Category: River Guides

Nene (whitewater course)

The whitewater course at Northampton on the river Nene is a fully pumped artificial facility. It is only suitable for wavehoppers due to one of the drops being harsh on the back end. It is a great course to try out wildwater racing, either in a normal whitewater boat or a wavehopper.

Nith

The River Nith flows east from the hills of South Ayrshire, then south through the towns of New Cumnock, Sanquhar, Thornhill and Dumfries, some 64km to the Solway Firth. Much of the river is of slack water with occasional falls of Grade I, mainly in the lower section. However, for a stretch of about 12km…
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North Tyne

A favourite for introduction to wildwater racing and more experienced paddlers. A classic race with a number of easier rapids in the early sections, followed by the more difficult gorge section to finish. Often twinned with the Tees as part of the Tour de North.

Pinkston WW Course

A short artificial course, suitable for beginners and intermediates.

Severn (Ironbridge)

A good race to start on. Best section of whitewater is based around Ironbridge, near Telford – home to the start of the industrial revolution. Jackfield rapids provides the most interest. Easy to recce from on the water, and safety is easy to provide. River Levels: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/2058?direction=u Webcam:

Taff

Great intermediates race in south Wales. Higher water levels give good wave chains.

Tay

The Tay is a classic wildwater racing venue. A very wide river it produces highly European style whitewater at high water levels, with very long wavelengths. There are twi distinct racing sections, one based around Grandtully – the other at Stanley further downstream. River Levels: Below about 0.7 on the gauge the Tay can be…
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Tees

The Tees is a great ww venue when there is a good level of water, however it can be subject to rapid rise and fall of levels. A series of open rapids lead to the gorge section, a series of steep drops the largest of which is Woden Croft – a trickly left hander with…
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Teme

Racing no longer takes place on the river Teme, but this river provides long stretches of grade 2+ water which is great for training. Access on the Teme in recent years has become a little problematic, particularly around the main Ludlow town weir. The Ludlow town section is a series of weirs with relatively flat…
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Trent (HPP Whitewater Course)

An artificial whitewater course on the Trent at Nottingham. A sprint course and ausefule resource for whitewater paddling in the summer months when natural whitewater is scarce in the country. The bottom “Daleks” section is suitable for beginners, the main course is suitable for intermediate paddlers. Risk of injury and boat damage is low in…
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Trent (Stone)

The Stone River Race Course is located on the upper Trent at Stone in Staffordshire. It is held on a 3.5km stretch of the river between the Darlaston Inn (located on roundabout at junction of A34 and A51) and Stafford and Stone Canoe Club (located just off the A34 by the shell garage roundabout in…
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Tryweryn

The Tryweryn is a great resource for Wildwater racing as it is one of the very few quality rivers that are available through the summer period. The upper site and lower (usually referred to middle section) part of the river are very different in character. The top site is steep, quality international standard water, below…
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Usk

A Racing classic. The river Usk rises in the mountains of south Wales to the west of Brecon. It flows generally west to east past Sennybridge, Brecon, Crickhowell an Abergavenny, then turns south before Raglan to enter the Severn estuary at Newport. The river rises and falls faster than the larger nearby river Wye, big…
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Washburn

A short classic race with small chop all the way down the course, great fun and deceptively tricky to get really clean lines. There are three main features; a small straightforward drop, the main weir feature as seen in the image above and the final broken weir section approx 200m below the main weir. There…
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Wye

Whilst the Wye is not used any more for racing (there used to be a popular descent race in the autumn), it is a good piece of training water. The long training run section is from Builth Wells to Boughrood. Park in the pay and display car park in Builth, egress is on river right…
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