The weather was ugly, but the Llugwy was lovely!
A small but dedicated band (Adrian W, Guy and Les) battled with gale force winds for the Llugwy trip – and that was just getting the boats on the car roof outside Ford towers at early o’clock on a Saturday morning. I swear Sarah was laughing at us as she waved us off and headed back to bed. Others had pulled out, family duties to be done or needing the full day to ‘do hair’ ahead of an evening out.
Plan A was to go to the LLugwy, plan B was the Tryweryn and plan C was a day at Mile End Mill. Plan C it was –
Arriving in Llangollen it was apparent that the river was up and the weather forecast may not have been entirely truthful about the absence of rain (or perhaps it was all the lovely Tryweryn water arriving there?) As the weather was miserable we mulled over the situation around a cuppa and a large cookie awaiting the arrival further reinforcements. Once Simon and Vics arrived, having overridden the Spencer auto-
With the hindsight only gained by a 50 minute drive through Wales, it transpired that no there wasn’t really enough water. Oh well we’re here now so lets paddle it with the odd scrape. So began the ‘comedy’ unloading boats in gale force winds – with the added amusement that only driving drizzle can bring to the occasion. Why didn’t we just stay in the café?
We actually set off on the Nantgwynant – starting in the little lake by Plas-
Back on the river, and a short paddle brought us to Pont Cyfog, a nice 3 tier fall weighing in at a meaty grade 6, so no we didn’t get out on the lip of this one. Portaging along the road afforded a good view into all the drops – the first might be tempting, but the others no thanks, and you’d some serious equipment to get in and out!
Regaining the river at a considerably lower altitude, we paddled in to look at the bottom fall and hope we’d fool some tourists into thinking we just done it. Then off again – a fab ‘graveyard’ section over about ¾ mile – it would have been more fabulous with a foot more water –
Beyond were more fun grade 2’s until Forestry Falls, another grade 3 just above the get off. Here route finding was a real challenge – that is finding enough water! With hindsight (again) walking the first bit would have been a good idea, but never mind.
We really must go back when it does have more water in it –