Do Not Descend!

Currently, this canyon is at risk of permanent closure, Any recreational descents will risk potential future access to this location. If the current issues are resolved this notice will be removed.

Afon Ddu

This canyon is usually done as a gorge scramble (ascent). It can be scrambled relatively easily with a rope, however immediate exit in the second half becomes difficult. NRW and landowners have specifically said abseiling the big waterfall will not be tolerated due to damage to the biodiversity and rare species present in this gorge. Easy bypass river left. Do enter the water/ avoid the fish spawning sites at the bottom of the gorge for obvious reasons. Extreme caution is needed if entering this gorge due to access issues and surge flood risk. Make yourself aware of the North Wales Gorge Users Agreement. (see about page)
Surge flood risk, with no prior indicators. Water levels can go from low to impassable in a matter of minutes. If water levels rise, exit canyon IMMEDIATELY. Discussions are currently ongoing between local residents, the council and NRW (Natural Resources Wales). Several complaints have been made against users. To help improve these discussions and avoid further restrictions please follow the North Wales Gorge Users Agreement and these additional guidelines: 1. Be considerate when parking. 2. Get changed out of sight of the road and residents. 3. Use the public toilets down the road at Surf Snowdonia/ Trefriw and avoid going to the toilet in the trees or bushes. 4. Don't sleep in your vehicle overnight near the canyon. 5. Keep noise down whilst in the area, be polite to everyone you see, do not respond to any aggression/ abuse.
Approach by Car: To avoid this canyon being closed, Be respectful to the local residents by keeping noise/ music to a minimum, do not sleep in your vehicle near the canyon. Approach by foot: At dolgarrog tipper gate on dam needs to be checked prior to a descent Canyon entry: (Unknown) Canyon descent: (Unknown) Exit: (Unknown) Escapes: (Unknown) First Decent: (Unknown)  Page info: Sol Armer
Have You Descended This Canyon Recently?
If so we would love to hear from you in the comment section below! Let the whole community know more about this canyon, Information such as time taken to: approach, descend and exit are extremely helpful, as well as any new hazards you may have come across whilst canyoning at this location.  If any information on this page is missing, incorrect or out of date, please get in contact with us directly so we can rectify as soon as possible. 
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