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Rafting the Graveyard rapid on the Afon Tryweryn

Rafting the Graveyard rapid on the Afon Tryweryn

Rafting the Graveyard rapid on the Afon Tryweryn


Canolfan Tryweryn,
LL23 7NU



The National White Water Centre is located in Bala in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The centre is the UK’s original white water rafting venue with over 30 years’ experience. Set in stunning Welsh hills, the dam controlled River Tryweryn has high flows ideal for exhilarating white water rafting and canyoning adventures on natural rapids throughout the year.

Our most popular rafting session! This two hour session takes you crashing down the Upper Tryweryn’s natural, Welsh mountain white water rapids, with enough time to usually fit in 4 exciting and challenging runs of the one mile section.

A Rafting Taster Session is an ideal introduction to white water rafting! A great session for individuals, small groups or anyone wondering if riding the rapids is the adrenaline fuelled activity for them. The Rafting Taster session takes you on two action packed runs down the Upper Tryweryn’s natural, Welsh mountain white water rapids!

This is a great family friendly session! Perfect for children aged 10 and 11, this session will take you adventuring down the fun and varied white water rapids on the Lower Tryweryn River. The beautiful valley is teaming with wildlife along with some challenging rapids, boulder gardens and surf waves. The four mile trip will finish in the nearby town of Bala, from where you will be shuttled back up to the centre for a warm shower!

Orca Adventure is a session for the adventurous! Learn the skills to negotiate our white water rapids in an inflatable two-person Orca. A step up from white water rafting but not quite as committing as kayaking, the Orca Adventure is a great way to feel the exposure of the river environment whilst having some expert advice from experienced guides.

For this white water adventure you won't be sitting in a raft for your river descent! You will be transported to a venue off-site where you will test your skills and bravery to the max. You will climb, scramble, slide and swim your way through the gorge with the added bonus of the stunning scenery of this remote river, located within Snowdonia National Park. This activity is a fantastic way to experience the thrill of being deep in a gorge with nothing but nature (and your instructor) to guide you down the twists and turns of the cascading river.

If you don't fancy the adventure of the river, don't worry: there is a riverside walk, café and picnic areas which give you the opportunity to take in the splendour of the surrounding in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, and the breath-taking scenery of the area offers a magnificent retreat, not only for the water sports enthusiast, but for everyone.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs accepted

Open all the time


RAFTING FULL SESSION: From £360 per raft or from £93 per person
Approx. duration: 2 hours

RAFTING TASTER SESSION: From £37 per person
Approx. duration: 1 hour

ORCA ADVENTURE: £95 per person
Approx duration: 4 hours

CANYONING: £56 per person
Approx duration: 2 hours


Canolfan Tryweryn,
LL23 7NU


Plan route to National White Water Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 888402  Lat: 52.94763 Long: -3.65642

From Llangollen follow the A5 to Corwen, 1 ½ miles through Corwen take the left turning to Bala (A494). At Bala turn right towards Trawsfynydd (A4212). Drive 3 miles to the village of Frongoch, just 1 mile past Frongoch we are signposted on the left.

From Bangor head for Betws Y Coed on the A5, bear right on the junction for the A470 (north), pass Pentrefoelas and Glasfryn. 3 miles later turn right onto B4501 signposted Bala. After around 7 miles on this road, turn right at T-junction onto A4212 towards Trawsfynydd. Around 1 mile up this road we are signposted on the left.

From Aberystwyth through Machynlleth on the A478 towards Corris. Descend to “Cross Foxes Inn” and at the T-junction turn left onto A470 follow the road towards Dolgellau and turn right onto the A494 signposted Bala. Bear left at village of Llanuwchllyn and follow the lake round to Bala. At Bala follow Trawsfynydd signs A4212. Drive 3 miles to the village of Frongoch, just 1 mile past Frongoch we are signposted on the left.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted