Upper Clydach: Rhyd-y-Fro to Pontardawe

Grade 4 (6)
Length 3 km
Paddleable spate

in South Wales


An excellent spate stream: continuously hard paddling. Watch out for the grade 6 fall, just after a bridge: this has been run but only in big flood, most will portage river left. There is a boxed in weir just above Pontardawe which is sketchy in big flood, portage right if necessary. Takeout just above the tunnel in town.

Getting There

Putin W3°51'57" N51°44'7"
Takeout W3°51'3" N51°43'9"

Takeout in Pontardawe at the lower of the two A474 bridges: there is a carpark just upstream of the bridge on river right. Putin at the northern outskirts of Rhyd-y-fro: a small road (Barans Road) heads off the A474 and crosses the river at a bridge. Alternatively take the RH turn further up to a bridge over the Afon Egel.

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