Monmouth to Chepstow

    Monmouth to Chepstow

    Monmouth to Chepstow

    We provide Canadian canoe and kayak hire from Monmouth to Chepstow among many other locations along the river Wye. Canoeing or kaying from Monmouth to Chepstow is a fantastic day out for groups wishing to explore the spectacular lower Wye Valley. The route passes Redbrook (good place to stop for a pub lunch at either the Boat Inn or The Bell), Whitebrook and the picturesque Bigsweir Bridge. After this Llandogo, Brockweir (another landing point should you wish it), Tintern and Chepstow. The route is 18 miles and takes most groups around 6 hours in a canoe or kayak.

    Monmouth to Chepstow Route Description

    From Monmouth the River Wye continues towards Redbrook, Brockweir, Tintern and Chepstow. From the river, there are fantastic views as you pass by each location. Redbrook has an unmissable disused railway bridge that links the village to the Boat Inn pub on the right bank.

    Any groups that want to continue on from Redbrook must have experienced paddlers in the group or an instructor or river guide as the river becomes tidal between here and Bigsweir Bridge. The Boat Inn or The Bell provide great places to have lunch or an afternoon refreshment along the way.

    Further downstream paddlers will pass underneath Bigsweir Bridge. This is a Grade II listed iron structure that straddles between England and Wales and it looks as good today as the day it was opened in 1827. From here it’s a short stretch on to Brockweir.

    Bigsweir BridgeBigsweir Bridge

    Brockweir has a stone quay built into the left bank of the river, just before the bridge. We recommend groups land at this point unless they have planned the trip well in advance and know what the tide is doing on the day. Any groups continuing on should do so on the turn of the tide, to prevent paddling against the current and to ensure the river is high enough to land at either Tintern or Chepstow.


    The river Wye at Brockweir

    At Tintern the best location to land is next to the tourist information board on the roadside, between the Anchor Inn and the Abbey. There is also a car park here that makes vehicle access possible and loading easy.

    The last leg of the River Wye stretches between Tintern and Chepstow before joining the River Severn. Canoeing groups must reach Tintern just after high tide so they can paddle with the out going current to Chepstow. Arrival at low tide means the risk of disembarking out through the mud and up the banks, which is tricky and a difficult way to finish the trip.

    On arriving, Chepstow Castle can be seen rising high upon the cliff top giving an impressive backdrop to the finish line.

    Once under the old bridge at Chepstow there is a pontoon to get off the river, with good access and parking close by.

    Launch and Landing Points

    The launch and landing point in Monmoth is at Monmouth Town Rowing Club on the right hand side of the river just before the bridge. Access can be reached by car by going under the A40 underpass at the leisure centre. There is free parking right by the launch/landing point however be aware that on weekends this is often busy with rowing events.

    Other landing points are at Redbrook (on the left hand river bank just after the disused bridge), Brockweir (left hand side of river underneath bridge) Tintern (on the right hand side next to the tourist information board on the roadside, between the Anchor Inn and the Abbey) and Chepstow (beneath the old bridge on the right hand side). Please note, if you are canoeing beyond Rebrook you will need either an experienced canoer/kayaker with you, or an instructor as the river becomes tidal after this point.

    Canoeing and Kayaking from Monmouth to Chepstow

    Distance: 18 miles
    Time: 6 hours in a canoe or kayak (longer if you stop for lunch!)

    Canoeing and Kayaking from Monmouth to Brockweir

    Distance: 9 miles / Short day
    Time: 3-3.5 hours in a canoe or kayak (longer if you stop for lunch in Redbrook)

    Canoeing and Kayaking between Monmouth & Tintern Abbey

    Distance: 11.5 miles
    Time: 4 hours in a canoe or kayak

    Canoeing and Kayaking between Tintern & Chepstow

    Distance: 6.5 miles
    Time: 2 hours in a canoe or kayak

    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 start point
    • Safety brief and basic instruction before setting off


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