River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby ali » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:48 pm

We paddled the Barle today from Tarr Steps to Exe Bridge. Southampton Canoe Club were also there and had paddled Saturday as well. There were no problems with access and actually a number of locals came to see us and say they were glad we were paddling from Tarr steps as canoeists staying away is damaging business. We therefore stayed longer in the pub afterwards than we would have normally done to help make the point that we're good for the area.

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby Tony Aiuto » Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:02 pm

Thought I would post the notice from the Tarr Steps get in, it gives grid ref for the objectors land.

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby Jon_Brown » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:17 am

A small group from our club paddled on Sunday 21st met with no problems from landowners or trees. Biggest hassle was lots of passing place shuffles, on the road, with other paddlers doing shuttles! There were at least two other clubs paddling and many people taking part in the race. At one time there must have been 50 plus paddlers at Tarr steps and as the first race wave set off more paddlers were arriving. Excellent. It was about 59cm on the EA gauge at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120726.aspx?stationId=3257 and was a scrape in several spots, another 5cm? would have been good.

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby andya » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:40 pm

Paddled from Tarr steps yesterday, and I must admit I was amazed there were so many paddlers there. Was great to see at leat 100 paddlers on the water. (our group was 40+ and left latter).

I didn,t realise there was a race ongoing. Anyone got details of this??

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby DJM » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:04 pm

The Pete Collins memorial race
We have a friendly, informal "banter" race and a tour for non racers there, every year for the last 23 years or so to raise money for the Trust.
Most local clubs that knew Pete are involved/participating in some way or another (Somerset area in general)
Dates of the race change year to year
Must admit the river was certainly busy and was good to see, so was the Anchor and a cracking carvery yet again.

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Re: River Barle Update

Postby Dicko » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:32 pm

Hi Guys

The Barle is at a cracking level at the mo and is good for those who have not paddled in spate conditions to get their confidence.

Two notable things though, if you are paddling from Tarr Steps down beware of Marsh Bridge as there are two massive trees pinned against the bridge across the whole river. YOU NEED TO STOP AND GET OUT ON RIVER RIGHT. If you miss the micro eddies stay far river right and there is a small sneak through but you will go through the over hanging small branches.

I suggest scouting both bridges on your way to the put in.

The other log is jammed across Dulverton Bridge blocking the third arch from river right. All other arches are clear.

Highways are aware of both of these and will remove the trees when the river drops. The Salmon Steps can be avoided by paddling directly towards the pump house and then drop off the small ledge aim for the bit that sticks out the furthest. Its safe and fun!!

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Re: River Barle Update

Postby Denys » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:52 pm

Ran the Barle today, great level, nice and bouncy and we were the only paddlers on the river! The tree situation is as stated by Dicko.
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Re: River Barle Update

Postby Gwilym » Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:52 pm

Ran Marsh Bridge to Exbridge in Open Boats today. Trees as stated in previous posts. We got on below Marsh Bridge but spoke to some kayakers who paddled from Tarr Steps and managed to squeeze past on far river right.

Picture of tree at Marsh Bridge here
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vxjU0tuP2_M/T ... CF0666.JPG

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Re: River Barle Update

Postby Denys » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:36 am

Forgot to mention - No hassle from anyone.

If you want to top up your lunch, there's an excellent farm shop right opposite the Dulverton car park entrance.
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Re: River Barle Update

Postby jmmoxon » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:54 pm

Today we lifted the bottom tree on right side of Marsh Bridge so currently the far right arch is clear, but a decent flow could dislodge it.

Tarr Steps is also choked up with trees.

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Re: River Barle Update

Postby Denys » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:06 pm

The tree blocking Dulverton Bridge (?) has been cleared, looking on the Stanburys cam it looks like there's a team doing it as I type. Happy days!
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Re: River Barle Update

Postby AlexN » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:11 pm

Paddled Tarr Steps to Marsh bridge on 21/01/11 and there were no trees blocking Marsh Bridge. No hassle from landowners. Very friendly pheasant shooters drinking sherry at Tarr Steps.

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby MikeStorrar » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:35 am

What are the levels doing on the Barle and Exe anyone know? Will it run on low this weekend?
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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby AJC Box » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:50 pm

Hi Mike,

I paddled from Marsh Bridge to Exbridge last Sunday when the gauge at Brushford was reading 0.51m; at this level the river was low and there was lots of scraping the bed. Today the gauge is at 0.41m, http://www.peakfreak.co.uk/kayaking/rpdstation.asp?RID=5&AID=8&CID=32 so I would guess that it is going to be too low to paddle.

The Exe is also running low, but there is usually enough water to make the Bolham to Tiverton or Bickleigh run worthwhile. Alternatively, go further downstream and access just above Four Pynes Weir and carry on down to Flowerpots in Exeter via Cowley Steps. That gives you three big weirs which most people won't go near in high water but which are relatively safe at these levels.

Have fun,

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby MikeStorrar » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:17 am

Thanks Adam that's great going to pass this weekend and leave it a week. Good info for future - never done the flowerpots run so i'll try that one!
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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence) NO Road acces

Postby TonyM » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:54 pm

Road access from Dulverton to Tarr Stepps will be difficult for 6 weeks from today, 6th November. There's a sign in Dulverton High St that the B3223 from Dulverton to Exford is being closed for roadworks. I'm not sure exactly which part is being closed - if anyone knows more, please post.

Access to Tarr Steps is longer and more dificult by any other route. You need to go via Winsford, or go south of the Barle o country roads, to get to the south side of Tarr Steps- I'm not sure what access is like there.

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Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

Postby Justinch » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:48 pm

Does anyone know if the road is really closed to Tarr Steps, or if they can be approached from the other side?
Also has anyone had contact with the chap that owns half the river recently?

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby fmd953 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:32 pm

Please take note that if you are intending on paddling the Barle there is a tree down and it is blocking the river across the full width.The tree is just down from Tarr Steps as you come out of the woodland you will see some open fields on river left, once you see these fields the obstruction will not be too far. Portage is quite easy on river left.I have uploaded a short video which may give you a better idea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzLeC0vSaoM

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby colonelorbit » Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:07 pm

Was that the only tree strainer on that stretch?
Hey lets be careful out there!

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby AlexN » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:49 pm

No river wide trees today between Tarr Steps and Dulverton but plenty of trees fallen down into the river narrowing options a bit. The road was closed from Marsh Bridge heading up the Moor for road works and will be for a while bit I didn't catch the dates.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby Active Adventure SW » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:44 pm

no trees down Tarr stepps to Dulverton... good clean run today. Trees have been cleared from the bridge (by a council workman tied to a full body harness with 8mm polyprope rope !!:-) ).. needs to do a wwsr course!! ;-)

The salmon steps on the section below dulverton has a tree stuck in the "rooster tail" big water line (river right) would make it dificult to take the right hand line, should dislodge when the level drops.

road is open again, if its closed again take the left at marsh bridge and then first right this will get you up to near the turning for Tarr steps.

New owners of the Anchor Inn (exbridge) are still happy for us to park in the carpark..just pop in for a drink afterwards.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby AlexN » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:05 pm

I could see no sign of a tree on river right or elsewere on the salmon steps weir (Brushford Weir) downstream of Dulverton yesterday.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby RSquared » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:00 am

River Barle Update 26 Nov 2012Ran the river yesterday when the Environment agency gauge was showing 1.08m at 05:00 dropping to 0.88m by 15:00 on Brushford gauge http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/120726.aspx?stationId=3257.River very pleasant grade 2 but fast flowing. Weir at Dulverton easily paddled towards left side where the weir face is still fairly intact (inspect river right, if you need to put protection in place for less experienced then best to have a few experienced paddlers run the weir and set up river left where there are plenty of options and eddys, river right is all trees/bushes). 2nd weir looking very nasty at this level - portaged river left. 3rd weir (inspect/portage river left) all runable except for a strange "fold" in the middle, easiest route was far right channel. Landlord at Anchor Inn very friendly and permission granted in advance to leave cars in car park, all had beers etc after paddle (opens 4:00pm midweek).

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby patwilliams » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:06 pm

11th Nov 2013 – Riverwide tree
There is a riverwide tree about one kilometre upstream of Marsh Bridge.
It is clearly visible from a distance. At moderate water level (eg about a foot up the slipway in Dulverton) you can only get under it on river left. However there are some rocks in the approach and also after it.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby patwilliams » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:19 am

The riverwide tree about one kilometre upstream of Marsh Bridge has now been removed.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby donbarr » Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:43 pm

4th December 2014 Tree under wooden footbridge.

There is a tree lying across the centre span between the piers of the wooden footbridge between Brewer's Castle and Mounsey Castle SS 884 296. It's not obvious on approach as it was lying pretty much at the water level (Brushford gauge 0.80). The left hand channel was also full of debris but the right hand channel was clear.

This is just below the little drop on river left which makes a hole / wave at this level.

The channels at Three Waters were also full of tree clutter - check before you choose which to go down.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby pete thorn » Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:12 pm

Please be aware that Beasley Weir (the first weir on the Barle below Dulverton) has been completely rebuilt and is now considered very dangerous to paddlers. A series of walls with slots in for fish passage looks feasible but there is grave risk of retention in the succession of stoppers the weir creates. Best option is to portage on river left. Discussions are due with the Planning Officer, as this was approved without consultation with paddlers. I will let you know of developments, if any are possible.
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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby andy g » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:46 pm

Thanks for the warning Pete,

Here is a video of a small group from Meridian Canoe Club paddling the weir in very low water levels (0.29 on the EA gauge) on October 17th 2015

https://www.facebook.com/diana.wade.144 ... 3425377756

Basically you can no longer shoot the weir face river right as all the water is now dammed for use in a small HEP station, which is housed in the new building.

The pool after the 3 new step (4th from top) has a VERY strong kicker to the left which unseated one of our paddlers, but it does go OK with strong stroke on the left (see second paddler)

I would strongly recommend inspection at all water levels, especially with newbies or inexperienced paddlers in your group.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby AlexN » Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:37 pm

Paddled Tarr Steps down today (12/12/15). There is a river wide tree around 500m above the bridge and the wave that some groups use as a lunch stop, around half way down the section. Passable at low flows today.

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Re: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence

Postby pete thorn » Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:37 pm

Exeter CC reports a dangerous blockage below Dulverton.....
' there is a large evergreen tree across the river about mid way between Dulverton and the new hydro plant. It is completely impassable and will take some clearing. The portage is through a barbed wire fence and would be very difficult for open boats so it's not great. If there is a lot of rain I think it will dam the river and potentially cause a flood but I think it was only farmers fields nearby.'
Trying to get this cleared via the National Park. Take great care in higher flows.
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