Another weekend in Wales

With university (almost) over for the year, Josh, Matt and Sam got some excellent boating in over the weekend with friends.
Early Friday morning there was plenty of water around, and Josh had to finish an essay due in at midday. While Josh started writing we paddled the Mawddach.

Rhaeadr Mawddach

Rhaeadr Mawddach – we didn’t feel like running it!

Mawddach

First fall on the Mawddach – Photo by Luke Davies

After a smooth run down and driving the relatively long shuttle (short compared to the length shuttles will be in Madagascar), we met Josh at Beaver Pool. The Fairy Glen had a bit more flow than we would like, so we got on the Lledr instead. The Lledr is an awesome river, the section starts with a small slide before entering a gorge. After a great run it was almost sunset, so we headed towards Josh’s house to eat some food.

Lledr

Josh running the walled in drop at the start of the gorge on the Lledr

Saturday morning we expected levels to be low. After finally getting my car to start, we headed towards the Fairy Glen, pleasantly surprised to find it at a good level. We had a few exciting laps!

The next day, with little rain overnight rivers were looking too low at about half 7 to get a run in before Josh headed to work. But with heavy rain forecast Matt was on his way from Nottingham. We met at the Wnion and put on as it was rising fast.

Wnion

Having fun on the Wnion

With only a few hours of daylight left we headed towards the Mawwdach. We split in to two groups running the Mawdach, and the Eden which is a tributary of the Mawddach with the same take-out at public toilet falls. The Mawddach was a bit higher than it was on Friday, and racing against daylight made it a slightly less relaxed run.

Josh also got some good paddling in on Monday on the Fairy Glen.

Fairy Glen

Josh in the first gorge of the Fairy Glen – Photo by Barnaby Prees