River Wye

River Wye

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River Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Further Information

No licence is required to paddle from below Hay-on-Wye.

Distance: 155 miles

The River Wye is the fifth longest river in Britain. It winds its way from the Welsh mountains to join the River Severn at Chepstow. For much of its length it cleaves a gentle split between England and Wales.

The Wye is one of the finest lowland landscapes in Britain, with plant and animal life of international importance.

Builth Wells in Wales is a particularly beautiful stretch of the Wye. Some of the most spectacular scenery occurs where the river’s tributaries fall into the river. The waterfalls make it especially rich in marine life.

Wildlife on the River Wye

The whole length of the river is protected as a site of special scientific interest. From Hereford onwards you enter The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

On the river you can see kingfishers, otters and salmon, which is an exciting prospect as you paddle along. You’ll also get the chance to paddle through the Forest of Dean where you can see wild boar and deer roaming freely.

Whether you’re looking for a gentle day out or a multi day adventure, there are few rivers better than the Wye. If you’ve not got your own equipment, check out the hire providers there. You can find these on the map above.

Paddle UK owns two sites on the Wye. Symonds Yat Rapid is an iconic location. Volunteers protect and maintain the area and have done for two years.

The other site is a field in the village of Hoarwithy, which is well placed for an overnight wildcamp. You’ll need prior permission to camp.