Afon Rhondda Fawr - Porth to Hopkinstown

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Afon Rhondda Fawr - Porth to Hopkinstown

Post by Mark R » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:53 pm

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Re: Afon Rhondda Fawr - Porth to Hopkinstown

Post by axeman » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:14 pm

Myself and a mate (mk123) on here ran this today at what turned out to be really high levels .
Almost 2.00 on the ea gauge in pontypridd .

Take extreme caution running it at these levels the 3 tunnel bridge in the guide would potentialy be a killer ! luckily we got the wrong put on and got in almost directly below this . almost no eddies and very few places to get out and escape along the whole section . few absolutely enormous holes along the lower part of the section a swim would be very very long .

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Re: Afon Rhondda Fawr - Porth to Hopkinstown

Post by stewmoff » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:39 pm

HAZARD - The famous 30cm open-ended pipe 1/2 km above Hopkinstown. With the river level at Trahafod 0.55m on the EA gauge http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ho ... ionId=4063, the pipe was exactly half submerged. Grave danger of entrapment below the pipe for any swimmer at such levels.
Photo at https://picasaweb.google.com/Stew.pub/2 ... 2217211954 taken from road bridge above. A group of 8 intermediate paddlers saw 3 getting pinned/ trapped bank-side of the pipe. All safely rescued, but easily avoided by staying to river-right on the final drop before the bridge.
Just don't get complacent as you get near the end of this great little ditch. Respect this hazard and all will be well :-)

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