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Jon Davies
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Hi guys and gals,
I am wondering if anyone has any top tip of open boat trips to do in North Wales?

I have a 15 foot composite boat that is a copy of one of the best plastic boats on the market at all. As it is composite I am looking at stuff that is not gonna trash my boat. Done the obvious stuff like the big lakes and Beaver pool to Conwy.

Has anyone paddled from the bottom Aberglasslyn gorge down? or any of the other estuaries?

Any top tips appreciated, longer the days the better.

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Hi Jon,

I know that Dave Fairweather and Bex did the trip below the Aberglaslyn Gorge a while ago. A nice day spotting ospreys by all accounts.

The Mawddach is meant to be a nice paddle as well.

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If the weathers nice the straights are great too.

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Post by dpround »

The little estuary from Malltraeth is a nice run, and if it is calm perhaps even on to Llanddwyn. The Cymyran strait and the inland sea is another place you could consider.


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Most of the Dee from say Corwen down.

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Post by MJB »

Menai strait is good fun in an open boat. The slipway at Menai Bridge usually has good parking and you can go either way along the straits from here. Get your head round the tides first though!

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I'd have to agree on the Mawddach its a really nice paddle, can be done as a one way or a there and back trip, depends on the tides!

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Post by Madcroc »

Dovey Estuary, from Glan Dovey Train Station down to Aberdovey (Check tides and wind)

Shropshire Union Canal?

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Post by twicezero »

We paddled the Glaslyn in our PakBoat last autumn, we enjoyed it its pretty flat- you can see a trip report here: ... on-Glaslyn

We've paddle the Dee starting at Corwen, a lovely paddle, thought the last rapid before horseshoe falls had a line greater than our skill level in a double that day (folding boats bend back, luckily). The notes say it gets easier as the water gets higher, which i guess would be when you would be looking to paddle it.

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Post by Greg Cain »

The Conway is a nice trip too. You can get on and off at various points along the way. Beware getting on at the Beaver pool, people can be quite aggressive there towards boaters, and there was a legal issue with someone leading a group down there not too long ago, I never knew what the outcome of that was though. if anyone else knows it may be worth finding out before paddling it in-case the access situation is made any worse.

The river Elwy is also good, though you may give your boat a few light knocks on it.

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