GUIDE TO THE RIVER USK
(Brecon to Talybont)
NAME OF RIVER: Usk.
WHERE IS IT?: South Wales, starts in Brecon.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Access at Brecon Promenade, egress at Talybont Bridge, above bridge, river right. Another possibility is to continue downstream.
APPROX LENGTH: 12 km.
TIME NEEDED: 4 hours.
ACCESS HASSLES: There is an access agreement, some details can be found at http://www.welsh-canoeing.org.uk/access/rights_and_agreements.htm#usk. Also see http://www.mountainandwater.co.uk for more info.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Possible in most water levels, although shoals appear at lower levels.
GRADING: Mostly Grade I-II.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS:
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This rarely paddled section has beautiful scenery and pleasant riffles, ideal for a touring party or a group of virtual novices. A few 100m long wave trains and the odd bridge caused wave make for a gentle and relaxing trip, adrenaline it's not. After about 6km the river passes under a stone bridge, which causes a small playwave. The section below this has more whitewater interest.
OTHER NOTES: In flood beware the many trees which line the bank.