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“Canoeing made easy and fun by Wye Canoes - especially for a large group!”
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 September 25, 2012

We were a group of 12 lads going canoeing for my stag do. My best man had had quite a difficult time booking this trip as only a month earlier a whole group of lagered up lads had got into difficulty on the Wye and required a full scale rescue operation to get them out the schtuk when the river rose! So many of the Canoe hire companies were very hesitant to take our booking.

However, Wye Canoes took on the challenge and were very clear about the rules of hiring from them (without being preachy or overtly judgemental). When we rocked up at 8.45 with a minor change to our numbers - this was no problem at all. We were quickly suited and booted with kit including dry kegs, river guides and a safety reminder sheet, given a very good safety talk and paddling lesson and then dispatched with canoes up to Kerne Bridge to start the days canoeing.

The Canoes were all Old Town Canadian boats so very robust and in very good condition. Yes, we did have to carry the canoes down to the river but PLEASE, don't go canoeing if you are not willing to carry the darn thing!!!! In an emergency you might have to.

Off we went a paddling! It was a beautiful day and we made it to the Old Ferry pub in time for lunch, beers and a rest - plus another beer or two!

At this point we were given the option to finish at Monmouth or carry on to Redbrook which was a good option for the hardy. We opted for Monmouth as our final destination and scooted the final few miles down there over some fun grade 1 and 2 rapids and generally having a hoot.

The team at Wye Canoes picked us up in good time and we returned back to Symond Yat.

Overall the experience was superb, made even better by the lovely weather (especially for September), great service from the team at Wye Canoes, especially their friendly guidance and good hearted banter. I cannot recommend them highly enough as they juggled our large party with a few others and were on the ball all the way.

Many thanks to all the Wye Canoes Team - you made my Stag Weekend very special.

Thank RColtz
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

No complaints, very easy first canoeing experience, No fuss, hassles or pointless time wasting. All equipment was in good order and we thoroughly enjoyed the day! 1/2 day was perfect for a start but think a whole day would be better! Thanks Rowena, we will be back!

Thank Steve T
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Enjoyed the canoe down the Wye. Booked for a day - half a day would have been a bit of a rush for us. Didnt like the fact that we had to carry out own canoe (heavy!) from the van, down to the river. I ended up with bruises on my legs. Otherwise, all was well organised and equipment was good.

Thank Lucia E
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Good way to spend a few hours, but unless you are a real enthussiast 1/2 day is plenty. If you are intending to get the hand ferry from the West side be aware it often doesn't run early enough for the 10.30 start at the canoe centre on the East side.

Thank Mark B
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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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