River Dee

River Kayaking

River Dee / Afon Dyfrdwy | ©Karl Midlane

River Dee

River Kayaking

Afon Dyfrdwy or ‘The Dee’, as it is known in English, is one the finest Welsh rivers. It starts on the edge of the Snowdonia mountains, west of Llyn Tegid, and extends east past Bala and Llangollen, before turning north and heading out into England via Chester, and finally flowing into the briny on the north coast. It is an excellent touring river and topped up by dam releases from the Tryweryn it invariably has sufficient water to ‘float yer boat’. There are also some top quality white water sections to be had along the way.

The upper sections from Llyn Tegid to Corwen give pleasant gentle water touring, with some rapids and weirs to be navigated.

The Corwen to Horseshoe Falls section provides a superb class II touring stretch. Horseshoe Falls weir marks the beginning of the white water interest, the following class III to IV section down to Llangollen town centre is what the white water fans come for!
From Llangollen to Trevor there is an enjoyable class II to III section concluding with some fine rapids at Trevor Rocks.

The 16km section from Trevor to Erbistock / Overton Bridge provides an excellent class I to II trip. You will pass a couple of weirs on the way which you may choose to portage.

Pleasant touring at grade 1 continues from Overton Bridge, past Bangor-is-y-Coed, Farndon and on to Chester, the last 20km section being particularly delightful.

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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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