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River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

Postby Mark R » Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:08 pm

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Triple Drop Tree Hazard

Postby HUNTER » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:09 pm

The tree which was wedged on the Triple Drop rapid has moved to just at the bottom of the rapid. It is just under the water at anything above a low level. This may cause a problem to any one swimming down or in the process of rolling at the bottom of the Triple Drop.

Take care as you will not see it.
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Postby Vulch » Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:38 pm

We had a good look for the tree at Triple Drop on Sunday, but couldn't find it! We did then paddle down through to Buckfastleigh and saw something pretty big on Holne Weir - might this be it? Or has the tree on Holne Weir been there for a while? It's a while since I've paddled the lower section...

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Postby jmmoxon » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:05 pm

The tree was only just visible today at low water, just below Triple 3.

Fortunately the downstream end is pointing downstream, but it could be a big problem for swimmers when the river comes up again.

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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby Ross W » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:28 pm

Alot of wood on the river, the small splat rock that was mid river by the grassy area is now gone, There's a small bridge thats been washed down and is just by the tree's where the webun enters the dart, Not a problem at its present location.. but if it flows in to the river, It could be!
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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby Mark R » Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:34 pm

I thought I would let you know that the following on from last years figures we have made the decision not to run the Canoebus on the weekend of 27th/28th December.
Its always a difficult call as if it rains heavily on Boxing Day then Newbridge will be packed however, we know that in numbers terms this is a low weekend and so hopefully monies saved this weekend will allow this service or other iniatives to run longer.

The DNPA website (http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/vi-canoeing.htm) will be updated shortly and we hope that the UK Rivers Guide Book will also carry this info.

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Holne parking

Postby DartFolks » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:17 pm

We received this from the occupant of the Lodge - please be sensible when parking - or use the shuttle - or paddle down to Buckfast.


"I am writing to introduce myself. We (my family and I) presently occupy the Lodge at Holne Bridge. This is a newish arrangement as the Lodge was previously a rental for the Dart Adventure Park. We have been here since last January and will continue to live here for some years. As you must be aware access to the Bridge at Holne is very busy during the canoeing season and as outdoors people ourselves we believe in outdoor activities and communal access to the land.

In order to make it possible to ensure access for ourselves we have worked with the Dartmoor Park ranger to put down no parking cones along the wall side of the road. These stop near the top of the road where it is not so narrow and more cars can be parked. This is so that one side of the road is kept free for vehicles at all times. Since doing this and explaining the purpose to canoeists that we meet we have had a high level of co-operation and the access on the road has been much better. At the start of the season we were facing up to an hour lost on weekends not being able to get in and out of our property often in 10 minute gaps. This was due to vehicles stopping in such a way that the block the whole road “while loading up”. As you can appreciate, if enough people do this, all those few minutes become long hours.

Could you pass on to the various clubs and possibly on your web site what we are trying to do. "
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Dart Is the tree still at triple drop?

Postby Kev W » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:32 pm

As per the title, is the tree that was in the middle of triple drop last year still there?
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Re: Dart Is the tree still at triple drop?

Postby jmmoxon » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:37 pm

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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby Kev W » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:44 pm

Anyone got any pics showing where the tree is now that its moved to after triple 3 ??
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Re: Dart Is the tree still at triple drop?

Postby Kev W » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:46 pm

Thanks Mike, Ive put a request for any pics on the link you sent me.
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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby Bod » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:29 am

Kev

Pics won't show you much. It is entirely underwater at a reasonable level.
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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby Kev W » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:09 pm

Well a pic with an arrow showing whereabouts it is. Just would like to have a good idea where it is as were paddling the Dart this weekend. It was a pain last year but at least it was easy to see. Its just nice to know if we have a swimmer where to avoid!

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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby youaskaglassofwater » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:31 pm

What is the current etiquette for doing the loop on a sunday mid-march?
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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby StoneWeasel » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:54 pm

youaskaglassofwater wrote:What is the current etiquette for doing the loop on a sunday mid-march?


If there is water then paddle.

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Re: RIVER DART (New Bridge to Waterworks Bridge - the 'Loop')

Postby mharrall » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:30 am

youaskaglassofwater wrote:What is the current etiquette for doing the loop on a sunday mid-march?


Its officially open until 14th March anyway, so like the man said: "If there is water, paddle".
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Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby Ollieswims! » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:58 pm

Does anybody know what this spot is like in low flows? Looking at the current weather forecast it would appear that dartfest is gonna be a low one so it would be nice if I had a hole to turn to?

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Re: Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby stuart.clark_45 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:06 pm

we have been there in low flows ...
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Re: Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby Ollieswims! » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:17 pm

I mean extremely low flows, like today.
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Re: Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby R4 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:53 pm

At low levels its not a hole its a pour over. Sticky enough to get cartwheels and splitwheels in, a lot more chance of breaking your face though.
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Re: Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby Ollieswims! » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:40 pm

Sounds alright! Is there any chance of looping in there?

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Re: Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby R4 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:43 am

If you have mad skills...
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Re: Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby justin-g » Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:05 pm

R4 wrote:If you have mad skills...


Like with a bow staff un-stuff...

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Re: Dart loop - Anvil Playspot

Postby Ollieswims! » Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:30 pm

Ahh well, looks like I'll be learning to splitwheel instead!
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Holne Weir...Fence in River

Postby iubdnah » Fri May 20, 2011 10:54 am

[img/http://www.flickr.com/photos/52074922@N02/5739066751/in/photostream][img/http://www.flickr.com/photos/52074922@N02/5739067345/in/photostream/][img/http://www.flickr.com/photos/52074922@N02/5739067895/in/photostream] So the pictures aren't great quality but you can see 2 runs of wire fence going into the river.....one has a load left that sits bundled up and the other is tethered to a rock. The natural water line is the mossy stumpy roots of the tree....in this extreme low water you can see twist of old barbed wire and some new barbed wire that may be connected from the land (predominantly nearer to the waters edge) and other bits of metal.
The owners field is so heavily wired off you would not be able to get out onto the lay-by (300 yard off Holne Bridge) but it's clear the owners intention is to stop anyone attempting to rest/get out by his field.
In my opinion this is a dangerous .......it would cause all sorts of hazards to paddlers and swimmers in all water levels except the extreme low level it is in in the pictures (taken May 2011). His field is already well fenced off on the waters edge so this is not fencing to stop animals straying (There did not appear to be any animals in his field)
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Re: Holne Weir...Fence in River

Postby iubdnah » Wed May 25, 2011 10:41 am

Sorry for my incorrect posting of images...they wouldn't load when done btw bracket commands.
On the positive Adam Box, CE Regional Access Adviser, is coming down at half term to try and meet land owner and discus options. Adam seems very proactive with quite a degree of power. So if anyone knows the land owner's name and contact details please pass it on to Adam Box of the BCU
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Re: Holne Weir...Fence in River

Postby Simon Westgarth » Wed May 25, 2011 6:43 pm

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Re: Holne Weir...Fence in River

Postby Bod » Thu May 26, 2011 3:51 pm

Thanks for posting this. As you rightly say this is dangerous (and probably criminally insane).

Is this about 100 yards above the weir?

Just trying to work out the exact spot.
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Re: Holne Weir...Fence in River

Postby StoneWeasel » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:56 pm

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Re: Holne Weir...Fence in River

Postby Ross W » Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:37 am

I'm sure this will go missing soon ;-)
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