River Wye Canoe and Tipi Adventure Trips

Get your group together and come and canoe down the River Wye with us, stay in our fantastic tipis for the weekend or for a night. It is a fantastic experience and great for groups small or large, we specialise in corporate and business teams, stag and hen groups, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th birthday celebrations, friends reunions and get togethers. The section of the Wye we use is by far the most special and scenic, offering a great, fun set of rapids, convenient riverside pubs for lunch stops or pebble beaches for picnics.

We offer a good range of options to fit in with group travel times and other commitments, below you will find a great trip to best fit your group, weekend tipi hire is a very popular option with all the trips described below, you can check in from 5pm on the Friday evening, earlier is possible by special arrangement. We only have to meet and introduce the first arrivals of each group so don't worry if you can't all make it at the same time.

How things work

When you make a booking please give this page link to the rest of the group, so they can see and print the MAP, USEFUL INFO, Diy BBQ menu and T&C's in the website footer. There is a parking area on the tipi site where you can leave your cars and overnight kit, aim to arrive half an hour before your activity meeting time to allow time to get your group together and walk a few fields downstream to the canoe centre where the canoeing starts and finishes, we brief all groups about the river and provide some basic instruction, when you arrive back in Monmouth you just have to check in at the canoe centre and then wander back to the tipi meadow. On your return we will meet you and introduce you to your tipi(s), we will show you how they work and make sure you are settled in, DIY BBQ setups are delivered around 17:30. Tipi checkout is 11am on your last day, they must be left clean and tidy as found, there is rubbish and recycling facilities on site.

1. Choose a canoeing itinerary

Select a River Wye canoeing itinerary from our most popular combinations below.
Option A - 7 Miles

Option A - 7 Miles

Short day canoe trip, 7 miles

A very popular itinerary, with sociable timings allowing people time to travel to us, this river trip takes in the best of the Lower Wye including Symonds Yat rapids and the gorgeous wooded river valley below where the Forest of Dean meets the Wye Valley making this an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a pub lunch at Ye Olde Ferrie Inne or a picnic on route it's your choice. The canoe trip finishes around 4pm when you move into your tipi(s) for the evening, get the campfire burning and we deliver your DIY BBQ setup if booked in advance.

Day 1 - Canoe Trip Timings: 11:30 - 16:00
Day 2 - Check out of tipis:11:00 AM
Option B - 14.5 miles

Option B - 14.5 miles

Full day canoe trip, covering 14.5 miles

This is the classic long day trip which covers the main famous 'Wye Tour' route, the birthplace of British Tourism due to it's natural beauty, written about by Wordsworth & Gilpin, it is a long trip and quite physical but a great full day journey, pub lunch or picnic on route is up to you, the famous Symonds Yat rapids confront you around lunch time. The canoe trip finishes around 4pm when you move into your tipi(s) for the evening, get the campfire burning and we deliver your Diy BBQ setup if booked.

Day 1 - Canoe Trip Timings: 09:00 - 16:00
Day 2 - Check out of tipis:11:00 AM
Option C - 7 miles & 5 miles

Option C - 7 miles & 5 miles

Two short day canoe trips, covering 12 miles in total

A great itinerary starting late morning, allowing people to travel to us, this river trip takes in the best of the Lower Wye including Symonds Yat rapids and the gorgeous wooded river valley below where the Forest of Dean meets the Wye Valley making this an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), pub lunch or picnic on route is up to you. On day 1 the canoe trip finishes around 4pm when you move into your tipi(s) for the evening, get the campfire burning and we deliver your Diy BBQ setup if booked.

Day 2 starts canoeing at 10:45 and you paddle for a further 5 miles down the river, it's a lovely trip with gentle rapids and lots of kingfishers, lunch is available at the famous Boat Inn in Redbrook at midday, then you are picked up and returned to Monmouth to depart for around 15:30.

Day 1 (7 miles) timings: 11:30 AM - 16:00
Day 2 (5 miles) timings: 10:45 AM - 15:00
Day 2 Tipi check out: before canoeing, cars may be left in tipi parking area until after canoeing
Option D - 14.5 miles & 5 miles

Option D - 14.5 miles & 5 miles

Full & short day of canoeing, covering 19.5 miles in total

On day 1 this trip covers the main famous 'Wye Tour' route, the birthplace of British Tourism due to it's natural beauty, visited by Wordsworth & Gilpin, it is a long trip and quite physical but a great full day journey, pub lunch or picnic on route is up to you. On day 1 the canoe trip finishes around 4pm when you move into your tipi(s) for the evening, get the campfire burning and we deliver your DIY BBQ setup if booked.

Day 2 starts canoeing at 10:45 for a further 5 miles down the river, it's a lovely trip with gentle rapids and lots of kingfishers, lunch is available at the famous Boat Inn at midday, then you are picked up and returned to Monmouth to depart for around 15:30. Be sure to pack away your overnight gear before going canoeing. Day 1 (14.5 miles) timings: 09:00 AM - 16:00
Day 2 (5 miles) timings: 10:45 AM - 15:00
Day 2 Tipi check out: before canoeing, cars may be left in tipi parking area until after canoeing

2. Choose your tipis

Select from SIMPLE or COMFORT, weekend or just 1 night. 1 tipi will have an internal fire pit so you can enjoy a campfire even if it rains! (It doesn't much, the Wye Valley is aka the Costa Del Wye Valley) Each group has their own separate area with a good distance from other groups, we don't mix group types so you would only find other celebrating groups in the same field. We set up tipis every week so if have three we will put them in a circle forming your very own tribal camp! There is a central outdoor fireplace and some wooden benches surrounding it. We provide outdoor shelters for large groups with the BBQ option. There are portable toilet facilities only on site, showers are available at the leisure centre 10 minutes walk away by the canoe centre, please see the map for directions and opening hours. The Useful Info has a section on what to bring.

SIMPLE Tipis

These are set up with coir matting and sheepskins only, you need to bring your own camping mats and sleeping bag/pillow.

Capacity: These will sleep up to 5

COMFY Tipis

These are set up with coir matting, sheepskins, thick Vango Comfort sleeping mats and floor chairs, you need to bring your own sleeping bag/pillow.

Capacity: These are set up for up to 5 people.

3. Choose DIY BBQ deliveries

Decide whether you would like to take advantage of our excellent DIY BBQ delivery service and have everything taken care of for you. Choose from evening only or evening plus breakfast the next day. You can have this service as many evenings as required, we don't offer breakfast only. All you need to sort out yourselves then is your evening drinks, maybe some nibbles and dessert if you wish.
So to get your River Wye canoe & tipi break under way, CONTACT US now. Include your preferences and details about your group, how many, age range, if it is a special occasion, arrival time and when you need to leave.

FAQ's

1What shall I bring to stay in tipis?
If you are in SIMPLE Tipis:

Camping mat (airbeds are not advisable as they take too much space), Sleeping bag, Pillow, Torch, Wash kit, water bottle, Warm jacket & a hat as the evenings can be cold.

If you are in COMFY Tipis: Sleeping bag, Pillow, Torch, Wash kit, water bottle, Warm jacket & a hat as the evenings can be cold.

A camping cooking kit if you are not having the DIY BBQ deliveries for all of your stay is a good idea.

2What should I wear and take canoeing/kayaking?

It's best to wear shorts, t-shirt and old trainers(not flip flops), take along a fleece, a waterproof jacket, any emergency medication you may require such as inhalers or epi pens, cash for lunch if you are stopping off, a water bottle and some snacks to keep you going.

A dry storage barrel is provided for each canoe so you can put your spare jumper, jacket etc in there whilst canoeing to ensure they keep dry. Anything you take along with you is your responsibility. You may get wet so have a change of clothes and a towel in the car to change into afterwards.