The area is well served with mid grade canoeing opportunities whether on the sea, rivers or canals in kayaks or open canoes.
The fishing season poses some restrictions in summer but there are still alternatives. For access arrangements for the rivers Wye and Usk contact the Wye and Usk foundation : www.wyeuskfoundation.org/navigation
Toll bridge at Hay has good parking - access charges apply.
Glasbury to Hay on Wye - 6 miles.
This is a classic grade 1 trip. There is normally no problem but access is restricted at weekends and evenings. Some moving water.
Hay on Wye to Monnington Falls
Monnington Falls to Hereford
Grade 2 rapid. Interesting but often crowded.
Builth Wells to Glasbury - 14 miles
Up to grade 3.
Excellent river. Some access problems. See also separate sheet ‘CYAT Canoeing’ for further details.
Sennybridge to Brecon
Grade 2 with good drops
Brecon to Talybont
Grade 2 with trees. Not for beginners
Talybont to Crickhowell
Classic trip, Grade 3. Not for beginners
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Many points of access (Brecon, Pencelli, Talybont, Neath, etc). Good for beginners and has a tunnel.
Canoe licences available from: Canal and River Trust www.canalrivertrust.org.uk. Tel: 03030404040
The Gower coast is very interesting and Llandyssal (Teiffi) is good but with access problems. Canoeing is also possible on Llangorse Lake and Pontsticilli reservoir, the latter by arrangement with Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre.
Canoe instruction and hire
BLACK MOUNTAINS ACTIVITIES www.blackmountains.co.uk
Three Cocks, Brecon, LD3 0SD.
WYE VALLEY CANOES www.wyevalleycanoes.co.uk
The Boat House, Glasbury, , HR3 5NP
MOUNTAIN AND WATER www.mountainandwater.co.uk
PO Box 128, Abergavenny, NP7 1AG
PADDLES AND PEDDLES www.canoehire.co.uk
Racquety Lodge, Wyecliff, Hay on Wye, HR3 5RS
LAKESIDE CARAVAN PARK www.llangorselake.co.uk
Lakeside Farm, Llangorse, Brecon, LD3 7