The River Irfon in Builth Wells has a wide pebble beach and is shallow enough for little legs to paddle; perfect for picnics. It is accessed by scrambling down a bank after walking through the Groe and down a wide tarmac path adjacent to the River Wye. It is difficult to take wheels down the bank to the river although, you could lock up bikes and buggies on the bank above. Also nearby are toilets, cafes, shops, a park and a playing field.
N.B. always take care near rivers and don’t go close after heavy rain or if they are in flood.
River Irfon, Builth Wells
Distance: just over half a mile
Time: however long you want to splash for!
Park at the Groe and wander down the tarmac path next to the River Wye. Keep a look out for herons, ducks and jumping fish.
After half a mile you will see where the River Irfon joins the Wye – don’t swim here, it is dangerous as there are underwater currents.
Follow the path around to the left and you will see a footbridge across the Irfon. Just before and after the bridge there are a number of worn paths to scramble down the bank.
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The Beckingham family