Previous River Trips

Fallback to the Lune

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-12-10

The trip was in the programme as any of several exciting rivers that need lots of water to run (the Rawthey or Duddon in particular). But levels were on the low side of medium and there was just a smidgin of rain forecast, mainly in the west, so we looked at the gauges, ruled out the Kent as having been done recently (and in the programme again in a couple of weeks) and chose the Lune as our fallback trip. There was some degree of panic as we drove over the A66 and looked left to see the Greta flowing quite full, high up on the moors.

Ice Cool on the Eden

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-12-10

by Tony Johnson

Starting the day with some serious ice scraping even before loading the kayak onto the car pretty much set the scene for what was without doubt the coldest SOC trip I've yet undertaken.

Wintry Scotland - the Orchy and the Leny

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-12-10

Some Orchy, then some more

Andy's Scottish weekend found water levels highish, despite most of the precipitation seeming to be falling as snow at the hostel in Tyndrum on Friday night. We decided not to even look at the Etive on Saturday, but headed for the Orchy.

Sunny River Kent - and a nice level

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-12-10

Penny was running a joint Durham/SOC trip to the Kent, and the level had been quite high a day or two before, so looked likely to be running higher than our usual dead-low fallback trips for a change. The EA gauge at Sedgwick showed 0.65m and this proved to be a really easy level to run the river – no big stoppers on Scroggs or Sedgwick weirs, and nothing too chunky in Old Mill rapid, either. Ten of us met up in Kendal, finding parking in rather short supply, but we managed to squeeze in (“unloading” is allowed on yellow lines…) for long enough to get everyone kitted up.

Boldron Paddlefest October 2012

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-11-12

Back to October half term again this year (it was a bit cold at New Year, although we'll be paddling then, too) and only a three day event was planned - perhaps just as well, since water levels were really quite low on Friday (Barnard Castle to Winston) and Saturday (Racing stretch), but came up rather more than we'd expected on Sunday (Upper) - all on sections of the River Tees this year.

Sleningford - Introduction to White Water

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-10-03

by Tony Johnson

So, the great debate had taken place and the conclusion drawn that, not only is coaching allowed within the SOC, but it should be actively encouraged to attract new and retain existing members. With that in mind I set off to Sleningford Mill to meet up with Terry and a group of like-minded students for our Introduction to White Water.

More go mad in Slovenia

Posted by James Hastings on 2012-09-08

by James Hastings

Much as it would have been nice to join Pete, Terry et al on their Slovenia trip in early June, work commitments got in the way. Thus we planned something similar for late July/early August. The original plan was to do a week in Slovenia and a week in Austria, but the Austrian part increasingly became a logistical problem and as everyone was enjoying themselves so much on the Soča, we decided to stay there for the full two weeks.

Lower Swale - local water new to local paddlers ?

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-08-10

by Pete Ball

Three hours parking at the swimming pool car park turned out to be just right for the trip from Richmond down to Catterick Bridge.

Another “Summer” white water paddle

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2012-08-10

River Tees Race Course, Saturday 7th July.

by Ian Graystone

The title is not sarcastic ingratitude. The rain gods have been good to the white water paddlers so far this summer and for some the tap was turned on a little bit too hard for a little too long. I hope anyone who has suffered as a result of the un-seasonal weather is getting back to normal as quickly as possible. On Thursday 5th I found myself driving up the main street in Barnard Castle against a river of water heading for the quickest way into the River Tees.

White kids on the White Nile

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2012-07-10


Not many rivers round here... the short carry into Ringway airport.
Photo: Sarah Waddington

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