GUIDE TO THE AFON DILIW
(Afon Ystwyth tributary)
NAME OF RIVER: Diliw.
WHERE IS IT: Aberystwyth/ Elan Valley Area
Map: Aberystwyth surrounding area, no. 135
Map.PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: For the Diliw gorge, park at the farm in Blaenycwm, GR 843773. From here walk up a track up the hill until you reach the river (not for the unfit).
APPROX LENGTH: 1.5 km, 2 km walk-in.
TIME NEEDED: How long does it take to rev yourself up?
ACCESS HASSLES: No access agreement but I have had no problem but be aware during lambing season.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: The Diliw and upper bits of the Ystwyth need a lot of rain. A couple of days solid rain is needed. There is a gauge by the mine workings past Cwmystwyth, anything over half a metre should be ok.
Below the river joins the Ystwyth.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: The gorge.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Diliw starts fairly easy but dont be fooled, it soons drops down into a gorge where various drops need to be tackled. One has a nasty undercut. The main drop, falls off sideways along the river (if you can picture that) but seems to be OK. It is a very narrow gorge but it is possible to inspect everything (recommended).