Fun on the river is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a holiday in Ross-on-Wye or of staying for a short break or long weekend. Meandering down the river by canoe, on your own or with a group, and watching the world drift by at a pace our forefathers would have recognised, with time to really see the river and the countryside around it, is one of the real pleasures in life.

There are canoe hire companies all along the river, including one in Ross-on-Wye itself and there is a launch area close to the Hope & Anchor pub on Wye Street.

But there is more to canoe hire than meets the eye. For the more adventurous, some of these companies offer mountain and trail bike hire in combination with canoeing or paddling and some even offer bushcraft and ‘back to nature’ experiences.



The River Wye Canoe Hire

Unit 6A Martins Grove Business Park, Symonds Yat West, HR9 6BJ Symonds Yat
Herefordshire Tel: 01600 890470 Mobile: 07525 377437


Wyedean Canoe Hire

Wyedean Canoe Centre, Symonds Yat East, Ross-On-Wye, HR9 6JL

Wye Canoes

Hillcrest, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6BN Tel: 01600 890027 Mobile: 07789 895082





Canoe The Wye

Paddocks Hotel, Symonds Yat West, HR9 6BL. Tel:  01600 891100


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Annual Dragon race at Ross-on-Wye rowing club


Britain’s most popular participation sport has seen Ross-on-Wye attracting anglers for generations and no wonder. There are private fishing clubs along the river but for day tickets to fish in the immediate area of Ross-on-Wye the local angling centre Wye Angling, 



Cycle routes to suit all levels and abilities from serious trail riders to families enjoying a gentle ride can be found within a stone’s throw of Ross-on-Wye.

Perhaps the longest established is Pedalaway located at Cannop in the Forest of Dean, around 20 minutes from Ross-on-Wye. But there are trails in and around Chase Woods and Penyard Hill that are said by some to be ‘world class’ that are closer to home. Ross-on-Wye & District Cycling Club can provide details of conventional cycling events and off-road.

Cycle hire details and maps of routes close to Ross-on-Wye are to come.

And  there is The Wye Valley Mountainbike Hire Company.





Every year there is a Walking Festival organised by Walkers Are Welcome that attracts walkers of all abilities and ages to a host of walks with viewpoints, historical monuments, riverside and woodland strolls as well as longer treks for the more adventurous.

Some maps and information on local walks here.

For the most comprehensive list of walks in the area go to the Walkers Are Welcome Walks Directory.