River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

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River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

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Post by morsey » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:49 am

This section has good water today. Rain is due to set in through the night, which should make this section flow at good levels through the weekend. :-)

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Post by Crumble » Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:32 am

Is this the section that has the new get-out at a country hotel? Apologies if this shouldn't be for discussion - feel free to delete after replying! :)

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Post by morsey » Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:06 pm

There are several exit points. The most obvious is at Llangynidr bridge. There is a footpath river right. You can get out virtually onto the bridge. The alternative get out seems like a monumental faff and I'd rather be inclined to paddle all the way to Crickhowell.

Llangynidr falls today at 12pm, all rocks covered :-)

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Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

Post by Dave Thomas » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:38 am

morsey wrote:The alternative get out seems like a monumental faff and I'd rather be inclined to paddle all the way to Crickhowell.
It's hard work lugging boats up the hill (particularly opens!) but I reckon it's worth it in very low conditions or (particularly in opens,again) with a strongish easterly blowing - the final mile into Crickhowell can become a right slog then! Worth doing the longer stretch, though, in my view - there's plenty of pleasant, enjoyable bouncy water below Llangynidr Bridge.
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Post by morsey » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:07 pm

morsey wrote:This section has good water today. Rain is due to set in through the night, which should make this section flow at good levels through the weekend. :-)
Five days of good levels and the sun was out today making paddling an absolute joy. :-) Waved and chatted with locals who house backs onto the river, they been enjoying a swim in the pool below the Crawnon. A couple of chaps were strimming clear the fishing points river left below mill falls. Silently passed an angler above Llangynidr bridge and got out at the bridge. Summer boating, white water, sun and warmth, lovely. :-)

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Post by morsey » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:54 pm

Video of Mill falls on 1.02 metres on the Llandetty gauge.

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Post by stonercanoe » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:20 pm

Paddled this section Sunday 8 July. Just be careful, Llangynidr Bridge, second arch from right is blocked with a strainer, at high levels might not be obvious. Jason

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Post by morsey » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:21 am

Second arch river left has been blocked since the winter.
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Post by morsey » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:51 pm

Loads of water this afternoon and the weather is set to stay through the night. Means things will be paddleable for certain tomorrow. :-)

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Post by thekidsafish » Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:56 pm

Paddled Talybont to Crickhowell a couple of weeks ago, it was big and bouncy - http://www.riverwarrior.co.uk/103816906 - and we got out river left, just above the bridge at Crickhowell.
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Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

Post by The Reverend » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:37 pm

At Llangynidr bridge last Sunday, 2nd arch river left blocked with several trees.

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Post by Will K » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:25 am

Bridge all clear of trees!

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Post by David Foley » Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:31 pm

Where is the current best place to park at the Llangynidr bridge take out? Been years since I've paddled this section. I'm assuming one of the side roads between the Usk and the canal somewhere is alright?
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Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

Post by SimonMW » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:40 pm

This guide is a bit misleading. Nobody takes out at Llangynidr bridge any more. Instead paddle past the bridge and enjoy a number of bouncy rapids and surf waves, as well as the Speulers Folly ledge drop (some fun stoppers at higher levels), then get out river right about half a mile down stream from that by a public footpath.A little dickie bird tells me that the Vicar at the Church of St Tetti (near the water measuring station) is pro paddler and will allow people to use the path by the church to get to the river if asked nicely and you use it discretely. This cuts out the laborious flat section from Talybont.But don't just use the path without permission or with massive groups.

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Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

Post by SimonMW » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:40 am

It's a shame this guide is so derogatory about this section. It is the best section on the Usk! The first part from Talybont can be a slog. But Mill falls and beyond is a joy. Mill Falls itself can be run multiple times, with different lines and plenty to do. There's a good ledge drop for boof practice, and two other lines of Rapids for eddy slalom style practice. The middle of Mill falls at the same of the middle rapid has a great play hole, too. Just below the falls is a great little boulder garden, too. A short flat section leads to a choice of three routes. Far left is a bouncy G2 ride. Far right, and there's another little ledge that can be played in. Another short bit of flat past the confluence with the Corwen leads to an extensive G2-3 rapid, with some great surf waves (at anything but the lowest levels). Some small G2 then leads past Llangynidr bridge, where another bouncy rapid awaits followed by another ledge, which can form a sticky hole! Below this G2-3 offers more surf and play opportunities before arriving at Spulers Folly. Another good ledge drop for boof practice, or a left line at low levels for some technical practice.

In high water this entire run is a hoot, with big water G2-3, with wave trains well over head high, and maybe Mill Falls pushing a 4. There's far more to do on this entire section, even at low levels, than on the Sennybridge and Brecon sections of the river.

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Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

Post by stonercanoe » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:40 am

Simon if you know the locals' sneak you can run this in a summer evening.
If you check NRW river gauge at Llandetty the minimum for a kayak run 0.70, minimum for a canoe run 0.75. I want to leave some Royalex on my boat! Running it in massive water in a trad boat is a good test and great fun.
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Post by Mark Gawler » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:21 am

If anyone wants to update this or any other guide please get in touch with me via private message or email.
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Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

Post by morsey » Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:00 pm

It's an awesome section.


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Re: River Usk - Talybont to Llangynidr

Post by stonercanoe » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:01 pm

Ran Mill Falls sneak today (Sunday). The gate has barbed wire all over it. Going to take a piece of carpet next time to protect drysuits and boats.
Level lovely 0.9, however Llangynidr bridge, second arch from left is blocked by a tree. At this level no way through that arch.
Saw two fly fishing. No grief.
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