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by AJC Box
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wezzit?
Replies: 37
Views: 2705

Re: Wezzit?

.... or even the River Mole, a tributary of the Taw?
by AJC Box
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wezzit?
Replies: 37
Views: 2705

Re: Wezzit?

It looks like Exmoor to me. Seems very similar terrain to Exe Head. Is it a river flowing north off Exmoor?
by AJC Box
Mon May 21, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Barle Re-opened
Replies: 229
Views: 19661

Re: River Barle Re-opened

I blame BCU SW for helping to push this nonsense through. And now this chap thinks he owns the river. Thanks. Why blame BCU SW Morsey? Peter Thorn and I steadfastly opposed the entire ethos of the new arrangement for the Barle and refused to sign up to it precisely because Ueli thinks and firmly be...
by AJC Box
Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: U Dart or E Lyn?
Replies: 8
Views: 754

Re: U Dart or E Lyn?

Errr, the one being dammed, presumably!
by AJC Box
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?
Replies: 262
Views: 15739

Re: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?

In response to some recent posts: I still find myself gaping at the staggering arrogance that makes the BCU feel it has the right to negotiate on behalf of an entire sport, totally uncaring whether participants are its members or not. Giles The BCU and I were roundly castigated by many paddlers in t...
by AJC Box
Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?
Replies: 262
Views: 15739

Re: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?

Hi Keith, I have to say I am staggered to see this! I checked your sources and found river guides (and LAO details) which I had written 20 years ago!!! I thought this site had been closed down years ago and can't explain why these guides and access agreement details still appear. However, this illus...
by AJC Box
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?
Replies: 262
Views: 15739

Re: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?

I couldn't help noticing that you HAVEN'T ANSWERED THE ORIGINAL QUESTION Sorry, I had meant to fully answer the original question in my last post but see I had not specifically referred to the Dart. In response to instructions from my CE line manager I had been negotiating an arrangement for the Da...
by AJC Box
Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?
Replies: 262
Views: 15739

Re: Setting the clock backwards on the Dart?

If CE accept access agreements, they are accepting/agreeing that we don't have the right to access along all navigable natural watercourses, the amount of access that we have at present will be seriously reduced, and they will be lambasted by all their members as well as the paddling community as a...
by AJC Box
Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Teign - A382 Bridge to Steps Bridge
Replies: 20
Views: 13312

Re: Teign or Tavy for the weekend ... ?

Too late for your planned trip today, but for future reference I reckon the Teign is too rocky if the Clifford Bridge gauge is below 0.61m. Today it is 0.55m. Look at http://www.environment-agency.co.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/riverstation.aspx?StationId=3214&RegionId=5&AreaId=8&CatchmentI...
by AJC Box
Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Message for Adam Box BCU/CE SW
Replies: 30
Views: 2688

Re: Message for Adam Box BCU/CE SW

The answer to the question about the number of agreements is very simple: I am a voluntary representative of Canoe England for Devon and Cornwall purely because for all that time I have lived and worked in Devon and have been prepared to give some of my spare time to meet with other parties to seek ...
by AJC Box
Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Barle Re-opened
Replies: 229
Views: 19661

Re: River Barle Re-opened

Following the numerous criticisms of me, Canoe England, Exmoor National Park and Dan Barnett I have asked Dan for his consent to publish here an email I sent to him this summer and he has kindly agreed. I have put it here, along with some detail from an earlier response to him. I trust that readers ...
by AJC Box
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Barle Re-opened
Replies: 229
Views: 19661

Re: River Barle Re-opened

You cannot have it both ways, Adam. You and your organisation either represent a viewpoint/ stance, or you do not. If you do not, what is the point of your RAO position/ BCU SW/ CE Access? This is an outright failure. A failure of policy, a failure of strategy, and most of all, a failure of courage...
by AJC Box
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Message for Adam Box BCU/CE SW
Replies: 30
Views: 2688

Re: Message for Adam Box BCU/CE SW

I'm confused Simon. You have consistently argued that there is no need for agreements as we have right to be on rivers. CE ended all of its agreements which did not meet the 365 day requirement, and that meant we lost all 10 agreements in Devon and Cornwall. I had assumed that you had supported this...
by AJC Box
Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Barle Re-opened
Replies: 229
Views: 19661

Re: River Barle Re-opened

As Canoe England Regional Access Officer for Devon and Cornwall (now known as Regional Waterway Advisor!) I have been very much involved in discussions about canoeing on the River Barle. I have very strongly made the case that CE does not have confidence in the traditional interpretation of access l...
by AJC Box
Tue Mar 01, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: French Alps 2011 snow conditions?
Replies: 27
Views: 3382

Re: French Alps 2011 snow conditions?

I was out in Risoul last week and the snow cover was extensive but not too deep, especially when compared to last year. Every one of the resort's 107 pistes were open, but snow depths were only 150cm at the peaks and 65 cm at the foot of the resort which is at 1850m. The Durrance and Guil valleys we...
by AJC Box
Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Barle - Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence
Replies: 99
Views: 32068

Re: RIVER BARLE (Tarr Steps to Exe Confluence)

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...
by AJC Box
Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: River Teign - A382 Bridge to Steps Bridge
Replies: 20
Views: 13312

River Teign, MAJOR TREE HAZARD Nov 2010

There is a very substantial tree across the full width of the River Teign approximately 1km below Fingle Bridge. At today's level (0.61 on the EA level at Clifford Bridge http://www.environment-agency.co.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/riverstation.aspx?StationId=3214&RegionId=5&AreaId=8&Catchm...
by AJC Box
Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cheap Camera
Replies: 12
Views: 574

Re: Cheap Camera

I suspect that with its low spec this wouldn't appeal to many, but the inclusive waterproof housing and low price mean this may be of interest to those who want a cheap stills and video waterproof camcorder which can sit in a b/a pocket until needed. http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/i...
by AJC Box
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT
Replies: 205
Views: 17041

Re: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT

I would like 365 days access by not bothering with any sort of agreements, as long as a footpath/public right of way goes to a river I can't see a problem getting on a river even if a landowner doesn't like it, as long as your not traipsing through someone's land what's the problem(If the river is ...
by AJC Box
Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT
Replies: 205
Views: 17041

Re: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT

Thanks Morsey, first time I’ve seen those figures. They speak volumes… Well they would if they were true, but actually they are far from the truth. In Devon and Cornwall alone there were agreements on all of the following rivers until 18 months ago when we demanded that all agreements be for 365 da...
by AJC Box
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River dart shuttle bus
Replies: 20
Views: 1255

Re: River dart shuttle bus

[/quote] Thanks for the response, so we can egress through these woods to the road I take it?[/quote] Yes, you most certainly can. The land allows paddlers to access/egress either above or below the weir depending on river levels, personal ability etc. The only word of warning is that the road there...
by AJC Box
Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River dart shuttle bus
Replies: 20
Views: 1255

Re: River dart shuttle bus

Slightly off topic but is the small field on the left after Holne Bridge an official egress point? There is a small layby and gate off the road, somebody in our group thought this field had been bought by BCU as a permanent egress point. Cheers Graham NO IT ISN'T!!! The BCU land is the woodland eit...
by AJC Box
Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River dart shuttle bus
Replies: 20
Views: 1255

Re: River dart shuttle bus

I am currently in negotiation with Dartmoor National Park Authority, who organise the shuttle bus and provide the contract for a local firm. The Sustainable Tourism Officer, Richard Drysedale, has been immensely supportive of our sport over the past 3 or 4 years and has made a lot of things happen f...
by AJC Box
Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU coaches not allowed to paddle without agreement
Replies: 36
Views: 3620

Re: BCU coaches ARE allowed to paddle without agreement

If this wasn't so self destructive it would be absolutely hilarious. One person mischievously asks a hypothetical question which is presented in the title as a fact, and countless others get sucked into responding and slagging off the organisation whose position has been totally misrepresented. I ha...
by AJC Box
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dart Access
Replies: 31
Views: 2920

Re: Dart Access

The new Dart Valley Country Park website makes it clear that there is no egress at Holne Bridge during the weekends and that if not using the DVCP then paddlers must continue to Buckfastleigh. I thought that the BCU had acquired land on river left below Holne Bridge by the weir and that was availab...
by AJC Box
Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT
Replies: 205
Views: 17041

Re: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT

Chloe, the BCU needs a clear policy. Either: a) State that the BCU will endorse agreements giving access for more than x days a year, with minimum levels that cater for advanced and less experienced paddlers. ................... b) Reject all access agreements to force the issue, and work with the ...
by AJC Box
Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: West Dart concerns
Replies: 189
Views: 14706

Re: West Dart concerns

It does not help matters when different sections of the BCU / Canoe England web sites say different things. The most recent and encouraging access statement I've found is in the document about Volountary access agreements at http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/media/pdf/CEPositionStatementVAAs.pdf I qu...
by AJC Box
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: West Dart concerns
Replies: 189
Views: 14706

Re: West Dart concerns

Presumably you are talking about signs at Carparks or appropriate laybys etc. Hopefully the EA and you are not thinking of signs in the middle of a natural environment. We need to educate before paddlers walk in to the river, it's too late once you are on the river bank ready to put in and would sp...
by AJC Box
Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: West Dart concerns
Replies: 189
Views: 14706

Re: West Dart concerns

The Environment Agency’s open forum at the River Dart Country Park proved to be constructive and informative, so it was a pity that there were only about 20 paddlers in attendance. • The evening started with a presentation on the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon and an explanation of how these fish...
by AJC Box
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Neck seal replacement guides?
Replies: 10
Views: 1061

Re: Neck seal replacement guides?

I have twice used a balloon for fitting a neck seal and it has worked well both times. When the new seal has dried in place you just burst the balloon. Simples!

Adam