First of all, a bit of background….
The River Dee at Llangollen, North Wales is well known amongst the white water kayaking community. It’s a white water river that can be paddled all year round, perfect for introducing beginners in low levels, and great for those that want big water when the gauge hits what is commonly known as the deebeezie level (HUGE!)
Maldon Canoe Club member Del and Adrian made the trip north in mid June in preparation to brush up on their moving water skills as the club has an upcoming trip to Lee Valley White Water center.
Here’s their account:
We made the drive up to the Dee at Llangollen, which is set in a stunning valley. There’s good ample parking at Mile End Mill / TNR outdoors which costs £5 per boat with use of their changing rooms, toilets and small cafe. The kayaking on offer directly from the car park access is great for beginners, you can play on 4 or 5 features with very little portages, grade 2 /3 depending on water levels – it was just above 2 when we were there, so quite low, but not to fast – however, this can make the river a little more technical.
If any members want to find out more about the River Dee, then this link is the guide book article