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From Monmouth the Wye continues towards Tintern. From the river, you have a fantastic view of Tintern Abbey, referred to by many as the “Perfect ruined Abbey”. The River Wye goes behind Tintern Abbey, giving canoeing groups a great aspect of the Abbey.
The last leg of the River Wye stretches between Tintern And Chepstow, before joining the River Severn. Canoeing groups must reach Tintern by high tide allowing you to paddle with the out going current to Chepstow.
Monmouth is home to two other rivers, the Monnow and the Trothy. The town is steeped in history. It is also the birth place of Henry V and has many attractions and sites to visit.
It is hotly contested as to whether Monmouth is English or Welsh. The mixture of culture is highlighted at the annual Monmouth festival of music and arts. On a cultral note, it is a little known fact that Queen composed Bohemian Rhapsody here.
Canoeists can land close to the abbey. There are good facilities here including free parking and public conveniences.
Warning: From here River Wye becomes tidal and groups with experienced paddlers should only continue with a qualified instructor.
On arriving you’ll see Chepstow Castle high upon the cliff top, giving an impressive backdrop to the finish line. Once under the old bridge there is a pontoon to get off the river, with good access and parking close by.
Today Chepstow is best known for horse racing, but historically it was a walled town with a fully functioning port. Like all locations on the River Wye, Chepstow is a beautiful town with many visiting tourists each year. There are many hotels, B&B’s and guest houses along with some fantastic places to eat and drink.
Distance: 11.5 miles
Time: 5-6 hours in a canoe or kayak
Distance: 6.5 miles
Time: 3 hours in a canoe or kayak
Facilities in these locations
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