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.