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We are running a trip to North Wales staying at a bunkhouse near Bala on Friday & Saturday evening.  On the Saturday we are planning to paddle the lower section of the Tryweryn from the National Whitewater Centre at Frongoch down to Bala.  The river is a classic Grade 2+ river with one Grade 3 feature and one at Grade 4 that can be portaged.  On the Sunday we will either paddle some short Grade 2 / 3 sections of the Upper Tryweryn or the River Dee at Llangollen.  We will be travelling by minibus / private cars.  Alternative rivers may be available subject to level of ability and suitable coaching cover.

The trip is open to good Intermediate Level 2, Paddle Explore Award or Two Star paddlers, White Water Award trainees and above. You should find this challenging but within your ability.  We will split up into small groups and have planned that each group will practice moving water skills on the rapids.  All activities are very dependent on weather and river conditions and we cannot guarantee that we paddle or use the advertised rivers.

Trip Date: 17th – 19th May 2024

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level Intermediate Level 2, Paddle Explore Award or 2 Star with 10 hours whitewater experience or White Water Award trainee.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have your own whitewater specific helmet, cag and buoyancy aid as a minimum.

Cost: £135 (Jnr & Snr club members) The cost includes food from Saturday cooked breakfast to Sunday packed lunch, kayaking launch fees, bunkhouse, minibus hire & fuel, equipment, access fees and coaching. 

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Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are running an adventure weekend to North Wales that is open to all of our members, whether an experienced white water paddler or more comfortable on flat water. We have arranged an exciting programme with additional adrenaline-filled activities that everyone can enjoy. We have arranged it on a “pick n’ mix” basis that can be flexible to suit your abilities and wallet.

Activities – Canyoneering and White Water Rafting are being lead and run by Rhos y Gwaliau Outdoor Centre and National Whitewater Centre respectively. They will provide all necessary equipment including helmets and wet suits.

Kayaking – Kayakers should be at the appropriate level of training for the Lower Tryweryn trip (6kms) at Grade 2(3) with one Grade 4 section that can be portaged. The Upper Tryweryn is shorter but more demanding, with plenty of Grade 3(4) water running at 9-10 cumecs (cubic metres per second).

We are staying at Glan Hirnant, a comfortable hostel style, country house opposite the Rhos Y Gwaliau Outdoor Centre, near Bala lake. We will provide a cooked breakfast on Saturday & Sunday (packed breakfast for Canyoneering); packed lunch on Saturday & Sunday; Dinner on Saturday evening. We will be providing transport to North Wales by minibus with gear and kayaks on trailers.

20th Anniversary Trip Date: 30th August – 1st September 2024

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness, Fun!

Minimum Kayaking Ability Level: Good level Intermediate Level 2, Paddle Explore Award or 2 Star with 10 hours whitewater experience or White Water Award trainee.

Minimum Requirements for Rafters & Canyoneers – Should be over 12 years of age and under 115kg (18 stone) and be able to swim 25m

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. Kayakers should have your own whitewater specific helmet, cag and buoyancy aid as a minimum.

Base Cost – Weekend Trip including transport, accommodation and food – £105.00
WW Kayak trip on Lower Tryweryn -Min. Level 2 with WW experience – £15.00
Canyoneering – no experience required (min age 12) – £60.00
WW Kayaking on Upper Tryweryn – Min. lots of WW experience – £15.00
Whitewater Rafting on Upper Tryweryn, no experience required (min age 12) – £60.00

Download brochure Phoenix Canoe Club 20th Anniversary Adventure Weekend for more details.

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