There are several Gorge Scrambling (aka Canyoning / Gorge Walking) routes in the Brecon Beacons the most popular are listed below (Routes 1 & 2) there are also alternative routes detailed further down the page.
River Mellte & River Sychryd (approx 3hrs)- Route 1
This is the most established and popular route in the Brecon Beacons, it includes a range of different jumps that steadily progress in height up to approx 22ft- known locally as ‘Loonies Leap’! This area has some great rock formations that allow for a variety of scrambles, crawls in confined spaces, traverses and interesting areas to explore. This route also includes a waterfall cascade scramble and a walk or crawl underneath a waterfall before jumping.
This is the most popular route in the Brecon Beacons it is fast paced with plenty of challenges and great fun, for these reasons it is our default route, if you have already completed this route and / or prefer the route below please let us know upon booking.
Upper River Mellte (approx 3hrs) Route 2
This is a very scenic location which has some of the largest waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons. Some of the footage at the start of the second video (below) has been taken in this area and there is a very large waterfall that you can walk behind. On the downside there are only two main jumps although they can be taken repeatedly and the biggest jump is slightly higher than Loonies leap at approx 27ft. There are some nice scrambles but there are no crawls, caves or mines in the area. This route is not suitable when river levels are high.
Extended Route (4hrs- Full day)?
We are familiar with an extended route offered by a competitor company that joins Route 2 to the very end section of Route 1 however the journey between the two is a long walk which is slippery and relatively uninteresting i.e. no challenges en route so we do not recommend this route.
Please note duration of routes are approximate based on an average group size of 8-12, duration can alter depending upon the size of the group, weather conditions, river levels etc.
All the Videos & Photos on this page were taken from the routes we use in the Brecon Beacons- Copyright Blue Ocean Activities.
As mentioned the highest possible (and safe) jumps in the area are a maximum of 22ft-27ft which is more than enough for most groups, however if you have the urge to jump higher then you may be interested in Coasteering which takes place in West Wales (2½ hrs from Cardiff).
* Please note that all times are approximate, they are based on an average group size of 8-10 and will also depend upon river conditions, weather and overall ability of the group.
Clydach Gorge near Gilwern, Abergavenny
This route has the option of a 50ft 'dry' abseil off a viaduct before getting changed to take part in a wet gorge which is really suited for children, the route is not as interesting as the above routes and if there are other groups present you can end up waiting around (something we always aim to avoid) as such this route is not recommended or used by ourselves, if you want to abseil then why not try our abseiling experience.
This route is also rarely used, we would not really describe this as Gorge Scrambling (or Canyoning ) more of an adventure walk with an inclusive 30ft abseil, the route follows a mountain stream and once at the peak of the mountain the abseil takes place- the area is fairly exposed without any trees or forestry although it is fairly rugged and remote. There are no deep rivers or plunge pools so there are no big jumps and challenges tend to be fairly tame.