Llugwy

River Kayaking

Afon Llugwy | ©Ray Wood

Llugwy

River Kayaking

Afon Llugwy is one of the most frequently paddled rivers in North Wales. Much of this popularity comes from its close proximity to outdoor activity centres such as Plas y Brenin, but it is also because it has something to suit most levels of experience and skill. There are some extremely difficult and dangerous sections though, which most will choose to portage.

The Upper Llugwy section is normally started from Helyg at the eastern end of the Ogwen Valley. The river gives good sport (class IV) as it winds down the valley to Brown’s Falls (class V) in Capel Curig.

From Brown’s Falls to Pont Cyfyng the standard eases to class II to III with a harder section at Cobden’s Falls (class IV) and at Pont Cyfyng a ‘must-make-eddy’ and likely portage. The next section to Forestry Falls is a superb and absorbing class III.

Continuing down towards Betws y Coed you soon meet the impressive Swallow Falls; these have been run but will be a certain portage for the majority.
Beyond the falls there is a fine section of class III to IV before another obvious portage to pass some violent class VI white water leading to the Miners’ Bridge.

More amenable class IV to V white water follows, and then a steadier section leads down to Betws y Coed and an egress before the rarely attempted and undoubtedly dangerous Pont y Pair falls.


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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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