Adventure on the River Wye
The most popular activity for guests of all ages is a half day meander down the River Wye. Hire a kayak or a Canadian canoe and paddle your way down a quiet unspoilt and beautifully serene stretch of the River. And as all the hire companies collect you at your destination there’s no need to paddle back upstream!
We recommend a number of companies depending on your requirements.
Wye Valley Canoes - an excellent choice if you fancy a tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner, cake, coffee or beer before or after your canoe trip as they are situated right next door to the River Cafe. Definitely the food lovers choice! Minimum age requirement is 7 years.
Contact them at wyevalleycanoes.co.uk on 01497 847213
Want to Canoe - a friendly bunch based right in Hay on Wye so perfect if you want to combine a canoe trip with a meander round the town or head for an ice cream afterwards!
Contact Aubrey and Claire at canoehire.co.uk on 01497 820604
Celtic Canoes - new kids on the block but definitely the canoe chiefs of the River Wye. Give Josh a call on 07515 905419, he starts you off from Glasbury so you can still include The River Cafe in your itinerary! celticcanoes.co.uk
Riverstrokes - if you fancy an experienced guide and some top tips in river skills then Riverstrokes could be for you. Ask for details of age appropriate courses but River Skills for teens is an option.
Contact Dan at riverstrokes.co.uk on 01874 676102
The Brecon Beacons National Park, Herefordshire and South Wales is home to some of the most perfect spots for Wild Swimming. Ask us for our recommendations locally or check out the following sites.
Adventure on the land
Explore the surrounding countryside directly from the site. Hop on a bike and let your senses guide you, there’s plenty of undulating common land to while away a few hours or just pop out for a quick blast! if you’d rather take the pressure off book yourself an experienced guide.
Bike hire available from the site. Just ask Theo as we have a small fleet of different sized bikes plus a couple of kids bikes and a child seat for rent at any time. Theo is also happy to come along for the ride and guide you over the common land near by. We can also provide you with maps and routes for a quick blast or a leisurely ride taking in a pub en-route.
At Drovers Cycles Anna and Luke believe that Wales is best explored slowly, on foot or by bike and they offer a number of tailored packages for every fitness level, easy to strenuous. Hire a bike and take off with a guided map, book a guide or wander off on one of their organised walking trails.
Based in Hay on Wye - Cycles can be delivered to Cosy Under Canvas and we have maps on site of routes right from your doorstep. Again, many of their rides are family friendly and involve a stop in a pub or cafe for lunch.
Contact Anna at droverholidays.co.uk on 01497 822419
Horse riding on the local common land is another rewarding way to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Situated only 2 miles from Cosy Under Canvas you can pop along whatever your ability. Take an hour trek up onto the common land and if you’re not a confident rider one of the stable hands will lead your pony. The views are simply stunning.
Contact Becky at Bryngwyn Riding Centre at ridinginwales.com on 01497 851669
It could be your thing and you may just fancy a round while you’re here. Rosgoch and Kington Golf Clubs are very close by. Kington is perched high up on the hill side and it boasts the position of highest in the UK so you can take in the stunning views as you putt away.
Climbing and Activity Sessions
Wales’ only indoor natural rock climbing centre and indoor zip line is right on our doorstep. Full and Half day activity sessions for families are available that incorporate climbing, high ropes course, assault scramble and/or horse riding. Particularly good if it’s a rainy day as some of the activities are inside.
Contact activityuk.com or call 0333 6002020
Activity days and half days
The Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park are an open, outdoor adventure playground. Brace yourselves for adventure with a high ropes course, archery, abseiling or climbing or give caving, potholing or mountain boarding a go.
Black Mountain Activities are the best bet for a couple or family friendly session. Book yourselves onto one of their land or water activity days or half days. Contact them direct for information about age appropriate activities for you and your family.
Contact them at blackmountain.co.uk on 01497 847897
Traditional Nordic games adapted for 21st Century fun
This centre South-West of Hereford is home to a fantastic range of viking inspired, family friendly, group activities. Six traditional nordic games to try out, to include Axe Throwing, Archery, Bullrings, Kubb, Molkky and Stige. Come and test your ability and agility to see whether you have what it takes to become a true Viking warrior.
thevikinggames.co.uk or call 01981 240896 (office) / 07817 898831 (mobile)
Adventure in the Air
Ever wanted to take to the skies! This could be your opportunity. The Black Mountains Gliding Club claims to be the UK’s best ridge and wave gliding site. Trial lessons and mini courses can be purchased from £95 per person.
Contact them at blackmountainsgliding.co.uk