Previous River Trips

Inaugural Upper Tees Creek Race - March 2014

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-03-16

Several club members took part in the Upper Tees Creek Race - organised by Rory Woods as a pilot for what is hoped to be an annual event. Low water perhaps deterred a number of people from traveling a significant distance but there were still over forty racing on the day and it attracted quite a lot of interest both from passing walkers and spectators who had come specifically to watch the event. It was also great fun!

High water - retreat to ditches !

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-02-20

You can have too much of a good thing... Levels were epic with many of our local favourites being bigger than to our taste. The Upper Swale was showing over 1.5m, the Tees Greta well over a metre and the Tees itself big on all sections, and well outside our comfort zone on the Upper Tees. The Rawthey would no doubt have gone for a second time (after a fifteen year wait), and perhaps some Tees tribs would have gone, but we had a bigger group than ideal for ditches.

Worth the fifteen year wait - the Rawthey

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-02-20

Soon after I'd started white water paddling, Pete Bridgstock had related the tale of a trip down the River Rawthey, which needs a lot of rain and drops very quickly almost as soon as the rain eases off. From not long after that, when I was paddling at a high enough grade to contemplate the trip, the River Rawthey had been on my list of rivers to paddle. The club hasn't (to my knowledge) had another descent since Pete's trip, maybe fifteen years ago, so there was no-one left paddling regularly who knew the river.

Nile desperandum

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2014-01-21

I say old chap - we're missing the Queen's Speech and all the other dreadful TV drivel they put out at Christmas. Admittedly we're also missing excellent water levels at home, but here it's warm enough to paddle every day in short sleeves. A run from Bujagali dam down to Superhole includes a lot of flat water, but did include some white water sections we hadn’t done on our previous trip to Uganda. Dead Dutchman was one bit to avoid – but this was easily done by going down Overtime.

28th October on the Clough

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2013-11-11

by Andrew Barras

It was the day after the southern storms, and it had been raining the previous night. Five of us gathered to paddle the Clough, a real gem of a river. The road through Garsdale criss-crosses the Clough numerous times and we could have put on much higher up, giving us a gentle introduction, but time was not on our side.

Two weeks of Scottish whitewater

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-11-10

The end of October, beginning of November proved to be an inspired choice of season to visit Scotland, as the drought finally ended with a vengeance throughout the UK, but Scotland at least escaped the hurricane in the south! To be fair though, our choice was dictated by the dates of half term and the Glenmore Lodge Grand Rivers tour. We started on the Pattack, which is a very fine river that does need a bit of water to come into condition.

A Ditches Day in Swaledale

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-11-10

Lots of overnight rain is always promising for the next day (25th October, in this instance), but the EA online gauge showed us only the 05:45 update, and rivers had not yet come up. We knew they would soon be dropping again and had no real feel for how high the Swale might have risen, so Swaledale was a bit of a calculated gamble:- we weren't sure if we would be on the Upper Swale at a lowish level or might be lucky and catch some tribs.

The Greta as the drought fades

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-11-10

October 20th's trip was programmed as the Keswick Greta, but the west had had less rain than us, so the gauge was only showing 0.75m and dropping very early morning. Penny and the Durham group ran it, at 0.7m and found the level OK, though well below the white line. However, the SOC group, meeting at Bowes, decided it was not worth crossing the A66 for - and besides, the local Greta seemed to be running, which is a nicer river, though a bit harder than the grade on the SOC meets list.

How Low Can You Go ? The Kent

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-10-21

The Kent and the Lune are regular standby runs when the water is low, and as the Lune is on my list to get back to in high water, I picked the Kent for this dryish Sunday in mid-October. We avoided the long flattish section from Kendal (where even the little playwaves on all the low weirs would be too low to bother) by putting in at Scroggs Weir. Only four of us were motivated enough to make the trip, and as Penny was already in the Lakes, Alex, Don and I squeezed into one car.

Wet West 2013

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2013-10-21

After last year's very successful three-or-more-day trip (various people went up early) a number were keen to return in 2013, either to repeat their success or to do the bits of the Moriston they skulked round last time. There was a drought in Scotland (surely not still the same one we endured at Easter?) but, of course, the Wet West copes with this by having dam releases on both days. The result was a very pleasant sunny day on the Moriston, with lots of water.

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