Llangollen October 2019

Vyrnwy Dam

Another successful weekend in Llangollen for WKCC kindly organised by Claire again.
The weekend started early on the Friday for some with a meet up for breakfast on the A5 so we could check river levels and decide as a group where we wanted to go based on various river apps. The consensus (with a bit of persuasion for some) was to paddle the Vyrnwy from the dam down to Pont Llogel. This is a really nice grade 2, 2+ with a 3/3+ section which you can portage. The level was good and involves careful navigation around many low hanging trees to keep you on your toes.
When we got to the longer tricky section we were forced to portage as the river right route was blocked by a tree and the far side of the island could not be inspected and no cover could be put in place so sensible option was chosen.
We continued onto the end, retrieved the ferry cars and made our way up to the Hostel ready for a night out and a meal in a local hostelry.
Back to the hostel to make plans for Saturday.
Breakfast crew up at 6:45 to make a full cooked breakfast for all.
We split into a few groups for the day. A few non-paddlers, a Dee trip from Glyndyfrdwy to Horseshoe and onto canal, a grade 4 gorge trip and a medium trip on the Conwy from the A5 road bridge.
A great time was had by all and only a couple of swims on the day.
All back to LLangollen for a few beers etc and then the highlight our communal meal. A huge selection of mains, rice, potatoes, poppadum’s, puddings all made by people in the club.
Sunday was departure day for some but a majority went for a traditional easy paddle along the Llangollen canal crossing the mighty Pontcycyllte aqueduct and through Chirk tunnel.
Another great weekend.
Thanks to all organisers, cooks, coaches and leaders and to all that came along.