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GUIDE TO THEĀ UPPER CLYDACH

NAME OF RIVER Upper Clydach.

WHERE IS IT: Pontardawe, off the A474.

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IN WHICH REGION: South Wales.

PUT-INS/ TAKEOUTS: Put-in at housing estate at the top of the hill out of Pontardawe, opposite the shop and walk down the gravel path, take out at the traffic lights at the cross roads in Pontardawe.

APPROX. LENGTH: 1.5 km.

TIME: 1 hour.

ACCESS HASSLES: no problems at the moment.

GRADE: Continuous 4.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Needs to have had heavy rain, should be able to float down without too much difficulty with rocks.

HAZARDS: Grade 6 drop at put in, Weir at the bottom and trees may need portaging.

DESCRIPTION: Small windy urban gorge, continuous grade 4 drops and twists, small eddies and a few portages, nothing really stands out just keep going.

OTHER NOTES: Can be run with one car, doesn't take too much longer, combined with the Cwm Du makes for a good day of stream boating.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Chris Hudson, Swansea University Canoe Club.