and makers on the Welsh borders, from artisan bread to the best seasonal veg
Here are some local events coming up in this area in 2021:
The Hay Festival – Wed, 26th May – Sun, 6th June 2021, a must-see if you are in the area over these dates!
Steam & Vintage Rally – Sun 8th August 2021 – The Rally is an event which caters for all the family – nostalgic vintage items for the older generation, entertainment for the children and plenty to interest everyone else
Brecon Jazz Festival – Fri, 13th Aug – Sun, 15th Aug – The Brecon Jazz Festival is a music festival held annually in Brecon and has played host to a range of jazz musicians from across the world. In addition to the various Jazz Concerts
Green Man Festival – Thurs, 19th Aug – Sun, 22nd Aug 2021 is an independent music and arts festival held annually in mid-August in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. Founded in 2003, it has evolved into a 25,000 capacity four-day event, showcasing predominantly live music.