Afon Mawddach

River Kayaking

Afon Mawddach | ©Pete Catterall

Afon Mawddach

River Kayaking

The Mawddach is a truly special river and one which is sure to delight the white water enthusiast looking for an action-packed run. The wooded slopes of Coed y Brenin lend a North American feel to this classic North Wales river. The upper section from Pont Abergeirw provides a gentle warm up but things soon turn tricky as the gorge closes in and steepens up; plenty of inspection is required and there is no shame in choosing to portage the more intimidating drops.

Further downstream make sure you don’t miss the takeout for the impressive Rhaeadr Mawddach – take a moment to contemplate the line you might take then shoulder your boat and get in safely below!

Beyond the Afon Gain confluence a class III section precedes a series of notable features: a broken weir and a tight technical gorge section. The section from the Eden Confluence to the Precipice walk is given class IV and contains the Ganllwyd Weir (a potentially dangerous feature in high water), the delightfully named, Public Toilet Falls and some superb rapids and play waves below the Gamlan confluence.

The final section from the Precipice Walk to The George III Hotel at Penmaenpool provides a gentle class I to II finish or an enjoyable trip in its own right.

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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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