Hay-on-Wye to Hereford

Hay on Wye to Hereford canoeHay on Wye to Hereford Canoe or Kayak Route Description

Our Hay on Wye to Hereford canoe or kayak trip is a popular long section of the river taking two days, stopping at Preston-on-Wye overnight. It incorporates beautiful scenery and wildlife and makes an excellent weekend out for those wanting to go a bit further.


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.

From Hereford rowing club campsite, it’s just a short walk into the city centre with easy access to all the bars and pubs. If you are after the best curry and pint in town, then we recommend heading over to the Barrels pub, owned by Wye Valley Breweries, before going into the Jalsagor to eat. There are lots of other places to eat and drink as well to satisfy any cravings hungry people that have paddled all day might have. For breakfast we recommend heading over to Diego’s cafe in Bridge Street for a full English.

Hay on Wye to Hereford canoe and kayakWe have both kayaks and canoes available to hire

Launch and Landing Points

The access point for Canadian canoes & kayak hire is located about 100 meters below Hay Bridge on the right hand bank where there is also a small car park (free).

The launch and landing point in Preston-on-Wye is at New Court Farm, Wye Camp Here.

The landing point in Hereford is on the right hand bank underneath the A49 bridge. Short term parking is available in Asda’s carpark at the bottom corner closest to the river. There is good access to get on and off the river and long stay parking can be found next to the old bridge on Wye Street.

Day 1: Hay-on-Wye to Preston-on-Wye Canoe or Kayak

Distance: 20 miles
Time: Full day

Day 2: Preston-on-Wye to Hereford Canoe or Kayak

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


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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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