River Lugg

River Lugg (Afon Llugwy)
River Lugg at Hampton Bishop
Countries Wales, England
Counties Powys, Herefordshire
 - left River Frome
 - right River Arrow
Settlements Llangynllo, Presteigne, Leominster, Hope under Dinmore, Marden, Lugwardine
Source Llangynllo
 - location Radnor Forest, Radnorshire, Powys, Wales
 - elevation 497 m (1,631 ft)
 - coordinates 52°21′29″N 3°12′20″W / 52.35806°N 3.20556°W / 52.35806; -3.20556
Mouth confluence with River Wye
 - location Mordiford, Herefordshire, West Midlands, England
 - elevation 46 m (151 ft)
 - coordinates 52°01′52″N 2°38′10″W / 52.03111°N 2.63611°W / 52.03111; -2.63611Coordinates: 52°01′52″N 2°38′10″W / 52.03111°N 2.63611°W / 52.03111; -2.63611
Length 72 km (45 mi)

The River Lugg (Welsh: Afon Llugwy) rises near Llangynllo, Powys. It flows through the border town of Presteigne, Wales then through Herefordshire, England, including the town of Leominster, south of which it is met by a tributary, the River Arrow, then to a confluence with the River Wye, which it joins at Mordiford, 9 miles (14 km) downstream of Hereford and 45 miles (72 km) from its source.

Below Leominster the river was made navigable under the River Wye & Lugg Navigation Act 1696 for improving the River Wye, and had pound locks. Despite several attempts to improve it, including making flash locks against bridges, the river was probably never a satisfactory navigation. Commercial navigation probably ceased in the early 19th century. It is still sometimes used by small boats, but can be very dangerous when in flood. The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for the river.

A railway bridge over the River Lugg on the Welsh Marches Line near the Dinmore.


The river is popular with canoeists who have undisputed rights of navigation.[1] It is a good fishing river.[2][3]


  1. "UK Rivers website". Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
  2. "Total Fishing Gear". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
  3. "Dwylon". Retrieved 28 November 2007.

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