Tree blockage on the Tywi

South of Severn/ Rheidol catchment
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Mal Grey
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Tree blockage on the Tywi

Post by Mal Grey » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:15 pm

There is a fairly major blockage in the last of the gorges of the Gallt-y-Bere to Dolauhirion/Llandovery run. This is in a narrow section a few hundred metres before the end of the gorge, just upstream of where there has been a (usually) passable tree for some years. However, the new blockages were far more intricate, with several trunks/branches across the stream above and below water, at a point where rocks also need to be avoided. In open canoes (medium level), it was absolutely not passable, and we portaged river left through a field by roping the canoes up the steep banks using brute force, and then a few hundred metres drag down to an easier descent to the pool below the gorge.

It might be possible, if not necessarily sensible, to squeeze a kayak through in some conditions.

Very approx GR: SN753373


Also worth noting that every year the fencing and barbed wire at the put-in seems to grow...we used a little path just upstream of this, a few yards up from the layby, and lined the boats down to the river.

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Re: Tree blockage on the Tywi

Post by Dave Thomas » Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:13 pm

There's absolutely no way through for even kayaks at low (0.6 on the Dolauhirion gauge) levels. Some of our group clambered/dragged boats over the trees/rocks on the RH bank and then put in just below - most of us had more sense and took the river left bank/field portage.
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