Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

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Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by spendy46 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:21 pm

A large river wide tree just after pen y cae falls.

Also be careful of some huge trees pointing downstream in the middle of the river just after the landslide pool/Ancient Briton pub, these lead directly into a small gorge that has a wall of trees and debris riverwide.
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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by REKHarrison » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:42 pm

anyone know if the trees are still there? can paddle round/easily portage etc

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by Ieuan Belshaw » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:02 pm

REKHarrison wrote:anyone know if the trees are still there? can paddle round/easily portage etc
All clear, no portages for the middle section (13-01-13).
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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by fryingpancat » Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:56 pm

We paddled this section on 10th Feb and there was a strainer across near the end. There's a small gap in the middle which we were able to get through but could be tricky in higher water

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by nokiamutt » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:30 pm

The usual get out at riverside gardens is a little sensitive , spoken to the house owner next to the getout and he owns the land down to the river so if your using thes getout please getout just up stream , I have put a bright coloured cord hanging from the tree in the nearest suitable place with orange flags hanging from it , its a bit tight suggest one at a time there as the eddy is tiny in big flows .

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by jmmoxon » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:06 am

The tree choke near the end is still there & potentially dangerous at higher flows as the right hand side is obvious as you're paddling towards it but left is hidden under the water until you're right on top of it.

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Tawe, Craig-y-Nos

Post by SimonMW » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:07 pm

Easy to see, but not far below the footbridge after the get in at Craig-y-Nos a massive tree has fallen into the river. Pretty much river wide, but can be sneaked river right. You will still get a face full of branches from the look of it though!

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Re: Tawe, Craig-y-Nos

Post by cobra » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:43 pm

This tree has now been totally removed from the river and cut up by the warden and his squad.

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Re: Tawe, Craig-y-Nos

Post by SimonMW » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:05 pm

Yep, saw so today, cheers.

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by John K » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:54 pm

We had a fantastic low-water run of this section on Saturday, starting at Craig-y-nos Country Park (kayak friendly, cafe, £2.50 pay and display car park, easy access to the river) and getting out just below Abercraf (grid ref SN813125) where there's a good sized layby close to the river. The get out is on river right where a rocky outcrop creates a distinctive eddy like a little harbour at these levels.

Levels were showing as 3 on the gauge above the mini weir at the country park, and 6 on the gauge just below (which looks like it's the same as 0.6 on Rainchasers) and our group ran everything with no problems. There was nothing much above grade 3, with some slightly harder lines for those that wanted them. Obviously at higher levels it's a different proposition, but at lower levels don't be put off by the guide book but do watch out for trees in the river. We didn't encounter any access hassles at all, and there's even a section of bank river right above Pen-y-cae falls that has a "kayak friendly" sign up :)

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by morsey » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:20 pm

Don't underestimate this section, it has Class four rapids and falls at low level. See the picture and note the paddler sitting in the cave which extends with undercut flow right into the middle of the fall.

Locals paddle it at low levels a fair bit as the river often holds for a day or so after rain. It's one of the most consistent rivers in the region for levels.
Locals throw hammers, freewheels and megaboofs off the drop in the photo, which is not possible to do that on class three features.

The picture isn't the only fall/slide on this section that starts at class four in low levels (and increases with difficulties when higher). There are several undercut cliffs on this section, the remit of hazards rises above class three even in low flow.

If you only have class three river skills/experience and class three paddling skills, this section is a step up.
For comparison this section is a grade about the Dart loop at low to medium levels. At high levels it's two grades above the Dart loop. In Spate, I've seen plenty of team/sponsored paddlers walking sections on the Middle Tawe, the same paddlers who will be in play boats on a spate Dart loop.

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by John K » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:18 pm

Cool. I must be a better paddler than I realised! ;)

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by tjclare » Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:31 pm

Pen-y-Cae slides get SCARY in spate...

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Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

Post by NeilCox » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:34 pm

I paddled this last weekend and there are a number of dangerous trees strewn across the river (including one on the slide). Most of them look like they've been there for a while but thought I'd post this up for anyone checking.

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