The Ogwen is widely regarded as one of the best white water rivers in Britain. It provides a truly rewarding paddle of continuous nature, rushing purposefully from the magnificent glacial trough of Nant Ffrancon right out to a saltwater finish in the Menai Strait.
The river starts by dropping steeply down from the eastern tip of Llyn Ogwen – the Rhaeadr Ogwen is well worth viewing when in full spate but the quality white water and usual starting point is farther down the valley at Ogwen Bank Falls.
From here there are sections of solid class IV white water with occasional class V rapids to test the nerve. White water interest is well maintained throughout the rest of the trip.
The river is fed by the northern parts of the Carneddau and Glyderau mountain ranges – consequently the water levels can fluctuate quickly.There are a several useful roadside inspection points which will give you a good idea of river levels, including a number of road bridges.