River activities

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, 


Everything for the angler. Ross-on-Wye attracts droves of anglers each year. This well-stocked shop is a haven for fishermen (and women).

4 High Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HL Tel: 01989 218081



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. Walkers flock to Ross-on-Wye to explore the town and the surrounding countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

One of the most popular walks in the town is named after a famous philanthropist who lived in Ross-on-Wye, John Kyrle – known as The Man of Ross. It begins in a lay-by by Wilton Bridge on the outskirts of the town where you descend steps down to the riverside. The walk heads straight on with the river to your right then eventually bends around left to rise up onto a track high above on the sandstone cliff. The walk returns to the town entering through the grounds of St Mary’s Church and down to the High Street. More information and a map can be found here.







Some maps and information on other local walks are here.

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



Ross-on-WyeTennis club welcomes players of all ages and all abilities. Professional coaching is available. Grand slam winners have made guest appearances.

Walford Road, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 5AR,  01989 566607 (answerphone)


Music venues abound in the clubs, pubs and halls in and around the town. For a perfect Sunday afternoon picnic, why not join hundreds of locals and visitors alike to listen to Bands In The Park – mainly brass bands playing every Sunday during the summer season at the bandstand, Wye Street.

There is also the Proms in the Park musical extravaganza for music lovers.




Park Run

Ross-on-Wye has joined the national Park Run initiative to get people of all ages and levels of fitness, fitter and healthier. Most Saturdays there is a five-kilometre park run circuit close to the Ross-on-Wye Sports Club. All are welcome. Full details of how to register and take parts with course details and dates can be seen here.

Linear Arboretum

Ross-on-Wye has created a linear Arboretum of around 163 trees, including many rare species, to attract visitors, contribute to its conservation agenda and add natural beauty to the riverside. You can stroll along the river bank from Wilton Bridge to the canoe launch by the pub car park then continue in a loop around Rope Walk.

It is an ideal open air activity and a fascinating experience for those keen on nature and conservation and a treat for all ages (and who doesn’t love trees).

Map Rope Walk section

Map Long Acre section