River Wye Canoe Camping
Organiser – Gary Box
Where – Lucksall Caravan Park, Mordiford, Hereford, HR1 4LP
When – 17th-19th May 2013 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £125.00 (includes 2 nights accommodation, canoes & equipment and transport on the river)
The River Wye is without doubt one of the best rivers to canoe on in the UK. It’s both beautifully scenic and ideal for beginners. We will leave London on Friday evening for drive to Lucksall Caravan Park which should take us about 3 hours. The trip is for a total of 16 people and I have booked 7 tent pitches (2 person tents) and 1 motorhome pitch (2 people). I always carry a 2 man tent in the motorhome that I can lend to anyone without a tent. Those with camping gear are encouraged to bring things like plates, cutlery, cups and cooking stove but I also have a kitchen in the motorhome people can use as well as spare plates, cutlery etc. I also have a fridge for storing milk etc and can charge mobiles or camera batteries if needed.
Lucksall is the best equipped campsite on the banks of the River Wye. Not only does it have beautifully landscaped grounds with level pitches but it has toilets and showers and a small shop for supplies. Our canoes are rented from Hereford Canoe Hire who are also based at Lucksall.
On Saturday morning after breakfast we will be given a basic introduction about safety on the river and shown a few basic canoe paddle strokes. The 8 (2 person) canoes, paddles, dry bags and life jackets will then to loaded up and we will be driven upstream to Byecross where we will put the canoes in. Our first adventure will be Mornington Falls, a fun but easy set of rapids to negotiate. The paddle back to Lucksall will be about 20 miles and on the route we will also pass Hereford (home of Bulmers Cider). You can often encounter some interesting wildlife on the River Wye and for stretches of it you really feel miles from civilisation. Once we get back to the campsite we will enjoy a shower and then visit the local pub (walking distance) for well earned evening meal.
On Sunday after taking the tents down and packing them in the cars we will get back on the river and continue downstream to Ross-on-Wye, a distance of 19 miles. You can either take a packed lunch in the dry bag or we can stop at a pub during the day. This is a very peaceful stretch of the river and one of the highlights will be a stop at Hoarwithy where there is a beautiful little church and quality pub. When we reach Ross-on-Wye we will be met by Hereford Canoe Hire who will take us back to the campsite. We should leave the campsite about 6pm and hopefully you will be back in London around 9pm.
What to bring
- Tent (we need 7 between us)
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- Packed lunch
- Sun screen and sun glasses