River Dee

Hilnant to Llandderfel bridge

Grade 1/2
Length 5 km
Paddleable medium to spate

Makes sure to get on below the hard fall at the putin. A series of small weirs lead down to the confluence with the Dee (or it is possible to walk down a footpath river right). Once on the Dee, a fast and flat touring paddle. ... read more about Hilnant to Llandderfel bridge

Llandderfel to Corwen

Grade 1/2
Length 20 km
Paddleable very low to spate

A gentle touring section. ... read more about Llandderfel to Corwen

Corwen to Horseshoe Falls

Grade 2
Length 19 km
Paddleable very low to spate

An excellent touring paddle. Takeout just above Horseshoe Falls on river left. ... read more about Corwen to Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen

Grade 3/4
Length 3 km
Paddleable very low to spate

The classic section of the Dee. At low to medium levels a pool-drop run often used to introduce beginners to grade 3 paddling, at high to spate flows an excellent playrun. The hardest rapid (Town Falls) is right at the takeout under the main bridge in Llangollen: take care as the small weir just below this is reputed to contain metal spikes. Takeout ~100m after the bridge on river left. The rapids at Mile End Mill at the outskirts of Llangollen provide an early takeout (or simply a park and playspot) if you want to miss out Town Falls. ... read more about Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen

Llangollen to Trevor

Grade 2/3
Length 6 km
Paddleable very low to spate

Pleasant section ending in the historic Trevor rocks. ... read more about Llangollen to Trevor

Trevor to Erbistock/Overton Bridge

Grade 1/2
Length 16 km
Paddleable very low to high

An excellent touring section, just a couple of weirs to watch out for in the last 2km of the run. ... read more about Trevor to Erbistock/Overton Bridge

Overton Bridge to Bangor-is-y-Coed

Grade 1
Length 9 km
Paddleable very low to spate

A touring section, very flat but quite pretty. ... read more about Overton Bridge to Bangor-is-y-Coed

Bangor-is-y-Coed to Farndon

Grade 1
Length 15 km
Paddleable very low to spate

Another touring section as the Dee winds its way to the sea. ... read more about Bangor-is-y-Coed to Farndon

Farndon to Chester

Grade 1
Length 20 km
Paddleable very low to high

Pleasant flat touring paddle, forming the border between England and Wales for much of its length. ... read more about Farndon to Chester