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by Chris W
Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Navigating the rivers within Dartmoor National Park
Replies: 34
Views: 3745

Re: Navigating the rivers within Dartmoor National Park

Jolly good. Yes, I don't see how the DNPA can have any jursidiction over rights of navigation if it isn't a Riparian Owner. It really shouldn't be meddling by putting up signs seeking to prohibit navigation (at all times and water levels). In theory, someone at the DNPA really ought to have a full g...
by Chris W
Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best Lap...
Replies: 20
Views: 1431

Re: Best Lap...

Ah, you've got me there, Mark. Well, he did say 'laps'.... That still leaves the Plym, Avon, Erme, U Dart. A 5 river Full House would be possible on Dartmoor, on a big spate day, with rivers peaking mid morning and an efficent WAG (or HAB) support crew, slogging anti clockwise around the edge of the...
by Chris W
Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access by canoeists?
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Re: Access by canoeists?

Why did the CLA rep. claim that you could not access designated 'Coastal Margin' from the sea by boat? Or access the sea via Coastal Margin? (other than self interest). Have these rights been expressly excluded? If so, where in the Act? So far as I can see, rights of access to 'Coastal Margin' ought...
by Chris W
Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best Lap...
Replies: 20
Views: 1431

Re: Best Lap...

Standard Dartmoor Triple Crown: U Plym, Erme & U Dart, in that order assuming rivers peak mid-late morning at sane levels- juggle the order otherwise Higher water variations include: U Tavy/ U Plym/ U Dart U Walkham/ U Plym/ U Dart U U Plym/ E & W Dart Meavy & L Plym/ E & W Dart E Okemont/ U Tavy/ U...
by Chris W
Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Heavy rain warning from Metoffice
Replies: 33
Views: 3367

Re: Heavy rain warning from Metoffice

My prediction, based on the latest weather forecast (assuming it's accurate!)... 1. Rivers on Dartmoor won't rise (from low medium to high) until between 1 & 3pm on Saturday. 2. The rivers will rise quickly, within an hour 3. This will take lots of people by surprise Another classic Dartmoor day the...
by Chris W
Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Lyn - Watersmeet to the Sea
Replies: 158
Views: 38603

Re: RIVER EAST LYN (Watersmeet to the Sea)

Storm, thanks for the update. I'd rather be talking about water levels and trees too. Andy, no worries. I'd be surprised if the EA's advice was changed to state that the legal position was uncertain or unclear, however it would do no harm to state that kayaking/ canoeing NGBs claim that the legal po...
by Chris W
Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 2010 Burn's
Replies: 33
Views: 3308

Re: 2010 Burn's

Wot Dave Fairweather said. I think my Burn is a creek boat, therefore it is. I is designed for creek boating and very good at it, after all. I've seen a marked shift towards Pyranha recently amongst my paddling friends. I guess that's because they've broken a few other brands of boat recently, faced...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Lyn - Watersmeet to the Sea
Replies: 158
Views: 38603

Re: RIVER EAST LYN (Watersmeet to the Sea)

Hello again, Andy. Negative? Bitter and twisted? Me? I don't think so. No, I'm just telling it as it is, having read up on the subject and worked as a Chartered Surveyor since the 80's, advising on property issues. You don't have to listen to me or do any research on the subject if you don't want to...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling the Conwy in high water on Sunday
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Paddling the Conwy in high water on Sunday

Hello Robin, it was good to meet you at last, also scratching your chin looking at the Glen! The gauge rose from 1500 to 1650 between 7 & 11am so I'd guess what we saw was 1600. Ish. The reason I left it for another day lies on the 'Kayaking Badges of Honour' of thread! I think I swam at about 1650 ...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking badges of honour..
Replies: 92
Views: 5992

Re: Kayaking badges of honour..

Yes, many of the above plus, 3 from the Conwy, all bad.... 1. Having your kit cut off you in A&E (and whingeing about the cost) 2. Recirculating in a hole after exiting your boat (as your 'bank support' boofs over you) 3. Swimming G5 in spate (trying to keep up with local hard man Jamie Wright) Chris.
by Chris W
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dart Levels
Replies: 2357
Views: 86835

Re: Dart Levels - Now with added Twitter!

Well, I've just been having a look back at the predictions for water levels for Saturday and comparing them with what actually happened! Predictably, Mr Moxon wins the 'prize' for the best guess, at 9pm on Friday (although he then got a bit carried away at 6am! High winds inflating the dartcom readi...
by Chris W
Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River access in National Parks
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: River access in National Parks

Yes, it's clear from Part V and Part II (13) of the 1949 NP Act that it was intended that local planning authorities would help to facilitate boating on waterways. Unfortunately, the Act lacks 'teeth'. The Act only states that local planning authorities MAY take action in accordance with the Act, as...
by Chris W
Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Lyn - Watersmeet to the Sea
Replies: 158
Views: 38603

Re: RIVER EAST LYN (Watersmeet to the Sea)

Andy, hello again. Some questions for you: 1. What background reading have you done on the law relating to non tidal waterways? (apart from the 2 page summary of Douglas Caffyn's paper). 2. Once again, why do you think rivers cannot be owned or private? Please explain your reasoning. 3. Did you read...
by Chris W
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Dart regime ...
Replies: 38
Views: 5859

Re: New Dart regime ...

Ross, 'access' to the shop is free after 4pm!

Chris.
by Chris W
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice Plym photos
Replies: 75
Views: 5463

Re: Nice Plym photos

The UK's no.1 is, of course, whatever you want to be. Still, all good publicity for CKUK I guess. As it happens, the Dart would probably top any poll anyway, due to SWOT- sheer weight of numbers. A 'bankful' Dart? I guess it depends on what a Terry Storrey 'bankful' means. The Dart needs to be over ...
by Chris W
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A plan for the weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Re: A plan for the weekend

G4/5? It depends. If we get 30mm Thursday/ Friday but then little rain overnight going into Saturday, all you may be left wth on Dartmoor is a cruisy, easy G4 Upper Dart or low Erme. The Lyn would be a far better option. As for trees, high winds are forecast, so assume there's a new tree after every...
by Chris W
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Lyn - Watersmeet to the Sea
Replies: 158
Views: 38603

Re: RIVER EAST LYN (Watersmeet to the Sea)

Hello again Andy 'jadedkayaker'. So you've just read the 2 page precis then? I guessed as much. It's a free World, you can lobby whoever you like. However, all the key players have access to legal advice and the EA is not going to base its policy and advice on a student's MA thesis that has not been...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Lyn - Watersmeet to the Sea
Replies: 158
Views: 38603

Re: RIVER EAST LYN (Watersmeet to the Sea)

Except where the NT is a Riparian Owner, Mark.

Chris.
by Chris W
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice Plym photos
Replies: 75
Views: 5463

Re: Nice Plym photos

Good to see the Dart at no. 1 and Custard Country rivers (quite rightly) riding high in the charts, but then that was always going to happen with Jason Smith editing it! Poor chap, he now lives in Lincolnshire.

Chris.
by Chris W
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Dart regime ...
Replies: 38
Views: 5859

Re: New Dart regime ...

Well, I'd recommend the RDCP beef hot pot. Tender and tasty, with a spot of English Mustard, washed down with a pint of Bays bitter. Big well done to Roger and team for laying on a couple of kegs, which had been drunk dry by 9pm! I blame Si Wiles. Si asked whether next week's RDCP innovation could b...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River access in National Parks
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: River access in National Parks

I agree wth the sentiment expressed in the first post, I've said it before myself. The National Park system has failed river users. However, this is hardly 'news'. Stuart, is your comment that we already have 'free access' to rivers based on your take of the legal position or the practical reality? ...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice Plym photos
Replies: 75
Views: 5463

Re: Nice Plym photos

The only names you need to know are...Ledges, Boulder Gardens, Tree, Siphon Portage and Bridge!

Chris.
by Chris W
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River East Lyn - Watersmeet to the Sea
Replies: 158
Views: 38603

Re: RIVER EAST LYN (Watersmeet to the Sea)

The NT is a Riparian Owner on the East Lyn, isn't it? Andy 'JadedKayaker', I see you're still firing off letters to various organisations. As a matter of inteest, what background reading have you done concerning the law on non tidal waterways? Have you actually read the Rev Caffyn's 90+ page MA pape...
by Chris W
Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dart Carnage
Replies: 92
Views: 9525

Re: Upper Dart Carnage

Nice one Morsey, which just goes to prove....that most of these (over) heated debates have been done before, many times!

Chris.
by Chris W
Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dart Carnage
Replies: 92
Views: 9525

Re: Upper Dart Carnage

Agreed Mike, some way of benchmarking levels at Dartmeet aganst the Newbridge ledge probably would be quite helpful, but I see no demand on here for anything looking suspiciuously like advice on water levels! Thinking about, and not wanting to tempt fate, but I don't think a paddler has ever drowned...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Dart regime ...
Replies: 38
Views: 5859

Re: New Dart regime ...

Well, we gave the new RDCP a full road test at the weekend- beers, dinners, bunks, breakfasts. All good. All that was missing was people! -The old cosy bar may have gone, but the comfy sofas are a big consolation. -The food has improved. My lasagne looked and tasted home made and the breakfast was s...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Plym - Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge
Replies: 11
Views: 7308

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

A 'Thumble'? Is that fumbling with your thumbs to get through a tree? Anyway, for some reason, I decided not to portage the tree. Plan A- river right break out; plan B, river left line through the gap. Plan A was never going to happen, not with a highish flow and all rocks covered. The flaw in Plan ...
by Chris W
Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dart Carnage
Replies: 92
Views: 9525

Re: Upper Dart Carnage

Yes, it really has become impossible to have a sensible discussion on here about water levels nowadays, whether high or low. What a shame. Anyway, the key issue with the Upper Dart is that we all measure the level with reference to what is happening at the take out i.e Newbridge, or worse still, dow...
by Chris W
Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zanskar
Replies: 11
Views: 1096

Re: Zanskar

Too old??? Chris, you can't be more than 3-4 years older then me. Mind you, your poor body has already been through a lifetime of boating, clattering down all those Welsh ditches. Anyway..'wot Dug said'. You can arrange everything through Leh based Splash Rafting. That'd be supporting the local econ...
by Chris W
Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Most under rated...
Replies: 46
Views: 3346

Re: Most under rated...

Agreed about the Tavy, but what's your defintion of 'really heaving'? If the river's on the rise (and Upper Dart going up the steps), the Tavy can go from a fun blast 'really heaving' to terror-fest-pinned-on-tree 'really heavng' pretty quickly. If you're out of your depth on the first hundred yards...