Canyoning in The Neath Valley

The River Mellte is bigger and bolder than all the others in the Neath Valley – nicknamed ‘waterfall county’. The Mellte has the most impressive waterfalls of all and you can jump, slide and swim your way down them.

Canyoning offers big jumps and bumpy white-water slides in truly breathtaking scenery. With challenges like ‘Down Time’, ‘The Ledge of Nowhere’ and ‘The Slamdunk’ its a great option for those looking to push themselves beyond their comfort levels!

Logistics: Just 30mins North of Swansea and 50mins North of Cardiff , this spectacular activity takes place in Glynneath, Neath.
Looking for transport? An 8 seater from Swansea Centre will cost £100 return and a 16 seater will cost you £160. To book a bus please contact Simon at https://www.swansea-minibus-hire.co.uk/contact-us for a 10% minibus discount with Simon please quote RIPNROCK. 

Please note; due to the nature and environment of the activities, in rare circumstances if conditions prove to be too dangerous, we will offer an alternative activity. A refund is offered if not alternative is available. 

Canyoning faq’s

Q. Do you provide the kit? A. Yes , we provide you with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet and in colder months you’ll also be provided with a wetsuit hood, socks and thermal lined gloves.

Q. Do we need to bring anything? A. Yes, a pair of old shorts to be worn over our wetsuits(giving them much needed protection against the rocks-especially for the bumshufflers amoungst you). Your own footwear that you don’t mind getting wet (a walking boot/shoe or trainer with laces-sandal or wetsuit shoes aren’t suitable), swimwear for under the wetsuit, a towel and any medication you may need.

Q. Do I need to be a strong swimmer? A. No. The majority of our customers are not strong swimmers.  If you are a non swimmer but are confident in the water in a buoyancy aid (which keeps you afloat) and can do some form of forward paddle such as a doggy paddle/breaststroke then based on previous observations, this should suffice. If you are a non or weak swimmer and do not have water confidence, then you may prefer to miss out and walk around some of the challenges.

Q. Do I need to be fit to go Canyoning? A. A reasonable level of fitness is required. The session is approx 3 hrs long and entails short pool swims, jumps and walking in and out of the river along rocks and river bed. In our opinion, the real test of fitness would be the walk back ‘up’ to the carpark along a rugged footpath.

Q. Do I have to do all of the Jumps? A. No, jumps are optional. We always build you up to the big jumps, starting small. This allows our guides to coach you on jumping techniques and observe you. If you aren’t able to master the correct techniques our guides will not allow you to do the bigger jumps. The biggest being 10m on some days. 

Q. Do you have age limits? A. 7yrs old is the youngest. No older age limits apply.

Q. What if the weather is bad? A. We’ll still go ahead in the rain. If the river conditions are too dangerous we will offer an alternative such as coasteering or gorge walking(these are an hour away from our canyoning venues) If an alternative cannot be provided you will receive a full refund.

Q.Can I take pictures? A. Yes you are welcome to bring a waterproof camera to take pictures, this will be at your own risk. Some way of attaching the camera to you wrist/buoyancy aid is strongly reccommended. 

Q. Can I spectate from the side if I don’t want to take part? A. There is a public footpath that runs almost parallel to river, which is most likely to be uneven and potentially slippery. This will be entirely at your own risk and you will not the resposibilty of the guide.