Previous River Trips

Rough Justice on the Wharfe

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-01-24

by Pete Bridgstock

Have you ever felt under pressure ? Well, it was really laid on on our trip to the Wharfe. There were thirteen of us, so who would be the unlucky one to end up with the ignominy of doing the write-up ? After doing the shuttle and ending back at the put-in at Kettlewell, it had not been decided. Various ideas were being thrown about. Firmly in the frame at this stage was Pete Ball, who, having organised the trip used the weak excuse of being stuck on a rig somewhere in the fog-bound North Sea just to get out of paddling.

Upper Wharfe, Middle Wharfe, 2010-01-17

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2010-01-17

Having not paddled the Wharfe for a long time, Neil's "IV-ish" trip visited both the Upper and Middle Wharfe in the same day. I think we had been hoping for water in some of the more exciting tributaries, but the snow was persisting, and so there was just enough water to do the Upper Wharfe.

How the Westies was won

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2009-07-29

A family outing to the alps, how delightful. Sarah wanted to take her playboat, but the rivers dictated that a river-running boat was going to be a must for some trips. If she gets to take two boats, then I want to too ! So we ended up in a car with six boats on the roof (balanced on specially-extended roof bars), towing a caravan with four bikes inside ... eventually arriving in Argentière. We can't say the week with Canoe Control was entirely a success, as we had rather anticipated that the four of us would paddle together.

Spate Beck or River Paddling - in Midsummer ?

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2009-05-07

Will the 2009 summer be wet again ? We've certainly had a dry spring, and the total lack of water meant that the Swale Charity Paddle was cancelled for the first time since Foot-and-Mouth. May 6th is definitely "summer season" in Swaledale, with leaves on the trees, primroses and bluebells out in the woods, and tourist traffic on the roads. But water is where you find it, and with an overnight deluge, the Tees was right up (too high to play on Abbey Rapids) so I decided that the Swale owed me a trip this year.

Wet West Paddlefest 2008

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2008-09-15

SOC had planned a trip to the Wet West Paddlefest in 2007, but the evening entertainment seemed so much orientated towards drunken students in fancy dress, that we were put off. Stuart is made of sterner stuff, however, and motivated a trip to this (now annual) event in 2008. Stuart and Francis (with Chez and Rob from the Newcastle Uni. club) were up a few days early when they discovered why the locals don't paddle the Etive when it is very high.

The Hills are alive with the Sound of Paddlers

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2008-07-11

Well, alpine mountains, in fact. In summer 2008, a number of SOC members headed out at the beginning of July for some alpine paddling. It was fortunate that no-one could agree a week in May, as we had originally thought best, as the amount of snow this year meant that levels were epic early in the season and paddling was made illegal in a large part of the French alps. By July, the sun was out, melting the snowpack, but not so fast that the whole place was awash...

Scotland in September

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2007-09-09

by Pete Ball

Having travelled to the area on Friday afternoon in order to look at some of the rivers near to Pitlochry, we soon realised that there was very little water about. The Braan had only a trickle but it's definitely on the list for next time. It's one of a number of very small rivers threatened by applications for new small hydro schemes to which many paddlers are objecting.

Midsummer whitewater - 2007

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2007-07-04

16th June, mid sea-paddling season, saw us out on the River Wear, and only the second time I've ever seen enough water to paddle further up the valley than Stanhope. Johnny, Francis and myself met up at Wolsingham and were joined by a group of Durham paddlers to make a party of eight. Up the dale, we met up with a small group who had paddled down from Daddry Shield to Eastgate, whilst we put on to the bottom of Rookhope Burn, for a short run down to the main river.

Roy and Fechlin - colder than Uganda

Posted by Andy Waddington on 2005-12-05

Booked months in advance, no amount of pre-planning could stop last minute changes before eight of us got away for a weekend in Scotland. On Saturday we didn't travel far - just a few miles down the valley to the Middle (and Lower) Roy, which was at a nice level. Stuart had just come back from some very warm white water paddling on big-volume rivers in Uganda, so found the temperature a bit of a shock...

Tyne Tourists

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2005-11-13

by Sue Sharman and Andy Waddington

The morning started grey and rainy so Mary and I nipped down to have a look at the Tees. It seemed up but not too up so we were on. Andy and I set out for Hexham peering carefully at every river we crossed and becoming increasingly worried by the number of cars with boats on going the other way. However we arrived at Tyne Green to find the water up but not too up. Rounding everyone up was more fun but finally we all piled into Andy's car, having loaded his commodious roof rack, and set off for the put-in. However we didn't get very far – a helpful motorist flagged us down pointing out that the nearside rear tyre was very flat. We then found out how many canoeists it takes to change a wheel. Answer five – three to do it, one to record it for posterity and one to eat a Mars Bar to keep everyone's strength up.