FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE CAN I GO ON THE RIVER? 

You may use the river from the Top Site (below the stilling basin but above the Chipper), to the car park in Bala. When there are competitions/events on, certain sections of the river are closed throughout the day, you can check the events calendar here .  

WHAT STANDARD DO I NEED TO BE TO PADDLE AT THE CENTRE? 

There isn't a proficiency test to paddle on the Tryweryn so you'll need to have a look at the river and judge for yourself whether you're capable to paddle the river. If you've had a look and are still unsure, please drop in to speak to us at reception. 

WHAT WATER LEVELS CAN I PADDLE ON? 

You can paddle on the river when the water release is 7 cumecs or more. There are more details about suitable water levels here. 

DO I NEED TO PAY FOR PARKING AS WELL AS THE FACILITY FEE? 

No, your facility fee includes parking and you will be issued with a parking ticket at reception when you sign in and pay the fee.

I'M A MEMBER OF A CW/BCU AFFILIATED CLUB, CAN I GET THE MEMBERS RATE?

Yes. Your club will need to pre-book the date with the centre on 01678 521083. 

DO I NEED TO PAY THE FACILITY FEE TO PADDLE ON THE LOWER RIVER? 

Everyone getting on the river at the centre needs to sign in at reception and pay the facility fee at reception. 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PADDLE TO BALA? 

You can get to Bala in about 30 minutes, however usually it takes between 1 and 2 hours depending on how much your group wants to stop on the way. 

WHAT IS THE FACILITY FEE FOR? 

The facility fee will help towards all aspects of the centre running. It will cover maintenance of the centre and site (emptying septic tank, maintaining footpaths and fences, car parks, cleaning the centre, hot showers, leasing the site, providing first aid cover); maintaining the river and negotiating water releases (clearing trees, leasing the leat, negotiating egress, negotiating releases of a suitable level for paddling and optimum days of the week for paddlers); and any profits made from the centre will be used by Canoe Wales to promote the development of paddlesport in Wales. 

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAINTAIN THE LOWER RIVER? 

The centre clears trees and obstructions from the river when necessary and provides the leat to allow portage of Bala Mill Falls.

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