Another tick off the ever lengthening list

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 Garth Farm Falls (All photos: Tim Burne)

After a night of biblical rain, North Wales, and in particular around Snowdon, went from dry to full spate.  A group of 10 paddlers awoke at 6 a.m, braved the awful weather and went to do a river I have been wanting to do for a long time.  The Nantgwyryd.

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John from Leeds just after the slabs

 The ‘Gwyryd’  falls of the slopes of Snowdon and hurtles downhill fast until it hits the lakes at Plas Y Brenin. It isn’t a very long run but it defines the word continuous with only a handful of eddies.  It also has a rather chunky grade V drop which most will portage and have everyone diving for the bank above it, desperately trying to stop.

 The river eases off after the falls and lulls the paddler into a false sense of security before one final push over Garth Farm Falls.  What a finish to a perfect spate paddle.

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The definition of continuous

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2 Responses to “Another tick off the ever lengthening list”


  1. 1 Pete C. October 30, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Looks like you guys got it a couple of hours before we did. We arrived when it was on the drop (late morning), but still made for a fun run – and a blast down the Ogwen on the way home. Hurrah for rain!

  2. 2 Poke October 30, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    By the time we’d finished it had dropped at least 1ft in places. There was a bunch of guys getting off as we ran the shuttle before getting on – they must have had an awesome ride!


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