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Review of Wye Canoes Ltd

Wye Canoes Ltd
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Owner description: Based in beautiful Symonds Yat on the banks of the Wye, Wye Canoes are the Premier Adventure Company in the Wye Valley and provide highly Experienced and Professional Canoe, Kayak & Bike Hire, River Guiding, Paddlesport Instruction, Climbing, Bushcraft, Gorge Walking etc. With the best location and the most experienced Instructors we have everything you need for an unforgettable experience for a half day, full day or multi-day trip anywhere along the Wye Valley and both Bunkhouse and B&B accommodation is available. We hold an AALA license for Youth Groups and are an approved BCU Centre and Duke of Edinburgh Activity Provider.
Reviewed May 31, 2012

My girl and I hired a 2 man canoe for the day and we were taken in the minibus to Ross on Wye and spent the day lazily paddling back to Symonds Yat West.
The guy in charge (didn't get his name, sorry) was excellent and really friendly and, thank God, didn't bore the pants off us with 50 minute 'elf and safety briefings. Everything was really well explained in a clear manner and we felt confident about having a fun day on a stunning river setting.
The price was good, the service top notch and the day was only slightly spoiled by my lazy girlfriend who didn't paddle for the last 4 miles.
Thanks for a great day!

Thank Dan P
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We chose the perfect weekend for a two-day canoeing experience on the river Wye. The weather was absolutely stunning and made the experience even more memorable. We were a group of 27 and had arranged to meet Wye Canoes at the Ye Olde Ferrie Inn (where they are based) at 9:45 on Saturday morning. It was a 10-minute walk from the campsite where we were staying (Sterrett's Caravan Park). Despite our best efforts, we were running late and missed our spot. When we finally arrived, it took a long time until everything was sorted, i.e. until we’d been given our vests, paddles and barrels. We also had to wait a while for the minibuses to arrive to drive us to our starting point. However, we were relieved that Wye Canoes didn’t get more annoyed with us for running so late, and when we finally did set off in the canoes (at 11:45!) we still had plenty of time to make our way back to Symmonds Yat. We stopped at one of the pubs on the way, although it turned out to be the “wrong pub”, not the one they recommend where you stop right under the bridge but the one after that. The food was decent enough though.

The only thing we did feel a little miffed about was that although we had ordered nine 3-person canoes they only had five, so they turned some 2-person canoes into 3-seaters by adding an extra seat, although really the canoes were too small for this so we were a bit squashed (especially with the barrel on board as well). Not a big deal but disappointing, especially as we had booked in advance and were not a Groupon deal.

On the second day, we managed to get to the meeting point in time and the canoes were already waiting for us. This time, there were enough 3-seaters and we were able to set off straight after a security briefing about some rapids on this stretch of the river. We had to wear helmets for the first 20 minutes of the trip. The rapids were manageable, only one accident where one of our canoes hit a big rock in the middle of the rapids. Although they did not capsize, one of the passengers hit his shins on a crossbar with quite some impact and had two massive bumps to show for it.

Wye Canoes had told us about a beautiful pub in Redbrook, which was our final destination, and we got there in record time. The pub (The Boat Inn) is beautiful indeed, food good and portions absolutely massive!

We were told that there was a “beach” somewhere on the way where we could stop and have a swim, which we would have liked to do but we couldn’t see anything resembling a beach. That was a shame as the trip to Redbrook is quite short, and stopping off would have been great especially in the sunshine. When I asked one of the drivers on the way back where the beach was meant to be, he didn’t know what I was talking about. Would be good if staff could agree on the information they give us!

To arrange a pick-up from Redbrook, we called Wye Canoes once we’d arrived and asked to be picked up at 2.30 PM. They were running a little late (but fair enough!) but picked us up alright and took us back to Symonds Yat.

All in all a fantastic weekend and excellent canoeing experience. Take a spare set of clothes in case you capsize and don’t keep your mobile phones or cameras in pockets (as some of us did) because you will get completely soaked if you capsize!

Thank Meerurlaub
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We arrived to the Old Ferrie Inn for our pickup and half day of canoeing. As complete novices, we didn't know what to expect. After a lovely welcome, and preparation for our trip, we were transported up river to Kerne bridge, where we were to paddle back to the Old Ferrie Inn, and our car. We soon got into the swing of things and we spent a really fab couple of hours on the river. The wye is just so beautiful.... Fairly quiet this Easter Bank Holiday because of the poor weather, but we really didn't mind getting a bit wet ! We can't wait to do it again, loved every minute !!

Thank TJW_Woking
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

I heard of this attraction (and to be fair of this place) through Groupon, and we went a couple of weekends ago to enjoy a canoeing & hiking day. Everything was very well organised and the whole team make it such an enjoyable experience. We had lunch at Ye Old Ferrie Inn, which was delicious! The river is beautiful so would definitely would like to go back for the summer! Thanks to Rowena and the whole team for being so professional and friendly!

Thank MarianaDV
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

We did the half day canoeing and half day orienteering at a great rate through Groupon.

We both had a fabulous day in glorious sun, in February!

The canoeing was great, a nice relaxing paddle from the drop off point to the Ferry Inn, a good work out or quite relaxing, you can pretty much set your own pace.

Lunch at the Ferry Inn was delicious (not inc - but breakfaat was) following which we paddled through the rapids to the start point for orienteering. They provide dry bags/barrells to take on board and will also take your dry things (valuables, spare clothes etc) for you in the mini bus, just in case you do get a bit wet.

Orienteering lasted about 2.5 hours (or less for those who ran) and was an easy introductory course.

The guides on this trip were brilliant, friendly, informative and a pleasure to spend the day with. Special thanks to Woody, our canoe guide/expert for the day.

Highly reccommended.

1  Thank JasonCook
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