Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Ogmore

Paddle Point
Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32, UK

A really easy put in. Walk through the park and a gate takes you to a public footpath adjacent to the river. The Ogmore Anglers claim to own the entire bank, it's rubbish, they own the fishing rights and some of the bank but this path is a public right of way. Even the OAA can't argue about that (probably!). Turn left or right once through the gate the path runs right next to the river at many spots!

Paddle Point
Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32, UK

Tree down on flat section, just after a small ledge. It is sneakable on the far right. Easy portage is on river left but best eddies are all on the other side!

Paddle Point
Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32, UK

This tree is easily portaged on river left. Not passable on the water a really horrible tree branches everywhere.

There's an easy put in almost immediately downstream of the tree.

Paddle Point
Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32, UK

Park in industrial Pk or local housing estate (if there's fishermen about). There is a small fence to negotiate if launching here!

Paddle Point
Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32, UK

This industrial estate in Brynmeyn is a popular spot for launching and parking. Places within the estate for parking and launching are many.
Both wiers will need to be considered if launching this far up.

Paddle Point
Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32, UK

The Garw enters the Ogmore here a better river than the Garw!

Paddle Point
Bryncethin, Bridgend, UK

At most levels this weir needs to be treated with caution. At high levels it's nasty. Boxed in on both sides. Inspection required. Egress and portage available on river right just after the bend.

Paddle Point
Aberkenfig, Bridgend, UK

Nice little rapid that beginners will enjoy. A great and easy eddy is available on the right as the water starts to pick up.
A good place for practicing breaking in.
For a tougher challenge can you make the micro eddy river left just before the rapid's first wave?

Paddle Point
Bryncethin, Bridgend, UK

A good spot for launching.
This side of the Sarn bridge is owned by the company that built the adjacent houses. No official access granted here but it is NOT owned by the Ogmore Anglers (this side of the bridge). Just a short distance down the footpath are playing fields these are owned by the local coucil so an alternative launch spot

Paddle Point
Sarn, Bridgend CF32, UK

This is where the Llynfi joins the Ogmore

Paddle Point
Aberkenfig, Bridgend, UK

Biggest drop on the Ogmore.
Forms an excellent playwave for skilled boaters only though in big water(Over a metre on the guage).

At normal levels a fun drop with an obvious V that beginners will enjoy. A large pool after makes this an excellent spot for practicing ferrying, rolling etc.
It is possible to park under the motorway bridge and just use this spot. In fishing season it's a popular spot for anglers so maybe not park here then!

Paddle Point
Bridgend, UK

Lovely wave in medium water. Good eddy service river left.
at its best between 65-90 on the EA Guage

Paddle Point
Bridgend, UK

A good place to get out following a run of the Ogmore. Coucil owned fishermen can not legally tell you not to use this slipway.

Paddle Point
Bridgend, UK

This sloping weir is runnable in low water and forms a fun little playwave with nice eddies either side. In medium and high water the tow back is boily and strong. Between 65-150 cm on the EA guage this wier is best left alone. A council owned slipway is upriver 100m so getting out before the weir is easy.

Recently (2013) this weir was made more fish friendly with an unexpected bonus; The far right side now forms a small wave in conditions where it used to be avoided! Obviously still worth inspecting but it's certainly a lot safer(runnable) than it was!
Paddle Point

An alternative get out for WW paddlers or a good launch spot for open boaters and tourers after a mellow paddle. A popular fishing spot don't park here in fishing season. Paddlers have been threatened here. Parking is possible at this actual spot. In very high water the road floods just before the bridge.