want to canoe? are another one of our exclusive discount map businesses, offering discounts and special offers to all of our guests. We had a chat with Aubrey and Clare about their business, Brecon Beacons secrets, canoeing tips and more!
1: Tell us about your business
Racquety Farm, Hay on Wye is the home of want to canoe?
It is a family-run farm owned and managed by want to canoe? partners, Geoff and Ros. Aubrey and Clare manage and operate the canoes, so they’re most likely to be your guides and points of contact when you come for an activity but from a wider perspective, it’s important to us for everyone to feel part of the farm and ‘at home’ when visiting.
The farm does not pretend to be an agri-business; it is a small farm run solely by Geoff and Ros on Organic Farming Principals and is inspected by the Soil Association. They encourage re-cycling, the use of biodegradable products and respect for the environment; be it by your tent, from your canoe or on the wider farm and surrounding countryside. The farm setting is THE postcard view of Hay-on-Wye (just check the postcards!) and offers Bed & Breakfast , Glamping and Camping accommodation, land hire for events , fishing and of-course canoeing! The land is comprised of arable pasture, orchards and woodland and Hay-on-Wye market town is just a stone’s throw away. The river bank is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), though not in the Area 51 sense……. we’ve yet to discover any alien spacecraft, but we’re always on the lookout!
So when you arrive at the canoe yard we warmly invite you to hire a canoe and discover the beauty of the River Wye. The Wye is by far one of the most beautiful rivers in the British Isles and one of the few you can navigate by canoe, without restriction, for well over 100 miles. want to canoe? offer you the chance to embark on a relaxing river adventure from several different points along the way, with an array of different routes to choose from, all with their own unique sights, sounds and smells.
From its source at the Welsh mountains at Plynlimon, the water meanders through miles of picturesque countryside and diverse wildlife, passing the bustling market towns of Hay-on-Wye, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth; the city of Hereford, and the charming, picture-postcard villages of Glasbury, Symonds Yat and Tintern, before joining the River Severn at Chepstow.
Along your journey, you can expect to see a number of spectacular and fascinating characters in their natural habitats, including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, swans and otters – all from the prime viewpoint of your canoe.
This peaceful and ever-changing setting is the ideal place to wile away a few hours, spend a day or even a week. Furthermore, what better way to get a bit of aerobic and cardiovascular exercise than canoeing the Wye? Burning calories has never been so relaxing!
2: What is your favourite Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottage?
Cusop Mill – this is a typical country cottage experience, close to Hay on Wye and also perfectly placed to easily access the amazing walks, cycle routes, river-access and more that the area also has to offer.
3: Tell us something people don’t know about Brecon Beacons
There are 1250 farms within the national park!
4: Can you share some top canoeing tips with us?
Many paddlesport novices will be attracted to canoeing by visions of leisurely days spent drifting past rolling vistas of pastoral perfection or action-packed afternoons, tackling tricky whitewater and roaring rapids.
And while the wonderful world of paddling offers these fantastic opportunities and many more, we realise that getting started can be a bit of a daunting experience for some.
For many, there is a sense that canoeing is inaccessible, while others will be put off by the idea that paddling requires a lot of expensive kit. But canoeing at a centre like ours is readily available and we are on hand to dispel those myths and help you successfully navigate your first steps into the wonderful world of paddling.
So, whether you’ve never ventured onto Britain’s waterways before or even if you’re a seasoned paddler, get in touch to see if we can’t inspire you to experience something wonderful.
5: What’s in store for your business in 2016?
2016 is our most exciting year yet! The business is 20 years old and to celebrate we are venturing into a few new projects. Not only will we continue to offer Guided Tours (through Go Canoeing) and the ever-popular canoe hire, we will also be launching Canoe Club, Hay-on-Wye here at the farm plus working in Partnership with Axe and Paddle Bushcraft and Ollie Sandeman (Freelance Instructor) to offer residential experiences incorporating wild-canoe-camp and bushcraft fundamentals. Get in touch to find out more!
want to canoe? of Hay-on-Wye is featured on our exclusive discount map. Guests of Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages will receive 2 for 1 on a full day paddle at want to canoe?, from Tuesday to Thursday.