GUIDE TO THE AFON AERON
(Ciliau Aeron to Aberaeron)
WHERE IS IT?: Aberaeron. Map.PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Put in at road bridge near Ciliau Aeron GR 500597.
Take out in Aberaeron harbour.
APPROX LENGTH: 9 km.
TIME NEEDED: 2-3 hours. It will take a long time.
ACCESS HASSLES: I've never had a problem.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Not really worth it when it's low, medium level is good, excellent in spate.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Four weirs in Aberaeron, must portages.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Nice grade II-III with some nice playspots. There are four weirs in Aberaeron which are a must-portage as the towbacks are lethal even in low water. Easily portageable down a path on the right hand bank. If the tide is low there is a fun rapid which brings you into the harbour. There is quite often good surf outside the harbour. Egress on a slipway in the harbour.
NOTES: Our group ran it mid November 2008 at fairly high level. Narrow and fast, most eddies are too small for more than one boat. The front two paddlers went under a fallen tree as they could not break out in time, but were OK. Overhanging branches mid river and sharp bends add interest/injury depending on your ability. Inspect weirs and plan a reliable get out / emergency eddies. Harbour after weirs is good fun. S.Villet aka Paddlenut
CONTRIBUTED BY: Patrick Clissold.