Claerwen: Claerwen reservoir to Rhiwnant bridge

Grade 3/4 (5+)
Length 4 km
Paddleable low to spate

in Mid Wales ยท South Wales


Relaxed 1.5km of flat from the dam down to the first (big) fall that most will portage. Easy grade 3 follows until a hard double drop immediately below a footbridge perched between two boulders. Grade 3/4 from this drop down to the takeout.

Water Levels

Dam released, so often runs when other rivers are too low.

Getting There

Putin W3°39'21" N52°15'24"
Takeout W3°36'40" N52°14'28"

Head up to the Claerwen Reservoir (through Elan Village) from the A470 at Rhayader. The takeout is at a small bridge at the head of Caban-Coch Reservoir, and the putin is just below the Dam at the foot of Claerwen Reservoir itself.

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