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Waterways | River Wye

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The River Wye is renowned for its stunning scenery and wildlife. As well as boasting some intriguing geological formations, the river valley is home to a wealth of wildlife including some of the most rare and endangered species of fish.

The River Wye is the fifth longest in Britain, rising in Wales and eventually forming part of the border between England and Wales. The river is largely unpolluted which makes it an incredible area for watching nature.

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Waterways are a great place to see wildlife from a very different perspective. Why not get out on the water to watch wildlife?

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Our waterways provide great opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? From bird watching to boat trips.


River Wye - Visitor Guide

Address:Builth Wells, Powys, Wales.
Postcode LD3

01982 553307 - Builth Wells tourist centre
01497 820144 - Hay-on-Wye tourist information
01600 713977 - Wye AONB


Fax:01600 772051 - Wye AONB
Key attraction: Wildlife watching - birds and fish.
Essential kit:Water-proof clothing, binoculars. Polarising sunglasses and polarising camera filter to see through the water to look for fish and marine life.
Nature watching:Best season: May-June. The last two weeks in May is best for the Sea Lampreys. May-June for other fish including Salmon and Shad. Salmon can also be spotted in Spring.
Access:Variable - some steep gradients away from valley bottom.
Getting there:

Boughrood Bridge at Llyswen in Powys, Wales is a good place to watch fish including the Sea Lampreys. It is located off the A470 near Glasbury north of Brecon and west of Hay-on-Wye. For boat and canoe hire contact Wye Valley Canoes

Opening times:All year round.
Charges:Free access.
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