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SH742282 (2*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Colin & Karen Leonard (21/08/2006)

'This ford is on what appears to be a forestry track, although it may well originally have been for the Gold mines (now closed). I believe that it is only publicly accessible as a footpath.

The ford itself has a concrete base and at the time of visit was approximately 20 feet wide and only a couple of inches deep (although many of the local streams and rivers had become little more than a trickle so it may be much deeper in normal flow).'

Cae Gwyn
SH711296 (3*) Restricted Access
Sent in by John Brown (13/09/2003)

'One of two fords just off the A470 near Maesgwm Forest, the other being Gelli-gch (q.v.) There are no road junction signs, and the lane entrance is gated, looking as if it just goes into Cae Gwyn farm, alongside the road. Persevere, though, and you come to this delightful little concrete ford, 10m across and 2in deep.'

Please be aware that the road is only a public road in so far as access to Cae'n-y-Cefn farm is concerned. The river which houses rare aquatic life is protected and carefully monitored on a regular basis by the Countryside Council of Wales as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

SH491629 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Ian Jolly (21/03/05)

'It is on a little used (by vehicles!) road which crosses the Afon Cadnant. There is a delightful little stone footbridge beside it. The road (tarmac) is much eroded on the northside such that there is a step of several inches (about 9" !). The river bottom is just stones.'

Coed y Brenin
SH735263 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew Kay (29/06/2004)

'The ford crosses the Afon Mawddach in Coed Y Brenin forest. It can be approached from the south via a minor tarred public road that joins the A470T at SH727248. The base of the ford is large stone/rock and seems very uneven. The water depth looks to be about 12ins or so for much of the width, but there is a short section in the middle that is much deeper - possibly 36ins or more. It may or may not be drivable, but would certainly require a well prepared 4x4 to attempt it.'

Cwm yr-afon
SH621298 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Nigel Morgan (07/06/08)

'We were heading up towards the "Roman Steps", about halfway along the very quaint single track road, with very narrow passing places, we stumbled across a ford that crosses the river Afon Artro. The OS Landranger map shows a footpath on a bridge crossing the river, however in reality there is a small pretty stone footbridge at theside of a concrete slab based ford. The slab has started to break up. The river was approximately 2" deep at the time, but I would imagine it could get far deeper without flooding the main road.'

Gelli Goch
SH711289 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (13/09/2003)

'This is one of two fords just off the fast and straight A470 as it scythes through Snowdonia National Park, immediately north of Maesgwm Forest. Both are on cul-de-sac tarred, twisty and gated lanes leading to isolated farms - the other is Cae Gwyn. This is the easier to find, as it has Road Junction signs.

The ford is a shallow concrete slab, now breaking up, some 15m across and 2.5in deep. It is probably used mainly by bigger vehicles, as small cars can take the tarred detour across the small bridge on the north side.'

SH586706 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Andrew Wells (24/10/2003) and Phil Price (01/09/2004)

'Always wet and can be deep in Winter. It has fairly steep ramps on both sides and has a concrete base. Easy for all traffic. (mouseover sent in by Dave & Lindy Latham)'

Image 3 sent in by Guy Springett (15/03/2005) showing the ford in torrent. Guy assures me that the ford is frequently like this and should not be used after heavy rain even in a well prepared 4x4.

SH891167 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Jonathan Buckley & Roger Thorley (Image 1: 07/06/2008)

'This ford crosses the river Dyfi river approximately 10 miles east of Dolgellau. The best approach is from Dinas Mawddy where you turn off the A470 NE onto the minor road posted towards Llanymawddy.

The ford is on an unclassified county road with vehicular rights. Access is best achieved from the south-east, otherwise you have to tackle a very sharp rake-back with a low wall to your left which bears plenty of scars. The ford is only suitable for 4x4's because of the depth and steep exit back to the road on the other side. The ford is approx. 70 yards long, has a gravel bed and involves driving a short distance through the river.' Image 2 sent in by Wayne Foxall (10/11/2004) shows a ford you go through to get to the large river crossing

SH731305 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (Image 1: 13/09/2003) and Colin & Karen Leonard (Image 2: 21/08/2006)

'When this area was part of Bronaber army ranges, during the war and until the 1960s, this concrete ford was build to enable heavy vehicles to bypass the tricky sharp turn on to the narrow stone bridge about 100 yards to the south. 12m across, 2in deep.'

Shell Island Tidal Road
SH559266 (3*) Tidal
Sent in by Ant Veal (01/11/2001)

A nice welsh tidal ford with huge potential for engine flooding with salty water. Take care to check the tide times (available on the link below.)

SH725109 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (13/09/2003)

'Tal-y-llyn is one of Snowdonia's most beautiful and famous lakes. From the Tal-y-llyn Hotel, a small gated lane runs along its northern shore. A hundred yards before it reemerges on the B4405, it passes through this attractive concrete ford, 10m across and 2in deep. Footbridge but no Ford signs or depth gauge. Definitely worth a visit for the setting.'

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