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Canoeing and kayaking on the River Wye is a popular local activity, mainly during the summer months but it is also an all year round activity for the more hardy and adventurous. You can either use your own craft or canoes can be hired to make the journey, which you may like to take a few days to complete, camping along the route. You can, of course, do only part of the journey, hiring a canoe for a day or part day.

Our intention here on Wyenot is to film the River Wye from Hereford to Symonds Yat - a total distance of about 55 miles and, so that I can get the camera gear on board, I am doing that from my small inflatable boat but the journey is the same, whatever craft chosen. So far, I have only covered Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat - a distance of about 15 miles by river which takes about six hours and includes beautiful views of Wilton Bridge, Wilton and Goodrich Castles Kerne Bridge, the Lydbrook Viaduct and Huntsham Bridge. I will film the other parts of the full route over the coming year as time and filming conditions allow.

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Journey on the River Wye: Ross-on-Wye to Symonds Yat.

The only fast water place to look out for between Ross and Symonds Yat is under Kerne Bridge, where it is advisable to keep to the left of the island once under the bridge.

We have made two attempts at filming Ross to Symonds Yat. The first time Tina and I shared the boat, making it cramped for filming and the water was too low for my particular boat and I ended up walking and pulling the boat along at times. I shot most of that film as a photomotion, using still images as this was easiest to do in the cramped conditions. It shows the river scenery well but the film above, which I shot alone, using ordinary video is perhaps easier to watch and is, to a point, narrated.

I made a mistake in the narration, saying 'herons' on the pylon at Pencraig. Blame my eye sight. They are cormorants, which are not solitary birds but you do also see lots of herons en-route. I'm not going change the narration though as there is far too much work involved, so I thought I would mention it here instead.

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Canoeing by Wilton Bridge.

Wilton Bridge.

Canoeing in the snow.

Goodrich Castle from the River Wye.

Under Yat Rock.

Kerne Bridge.

Idilic afternoon river scene.

A late afternoon river scene near Huntsham Bridge.

An earlier boat trip filmed as a 'photomotion' when water levels were low.


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