Llugwy: Swallow Falls to Miner's Bridge

Grade 4 (5)
Length 2 km
Paddleable very low to spate
Volume 8-20 cumecs

in North Wales · Snowdonia · other sections on Llugwy


Swallows Falls can be paddled as a park-n-slide in low conditions, at higher levels you would normally getin underneath the main falls. These falls are usually sneaked down the river right channel, although it has been main-lined down the centre. A kilomtre or so of easier water follows until you reach another 500m of tough drops culminating at Miner's bridge, a footbridge across the river. Either getout here or continue down a short stretch of easier water to Betws-y-Coed. If you do continue downstream, there is another tough drop behind the chip-shop in the middle of town.

Water Levels

Usually run as fun slides in low conditions, becomes more serious when higher. Enjoyable at most levels.

Getting There

Putin W3°50'39" N53°6'9"
Takeout W3°49'24" N53°5'44"

Putin at Swallow Falls on the A5 just north of Betws-y-Coed: there is a large layby opposite the Swallow Falls Hotel. Takeout at Miner's Bridge just at the outskirts of Betws-y-Coed or continue down into the town.

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