River Kayaking

Afon Glaslyn | ©Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales


River Kayaking

The Glaslyn is a very fine river but it is also one with some major contrasts in its character. The upper section between Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas is a worthwhile run but keep an eye out for look out for trees and low bridges.The section from Llyn Dinas and past Beddgelert provides a splendid class II run. Below Beddgelert the river is swelled somewhat by the confluence of Afon Colwyn.

The character then changes dramatically at the entrance to the Aberglaslyn Gorge. This legendary section may be short (only about 1.5km) but it is certainly action packed, particularly if it is attempted in full flood when it becomes a very committing grade V run.

Below the gorge the valley opens up and the river transforms into a tranquil meander down to the coast at Porthmadog.

There is a National Trust facilitated access agreement for Afon Glaslyn. There are significant restrictions on the use of the river by paddlers. The gorge itself is closed to canoeists and kayakers between March 20th and October 17th. Elsewhere there are minimum water level indicators - if the water is less than 0.75m then access is not allowed. For more details check out the Glaslyn Arrangement leaflet on the Snowdonia Active website:

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The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Kayaking and canoeing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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