LOCATION: Hoarwithy to Ross-on-Wye
DISTANCE: 11.6 Miles
PADDLING TIME: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
START: Tresseck Campsite
FINISH: Ross-on-Wye Rowing Club
STRAVA ROUTE: https://www.strava.com/activities/3804540362
With a shorter day ahead we departed later than previous days for what would be just a third of the distance from the day before. The river continued south before turning North East into a long loop before turning again and heading south into Ross-on-Wye. The only two things of real note on this short stretch were the old railway that crosses the river in two places. The bridges have long since been removed but their supporting pillars and columns still stand tall as an eerie reminder of our industrial past. After them came a split in the river with 3 channels of varying suitability to choose from. After inspecting each carefully we chose the most exciting and fast flowing, crossed our fingers no jagged rocks lay just beneath the surface ready to puncture our boards and headed into the small torrent of water.
On arriving into Ross the view is spoiled initially by the presence of the A40 road bridge obscuring the view but once underneath, Ross is presented in all its glory stretching high up on the hill side to the left. Just before the town lies the Ross-on-Wye rowing club and campsite which was to be our rest spot for the night. With the afternoon free we indulged ourselves with a refreshing pint and some pub food before exploring and rambling our way through the streets back to the camp site.
The site is basic but had everything we needed. The showers are currently closed but the toilets, washing up area and drinking water were all more than we needed. The site is run by volunteers and well worth the support of anyone passing through as the monies raised get invested back into the club and helps to keep people out on the water.