Shrewsbury Canoe Club
This list is not intended to replicate the published guidebooks or the online guides at ukrgb.co.uk. But please add any useful information on such matters as access / gauges / strainers for the rivers you paddle and or update existing information.
Entries via the club secretary
Egress at Meifod a mile or so below the confluence with the Vyrnwy is simple and parking is available at the Rugby club.
Parking at the confluence with the Vyrnwy is limited but it is ok to leave one or two cars in the space beside the Vyrnwy bridge
Glyndyfrdwy to Llangollen:
The best put in is reached from the A5in Glyndyfrdwy by crossing the river and turning east and then right at a sign for riverside log cabins. Launch fee is £3 per person and if the farmer is not there to collect it post it in an envelope through the door of the farmhouse back on the public road before launching
Llangollen to Erbistock/Overton
Access/Egress at Ty Mawr country park has free parking but a long portage down to/up from the river, trolleys essential.
Parking is OK on the overflow car park at the Boat but do not leave more cars than necessary. Be sure to spend some money in the pub to say “thankyou”. (03/2016)
The Cross Foxes pub at Overton Bridge is also usually happy for a minimum number of cars to park there as a take out but NB: 1) the take out is immediately downstream of the bridge so boats have to be carried across the road- GREAT CAUTION NEEDED, FAST TRAFFIC FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS WITH LIMITED VISIBILITY. Put a spotter on the car park to control the crossing. 2) Paddling down from the Boat to the Cross Foxes includes Erbistock weir, pre-inspect from public footpath on river left, salmon shoot paddleable in low levels runs diagonally from river right to left but access can be blocked by fallen trees. Canoe ramp on extreme river right is rough concrete , portage is on river right.
Bangor on Dee to Farndon:
Roadside parking in Bangor and possibly in the Royal Oak pub car park (check). Parking available at the get out at Farndon. An enjoyable river section with numerous meanders.
Strong winds from any direction will be against you on the meanders at some points.
Farndon to Chester
Free parking at Farndon. Depending on levels the best put in may be 50metres downstream of the bridge Sandy Lane, Chester is also free but in theory is limited to 4 hours, however the council does not seem to police this at weekends
River level can be gauged by looking upstream from the bridge in Berriew to the final grade III/IV drop. Slabs will be seen on river right; if these are dry the river is unpaddleable, if water is just coming down the slabs the river is scrapey and if the slabs are paddleable as a chicken run the river will be big. Launching at the Beehive pub in Manafon is OK with no need to seek permission in advance. For the first time ever on this river we encountered a grumpy fisherman in 03/2016.
TanatThe top section from Llangynog down to Penybontfawr is very overgrown by trees with lots of strainers and this section is not recommended for large or inexperienced groups. If taking out at Llanyblodwel it is no longer possible to park cars at the Horseshoes pub. Park by the parish church just along a side road to the north of the bridge. (03/2016)