Category: River Guides

River Guides

Easy/IntroductionSuitable for first race experience. Limited experience in a WWR is necessary. Rapids are typically straightforward with easy rescue. IntermediateRivers requiring more understanding of whitewater and control of the WWR in rough conditions.  Intermediate/AdvancedRivers require more understanding of whitewater and more accomplished skills in a WWR boat. Lower levels are typically intermediate, with the conditions…
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Introductory/Easy Venues

Suitable for first race experience. Limited experience in a WWR is necessary. Rapids are typically straightforward with easy rescue.

Aire

Map reference for club site is SE120380, there is like a footbridge across the river below the road bridge and it also has a square blob next to the bridge. Start is usually opposite cemetary, Grid Reference SE100400 Finish is usually at the club site but can be where the canal goes over the river…
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Avon (Stratford)

The Avon race at Stratford is curently advertised as Grade 1/2. Well,that was true in the winter when we recced it, but come April it’s basically flat water with a dead easy 5ft weir and some interesting swirly bits at the bottom. It’s an ideal entry level race and safe as houses for first timers.…
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Dart

NEWBRIDGE (SX712708). Between Newbridge and Holne Bridge the Dart makes a large loop just over three miles long which gives this section its common name. It is a good grade 3 at normal winter levels. Numerous natural drops together with some remoteness mean that this section is not suitable for novices. Access at Newbridge is…
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Dee

River Dee is one of the classic WWR division A races, the Serpents Tail and Town falls being the highlights. Downstream of the put in waves take you under a road bridge and past the Chain Bridge Hotel towards the famous Serpent’s Tail. In high water the approach to this is impressive, with ‘play’ stoppers…
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Derwent (Howsham Mill)

A straightforward weir chute suitable for novices. The race is usually held in conjunction with a slalom. Water Levels: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/9356?direction=u Webcam: Additional Information: https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/north-east/river-derwent-howsham-weir

Derwent (Matlock)

Matlock Whitewater Course This is a very popular regional race that provides a long but interesting course. The start is located adjacent to the car park of the Square and Compass at Darley Bridge north of Matlock and finishes down stream immediately below the slalom course at Matlock Bath. The course length is 7 km.…
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Dove

A Regional Classic race run from from Tutbury to Marston Weir. In 2003 it took Peter Keron 10min 27sec, whilst the slowest junior completed the race in just over 20 min. It is a staightforward course but when shallow you need to look ahead for lines which avoid beaches. The last 200m or so is…
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Langham Farm

Small sprint/slalom course. Some simple rock groins and a slightly tricky turn through a bridge. Good vantage points across the whole course. Suitable for introductory races. River Levels: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/3049?direction=u Webcam:

Goyt

Suitable for beginners, simple rapids and small falls.

Irwell (Burrs Centre)

The Irwell at Burrs is a good introductory race, with full bank access. The nearby Mersey follows it up as a training venue with slighty easier water but a longer course. Both these race courses can be paddled at practically any level, even if there has not been recent rain. The Irwell comes up and…
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Leven

A short (6 minutes) section of whitewater fed by Windermere in the Lake District. A series of drops and rapids. This was the site of the “Leven Test” a time trial where the results were adjusted for weather and water conditions. Competitors would be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze “Dipper” badges depending on their adjusted…
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Lune

The Lune has a number of sections that are suitable for WWR. The more technical sections are use by the GB team for training in the winter, and the gorge sections (including the strid) are only suitable for intermediate/advanced paddlers. River Lune footage starts at 3:00 in the following footage. River Levels: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/5077?direction=u Webcam: https://www.farsondigitalwatercams.com/locations/tebay

Mersey

The Mersey is a useful training river, as it carries a reasonable flow at almost all times, and there are no access difficulties. For introducing novices, it makes a good combination with the Irwell at Burrs, which is shorter and has better bank access. The Mersey follows it up with slighty easier water but a…
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