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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