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in South Wales · other sections on Rhymney
Exciting but serious paddle. Watch out for the tunnel after about 4km, which you will probably want to portage on river right and need to spot early. There is a nasty weir at Bargoed at a boxed in section of the river, it is worth inspecting before getting on as you need to break out a long way above.
Putin at the B4256 bridge between Pontlottyn and Rhymney. It is worth inspecting the weir in Bargoed during the shuttle: turn off the A469 down the road to Gilfach railway station, then head left down a track to a bridge over the river. Walk up the river for about 500m where you'll find the weir just upstream of a bridge. Takeout in Llanbradach, find a convenient route down to the river from estate next to the A469 bridge.