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AFON ALWEN

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:53 pm
by Mark R

Re: AFON ALWEN

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:50 pm
by JohnO
Paddled 04/12/11

Put In sh976455 which has parking for 3-4 cars and is more discrete than Betws Gwerfil, but the road to it is very narrow.

Get Out SJ050435 there is good parking here on the old A5.

Water Level Live Gauge Reading It was 0.7m and rising on the day. It was a bit of a scrap at times but mostly ok, I would not recommend doing it below this level.

Hazards A couple of trees down, but ok at this level, one maybe more of a problem at higher levels, Barbed wire across the river, but that may have gone now ;)

Access No problem, didn't see anyone all day.

Re: AFON ALWEN

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:09 pm
by Thorley0184
Got on on Sunday including thew top section which as you can expect is full of trees.

Three were walk rounds the rest sneekable, would be a nice section with out the trees. Also one collapsed footbridge impassable.

Most of the trees are easy to spot except for one on a sharp right bend, its just out of sight from the top eddy, round the bend so who ever is scouting is committed to a steep climb out! Portage on river right. It is just above the bridge at Cefn-ceirch SH018468.

Bottom section couple of sneekable trees.

Re: AFON ALWEN

Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:41 pm
by Simon.T
The weir at the end of the section now has a hydroelectric Archimedes Screw on the far right. There is a grill protecting it from large debris/kayakers and could be quite a sieve in high water. On mid it seemed OK.
There is also a new channel\slide just to the left of the screw.

As a lot of the water is now being funneled down the new channel\slide and through the screw the weir's characteristics have changed. Still nasty on the mid-left on the second drop but I ran the first drop on the right which I didn't fancy the look of last year.

After running it a hydro electric bloke in orange hi vis spoke to me telling me it was a silly idea to run it as there is a "60 foot cavern" on the right hand side just below the first drop. I couldn't see any evidence of this but did notice he waited for me to run it before mentioning it.

Also the bridge just above the weir I used to use as a warning of the upcoming weir is...............missing............

Re: AFON ALWEN

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:42 pm
by jaq
Encountered two barbed wire fences across the river in October 2017 that needed portaging.

Re: AFON ALWEN

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:25 pm
by honda1999
We have ran this section over the last five years on five occasions. However, the last two occasions (2017, 2018) we have been challenged about parking in the layby to the left of the bridge. The prime reason I believe was a farmer had put some gravel in the layby to access his field on river right up to the bridge and someone had left deep van marks. The farmer's wife stated we could not park there, but to use the church car park. On the second occasion today the same lady with her husband said we could not access the river because 1) It was not navigable, only the River Dee, 2) That we couldn't park by the church, which she had told us before we could, then denied 3) Salmon were running late in coming up the river. However, we took to the river when the farmer realized that 2 kayakers were already on the river, then accepted he couldn't prevent us going on. Finally, one of our members mentioned that the Rhug Kayak Club had often used this stretch of river. With regards to the Green "Barb" wire we came across three; 1) About 200m after access in the section where there is a bend in the river about 50-100m down stream, but this was wound up. 2) Between the 1st and the bridge, but this was again wound up. 3) Bridge to the river bends to the right 100-150m, we managed to squeeze underneath; gauge at Druid 0.78, but at higher levels requires a portage. Small tree across the river just before River Ceirw confluence. We also noted that the footpath by the weir has been removed and a notice has appeared saying that access is denied to the river below the new "Hydro" and revamped weir. We have always "Portaged" but it did look "Do able" off- centre to river right towards hydro. Does anyone know whether Canoe Wales has negotiated with the Rhug Estate about access mentioned a few years ago?