At a glance guide of when to paddle the Upper Wye and Usk

River Wye

REACH

(Full details for each reach are given via a PDF link)

WHEN?

(all dates and times are inclusive)

WHAT CONDITIONS OK TO LAUNCH?
Upstream of Llangurig & all tributaries except the Lugg All Year Any water height NO

Llangurig to Marteg

All Year Water height is above the red line on the Llangurig gauge. YES!
Water height is below the red line on the Llangurig gauge. NO
Marteg to Newbridge All Year Water height is above the red line on the Rhayader gauge. YES!
Water height is below the red line on
the Rhayader gauge.
NO
Newbridge to Builth Wells 18th October to 15th March Any safe water height YES!
16th March to 17th October Water height is above the red line on the Llanstephan gauge. YES!
16th March to 17th October
Water height is below the red line on the Llanstephan gauge.
NO
Builth Wells to Glasbury 18th October to 15th March Any safe water height YES!
16th March to 17th October Water height is above the red line on the Llanstephan gauge. YES!
16th March to 17th October Water height is below the red line on the Llanstephan gauge. NO
Glasbury to Hay

All Year

 

Water height above 0.30m on the NRW gauge at Hay (or 0.67 at Glasbury) after 10.30am and before 1.30pm. All navigators to leave the water before 3.30pm. YES!
Water height above 0.30m on the NRW gauge at Hay (or 0.67 at Glasbury) before 10.30am and after 1.30pm  NO
Water height below 0.30m on the NRW gauge at Hay (or 0.67 at Glasbury)  NO

Hay on Wye downstream

All Year  Any safe water height  YES!

River Usk

REACH

WHEN?

(all dates and times are inclusive)

WHAT CONDITIONS OK TO LAUNCH?

Upstream of Aberbran and all tributaries

All Year Any water height NO

Aberbran to Brecon

18th October to 2nd March Any safe water height YES!
3rd March to 17th October Water height is above the red line on the Brecon Gauge. YES!
3rd March to 17th October Water height is below the red line on the Brecon Gauge. NO

Brecon to Talybont

18th October to 2nd March Any safe water height YES!
3rd March to 17th October Water height is above the red line on the Brecon Gauge. YES!
3rd March to 17th October Water height is below the red line on the Brecon Gauge. NO

Talybont to Llangynidr/Crickhowell


18th October to 2nd March Any safe water height YES!
3rd March to 17th October Water height is above the red line on the Brecon Gauge. YES!
3rd March to 17th October Water height is below the red line on the Brecon Gauge. NO

Crickhowell downstream

All Year Any water height NO