Glasbury to Preston-on-Wye

Glasbury to Preston on Wye

Glasbury to Preston-on-Wye

We provide canoe hire from Glasbury to Preston-on-Wye (2 day trip in a canoe or kayak), amongst many other routes on the River Wye. Glasbury is a picturesque town with easy access to the river Wye, making it a great place to start this paddle downstream. It is popular with all groups, no matter what ability level they are at!

Glasbury to Preston on Wye

Setting off from Glasbury 

Glasbury to Preston-on-Wye route description

Day 1

En-route out of Glasbury you will come to Hay-on-Wye, after around 2 hours. Here groups can stop at ‘the Warren’, which is a popular public area just above Hay-on-Wye. Here you will find some rapids that are great fun to paddle down when the river is at the right level. The warren is also a popular place for groups to stop for picnic’s and BBQ’s or you can stop at the Three Tuns pub, which is only meters away from the river at the bridge in Hay-on-Wye.

The second section of river between Hay-on-Wye and Whitney-on-Wye (a further 5.5 miles) is just as stunning and as you leave the area. It therefore doesn’t take long before you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere again.

On arriving into Whitney-on-Wye, you will pass under the toll bridge (camping available) just half a mile from the finish point at The Boat Inn pub. We would recommend staying overnight at either of these locations.

Day 2

Once you have stayed overnight, then canoeing or kayaking down the river from Whitney on Wye makes a beautiful second day on the river.

This part of the River Wye is very rural and you’ll see plenty of wildlife on route. Along the way paddlers pass though Bredwardine, recognised by the stunning archways of an old red brick bridge as well as the gardens of Brobury House. Beyond this, it’s about 3 miles to Preston-on-Wye, just beyond Bycross and the Orchard Campsite, 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. 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.

Day 1: Glasbury to Whitney-on-Wye

Distance: 12 miles
Time: 5 hours in a canoe or kayak

Day 2: Whitney-on-Wye to Preston-on-Wye

Distance: 16 miles
Time: 5 hours in a canoe or kayak


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What’s included?

  • Boat hire, either canoe or kayak depending on your preference
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Waterproof barrel
  • River Map
  • Recovery by minibus or taxi to your vehicle / start point
  • Safety brief and basic instruction before setting off

 Glasbury to Preston on Wye