River Tawe

Upper Tawe Gorge

Grade 5
Length 6 km
Current Level empty @0.79 1 hour ago

Decent water leads down into the gorge with a 5m waterfall shortly after the entrance. Plenty more excellent drops follow, but watch out for trees. The river eases off to grade 3/4 as the banks open out, and you pass the Tywynni confluence before taking out river right just above the bridge at Glyntawe or carrying on downstream straight onto the next section. ... read more about Upper Tawe Gorge

Glyntawe to Abercraf

Grade 4/5
Length 7 km
Current Level medium @0.79 1 hour ago

The classic section of the Tawe: a great run. The grade can vary from 3+ to 5 between low and spate levels. At high levels be careful of the huge walled in hole that forms just downstream of Pen y Cae bridge. After this are a series of slides before a fun waterfall. After a final gorge the river eases before the takeout in Abercraf. ... read more about Glyntawe to Abercraf

Abercraf to Twrch Confluence

Grade 3
Length 10 km
Paddleable low to medium

A good run, with an excellent gorge between nasty weirs. Watch out for Abercraf weir on a left-hand bend not far from the putin: it needs to be portaged early on river right. It can be inspecting by walking through the children's playground in the village. A great gorge follows before a double weir under a bridge just downstream of Ystradgynlais and the confluence with the Giedd. This can be difficult to stop above and so may be worth inspecting before you putin. A few easier weirs lead down the takeout on river right at the Twrch confluence. ... read more about Abercraf to Twrch Confluence

Twrch Confluence to Swansea

Grade 2
Length 20 km
Paddleable low to high

Watch out for the large sloping weir about a km below the putin. ... read more about Twrch Confluence to Swansea