RIVER CLYWEDOG

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Anyone paddled this recently? Has the dam been releasing? Hoping to paddle this this weekend - I will call the dam at the weekend but any other info appreciated.
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Has anyone paddled this recently?
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I've noticed the EA gauge for the Clywedog below the Dam (here) seems to rise sharply to ~0.53m then plataeus and then drops sharply again. This would therefore seem to correspond to a normal low relese.
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Jim Pullen wrote:I've noticed the EA gauge for the Clywedog below the Dam (here) seems to rise sharply to ~0.53m then plataeus and then drops sharply again. This would therefore seem to correspond to a normal low relese.
Gauge is currently running at .70 constantly - can anyone confirm this is true and on a chunky release?
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The EA guage is pretty reliable (although not been over there today). Last season paddled at about this level and it was a bouncy level also paddled it a over 1m and that was very high and starting to get in the trees. If its still running tomorrow go and do it as its a cracking little river.

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Paddled this on Sat (11 Aug) when it was on 0.35m on the EA gauge - rainchasers said this was a scrape and to be fair it was. Fun little river but I would say that you wouldnt want to do it this low. We will be back when it is on a larger release as it is a cracking little paddle.
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Ran the Clywedog back in January on a .47 on the gauge. I wouldn't do it this low again, found it really boney and it needed another couple of inches.
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Just ran this today and there are a couple of trees down. The are some just after the bridge (alternate put in) which can be seen from the road. There are also a number further down that could just be sneaked round at med levels 0.77. The weirs where fine at this level. With the trees we walked some because by the the time we saw there was a line we were already out of our boats.
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Paddled this today and there are still a number of trees to take care of. Of the ones straight after the bridge we took out the first so the next two are easier to pass. The one to really watch out for is just by the house you can see on river left. There is now a small sneak route river right at medium flows but because it's just round a bend you need to take care not to just bimble into it. As soon as you see his nice garden groups need to be eddying out. Portaging would be difficult without going through the garden.
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Hi all paddled this yesterday and they turned the dam off just after we started which made for an interesting walk / paddle. Still at least three trees to take care of. The first two are just after the road bridge near the beginning of the river with the last one pretty much blocking the 'notable' drop described in the river guide. Plenty of other low trees and branches to miss too. This river could really do with a visit from the chain saw fairies!!!!
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Ran it at 0.48 today
two portages - trees blocking across the river
Ist - straight after Bryn Y tail
2nd 1/2 way through the run.
all inspectable at 0.48
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Paddled this yesterday at 0.72.

Several tree hazards. At least one river-wide.
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Paddled this yesterday at 0.51, not scrapey and overall a lot of fun but loads of tree blockages some in quite dangerous places. All could be sneaked at this level but would really benefit from full or at least partial clearance.
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Lots of trees at the moment! One large one blocking the first G4 slot after the dam. Do not run the G4. You cannot avoid the tree and you *will* end up in a serious situation. Will need proper removal as it doesn’t look like it’s going to go anywhere soon. Another 2 river wide blockages further down river along with some partial ones. Be careful. Not much eddy or easy eddy service to inspect rapids, so if you’re new to the river, leave plenty of time for inspection. Lots of blind bends. We prefer scouting from the boat, but we did a lot of walking to inspect on this trip.
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River Clywedog 14th Sept 2021- tree on river left across the bridge at normal access area, had to enter river right following trodden track above Byrn y tail Falls, grade 3 section clear apart from the sawn off branch still can obstruct. Wire across river after 1st weir, by metal gates structure to prevent cattle/sheep entered river. 2nd Weir blocked in centre, 0.44 river level allowed us to take the wire to the left.
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Paddled on 19th Dec 2021 at 0.76. First rapid was pretty clear, with a tree trunk river right, but well off line.

Loads of low trees and branches along the whole route. Around 1km downstream was a full river wide tree giving rise to an overgrown portage on river left. Plenty of other tree sneaks. At about half way point set of livestock fences on river right indicated the lead into a natural bedrock drop. Honda1999 above suggests this as the first weir, but felt very natural to us.

HAZARD: about 20m downstream of this drop were two lines of barbed wire stretched across the river. One at around 3 to 4 inches that could in an emergency have been driven over, the second more like 10 inches high. These were just below a very small island and VERY hard to spot (and nearly caused us an issue). The OS grid ref for the wires is SN 931 859. It would be well worth getting out at the fall above and walking down past the wires.
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