Monday, 26 January 2009

Two New Rivers, One Weekend

The final sheer sided gorge of the upper Wnion

The weekend in North Wales for me saw two new rivers paddled - The Dwyfor and the Wnion. The Dwyfor was described in the guidebook as a bigger and better Tryweryn, however the low water levels on the Saturday meant we were unable to experience everything the Dwyfor has to offer. Alistair, Oli, Derek and myself finished the river a full ninety minutes before everyone else which gave us time to watch the local village football match that was being played at the take out. I was remined how dirty village football can be when a pub style brawl erupted on the pitch amid some of the players!

The rain came on Saturday night and we decided to paddle the Wnion on Sunday, which turned out to be a great paddle. The last two km of the upper Wnion offer really good grade 4 read and run, nothing too pushy with clean drops. The final few hundred meters is through a sheer sided gorge before the river opens out. Unfortunatley Ant suffered a blow to the face that resulted in him knocking half a toothe out on this section - Get better soon Ant.

Me on the Wnion gorge, photo by Derek Wong

Mark Wardle getting ready to enter the gorge on the Wnion

Spooky wood on the Dwyfor

Harry Wood admiring the fleet

A rare sight in North Wales - snow covered mountains!

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