Day one (Rhayader to Builth Wells)
Today we paddled the River Wye. As we rearranged boats ready for shuttling it was a nice sunny day and we were all excited for the journey ahead. It was going to be a 24 km paddle, which we found took us a surprisingly short time to paddle, due to the fast-flowing river, which had been fed by a week’s worth of rain.
When we started it was very gentle with a few wave trains and further down, the river was a very bouncy part which was under a tall bridge. Carrying on, we passed large amounts of sheep and cattle which stared at us. Eventually we came to a grade 4 minus feature (Builth Rocks) which was a drop followed by lots of boiling and bubbling water. After that there were a few places to practise surfing.
Overall the river was very gentle with a few places to have fun. It’s a great river, longer than normal paddles, for beginners and improvers alike.