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RIVER ACCESS

Vyrnwy    Banwy    Severn
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The River Vyrnwy starts at Lake Vyrnwy and flows Eastwards to the Severn at Melverley. On the upper reaches, it is advisable to use a leader who is familiar with the river as conditions change dramatically dependent on the levels. Levels depend largely on Dam release and run-off from side tributaries. Fallen trees are an intermittent problem. Popular starting points for white-water are Lake Vyrnwy Dam, Cownwy Bridge / Confluence, Pont Llogel bridge or Dolanog Gorge start, depending upon water levels. The placid section starts at the Weir and bridge after Pontrobert.

Start End Tot Dist
Miles

Leg Dist
Miles

Access Notes Egress Notes Rapids/High Water Notes Other Notes
Lake Vyrnwy Dam
Abertridwr Bridge 1.0 1.0 Access via Car Park RT. Also via B4393 on left side or road (River LT) before DAM
   
Abertridwr Bridge
Felin Graig 1.7 0.7        
Felin Graig
Cownwy Bridge / Confluence 2.8 1.1   RT after gorge - use for inspection after rapids. Portage LT with permission through private garden! Portage RT but longer. The Jacozzi waterfall is only shootable on the RT in high water when Grade III/IV. There is a short gorge following.  
Cownwy Bridge
/ Confluence
Sawmill
(site of old bridge)
4.2 1.4 Use ford above      
Sawmill
(site of old bridge)
Pont Llogel bridge 5.0 0.8        
Pont Llogel bridge
Plas Dolanog bridge 7.4 2.4 LT before bridge from campsite. Additional access LT at picnic site.      
Plas Dolanog bridge
Dolanog Bridge 8.1 0.7        
Dolanog Bridge
Dolanog Falls 8.2 0.1     Grade III rapid folllowed by mill pool.
Dolanog Falls
Farm bridge 8.3 0.1     DANGEROUS  
Farm bridge
Dolanog Gorge start 8.4 0.1     In high water - no headroom or bridge is covered.  
Dolanog Gorge start
Pontrobert bridge 11.8 3.4 Via road RT. Some parking   INSPECT at high water  
Pontrobert bridge
Weir and bridge 13.3 1.5     From here downstream reaches are wide and have flat Grade I water but when in flood, it moves fast and has danger from overhanging trees.
Weir and bridge
A495 bridge 14.8 1.5 Good LT before bridge   Placid section starts here. Parking on verges - take care on blind bends. Also check for double-yellow lines  
A495 bridge
New Bridge
Banwy confluence
14.9 0.1 LT before bridge      
New Bridge
Banwy confluence
Mill 15.3 0.4      
Mill
Meifod reach 16.3 1.0 Access to footpath - long portage      
Meifod reach
Cil Mawr 19.5 3.2 RT before bridge   Meanders with islands and ox-bows  
Cil Mawr 
Pontysgawrhyd
A490
21.0 1.5        
Pontysgawrhyd
A490
Godor footbridge 23.5 2.5 LT after bridge   Four islands follow  
Godor footbridge
Confluence R. Cain 27.0 3.5 RT before and over bridge towards A495. Small lay-by      
Confluence R. Cain
Llansanfraid
Bridge B4393
27.1 0.1     Glan Vyrnwy  
Llansanfraid
Bridge B4393
Confluence R. Tanat 28.3 1.2 RT after      
Confluence R. Tanat
Bridge A4398 30.3 2.0        
Bridge A4398
Llanymynech
Bridge A843
32.0 1.7 RT before through field to camp site. After to Canal aqueduct      
Llanymynech
Bridge A843
Old Ford 35.0 3.0        
Old Ford
Sychpwll 38.7 3.7        
Sychpwll
Haimwood Farm
(RT)
39.3 0.6        
Haimwood Farm
(RT)
Melverley Inn
(LT)
41.3 2.0        
Melverley Inn
(LT)
Confluence
R. Severn
42.0 0.7        
Confluence
R. Severn
             

  
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Last updated on 23/07/2013