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Backwaters - Canoe and Kayak Hire

Canoe and Kayak touring is a peaceful and environmentally sustainable way to enjoy a day on the water with a waterside picnic, watch wildlife or spend a holiday exploring an area 'off the beaten track' moving between campsites or B&B's. And it's FUN!

Backwaters hire open canoes, open cockpit kayaks and, for the more experienced, closed-cockpit kayaks on a number of waterways in South Wales and the Borderland, including: Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu / Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal; Afon Gwy / River Wye; Afon Hafren / River Severn.

Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhonddu / Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

A sheltered placid waterway, ideal as a first trip for beginners, parents taking children afloat, or anyone who wants to enjoy canoeing or kayaking on placid water without rapids and weirs. The canal is navigable from Aberhonddu - Brecon to Pont y Pwl - Pontypool, offering 50 km of placid water canoe or kayak touring (100 km possible with return trip), mostly without locks, and with a tow path alongside providing easy access for breaks. Touring on Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhondu - Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal offers scenery along with historical interest. The canal was built between in area's industrial heyday of the18th-19th Century, and is linked with tramroads quarries and lime-kilns, which make it an ideal way to explore the industrial heritage of the area. Now, the canal winds peacefully through the Usk Valley, commanding spectacular views. Camlas Mynwy ac Aberhondu - Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal photographs, description and route planner.

 

Afon Gwy / River Wye

For those with some experience, the River Wye offers 75 miles of canoe touring from Y Glas ar Wy - Glasbury to Mynwy - Monmouth, mostly on grade I water, with some short sections of grade II rapids. Afon Gwy - River Wye is largely unspoilt and flows through varied and at times spectacular scenery, includng the Black Mountain and Symonds Yat Gorge. Places of interest en route include: Y Gelli - Hay-on-Wye town of books, Hereford Cathedral, and Ross on Wye. Afon Gwy / River Wye photographs, description and route planner.

 

Afon Hafren / River Severn

A free nagivation from Pool Quay to Stourport, and a British Waterways controlled navigation (licence needed) from Stourport to Gloucester. For those with some experience, the navigation offers 130 miles of canoe touring, mostly on grade I water, with some short sections of grade I and one grade III+ rapid. There are also several weirs, which need to be portaged. Touring on Afon Hafren - River Severn offers a combination of unspoilt countryside, along with occasional picturesque towns. Yr Amwythig - Shrewsbury, Historic city and Abbey, Ironbridge Gorge, Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Worcester are among the places that can be visited on a canoe tour of Afon Hafren - River Severn. Photographs, description and route planner.

 

Waterways 'á la Carte'

Starting at Welsh Frankton junction between Camlas Maldwyn - Montgomery Canal, and Camlas Llangollen canal near Oswestry, or Afon Hafren / River Severn at Stourport, where the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal joins the river, you are free to explore the waterways network as you please, providing that you finish your journey at either Welsh Frankton Junction, Welshpool, or one of the designated pick-up points on Afon Hafren / River Severn.

 

 

Backwaters welcomes canoeists who want responsibly to enjoy the waterways and countryside, respecting other users and wildlife.

If you are not sure about your ability for unaccompanied canoe hire see our Guidance for Canoe Hire page. We offer Guided Tours and a 'River Awareness' Day. We can also arrange skills training courses at various levels from beginner to open and white-water.

 

Backwaters

is associated with

Mountain & Water: Wales-wide Adventure Ltd.

For guided tours, activity holidays and courses.

 

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Last updated 04 January 2016