GUIDE TO THE RIVER WYE

(Newbridge to Builth Wells)

NAME OF RIVER: Wye.

WHERE IS IT?:Mid Wales. OS Landranger 147 and 161.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Start at Newbridge. The finish point is the car park in Builth Wells upstream of the bridge.

APPROX LENGTH: 9 miles?

TIME NEEDED: Unknown.

ACCESS HASSLES: There is some permitted access. Contact the River Advisor for dates and latest. See http://www.mountainandwater.co.uk for more info.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Unknown.

GRADING: Flat water with one grade 3.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: There is a tree in the final constriction of the grade 3 that causes trouble to the inexperienced at low water.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: A lot of flat water and one grade 3 known as The Rocks on an S bend.

OTHER NOTES: I believe that there is no access for the section between Rhayader and Newbridge any longer but I do remember a reasonable grade 3 just after an old railway bridge. It used to be possible to takeout/ put-in at the bridge signposted Llanwrthwl...anyone know more about the Wye upstream of New bridge?

The section below Builth includes 'Hell Hole'.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Robert Macdonald, Wyedean Canoe Club www.wyedeancanoeclub.co.uk

 

 

Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: River Wye - Newbridge to Builth Wells -- Pam Bell
2016 Oct 19 06:40:19 PM
The link given for access hassles is no longer current.
Re: River Wye - Newbridge to Builth Wells -- stewmoff
2012 Nov 19 09:02:57 PM
Update as of 18 Nov 2012: there was no sign of any tree hazard anywhere on this rapid.The gauge at Erwood was showing 2ft which made The Rocks rapid a good level. Ran with a bunch of early improver kayaks and had 70% swim rate, most of which were caused by the submerged rock left of centre of the first 'V'. At this level, the rock cannot be identified either from the bank or even as approaching: the first I knew was a very hard thump on my left buttock requiring a significant right brace to recover. To avoid, take a line as far right as possible down the 'V'. Otherwise, a brill rapid to push 2*/3* paddlers (recommend a rescue boat at the bottom and perhaps one in the big recirc eddy river-right just above bottom).
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