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River Wye

The River Wye is tidal from its outflow at the Severn Estuary for 15 miles (24.1 km) to Bigsweir Bridge, and this section can be used by a range of craft, depending on the state of the tide.  Further upstream, the river has long been popular with canoeists and trip boats, and occasionally even large barges have made it upstream as far as Hereford when water levels after heavy rain have allowed.  There are no locks or other navigation structures.

Map showing the River Wye

Waterway notes


Navigation Authority

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.