Glaslyn: Aberglaslyn Gorge

Grade 4
Length 1.5 km
Paddleable low to spate
Volume 6-30 cumecs

in North Wales · Snowdonia · other sections on Glaslyn


Short and sweet continuous blast of a run. "Gorge" is a slight misnomer as the entire run is escapable & inspectable on river left where a path runs along the bank. Can also inspect from the road on river right, there is a decent spectator point river right by the largest single drop about halfway down (known as the "Breaker")

Water Levels

Paddleable at most water levels. Still fun when you can only just scrape down. At a spate level the run is incredibly continuous but nothing turns too nasty. At the putin is a marker with a red cross/green tick. This is based on local-paddler's levels: on the line between the red/green the run is medium, and the run remains worthwhile into the red area. To get the best of the run however, try to catch it well into the green tick zone!

Getting There

Putin W4°5'55" N53°0'1"
Takeout W4°5'44" N52°59'42"

The putin is at a large layby about a mile from Beddgelert along the A498 towards Porthmadog. The takeout is at Pont Aberglasyn, at the junction of the A4085/A498. It is possible to takeout on river left just before the bridge, but an easier takeout is 50m upstream on river right where you can hop over the wall back onto the road. There is no parking at the takeout: park at the putin and walk back up.


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