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by Rae1
Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence
Replies: 9
Views: 2487

Re: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence

Thanks for all the info. We didnt do it in kayaks, as the weather was truly awful last Tuesday. We did however do it by bike on Friday. It would have been the (nearly) perfect time to do it. The barrage/buoy line blocking the weir at Balloch looks to be impassable, it has heavy steel wires between t...
by Rae1
Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence
Replies: 9
Views: 2487

Re: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence

I think it will be passable all summer despite the barrage stopping a lot of the outflow from the loch. Hey Jim, we are hoping to do the Leven next Tuesday. High tide at Dumbarton is 12.53pm, so if we left Balloch around 12 noon, would that give us a beach to get off at Dumbarton round the Castle? ...
by Rae1
Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Scotland - Southern Uplands
Topic: River Teviot - Martin's Bridge to Riverside Caravan Park
Replies: 2
Views: 3103

Re: River Teviot - Martin's Bridge to Riverside Caravan Park

We are in the area next Sunday, not sure on whether to do the Ettrick or the Teviot. The Ettrick is winning as it is far longer, though it may be too low.
The spikes, just after the bridge, and near the fallen down restaurant?
by Rae1
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zet veloc weight range
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Zet veloc weight range

65kg - thats in the middle of the range for a Veloc. You'll be fine.
http://www.zet-kayaks.com/en/products/veloc
by Rae1
Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommendations for WW courses / coaches in Scotland
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Recommendations for WW courses / coaches in Scotland

Facebook is the place for this type of info.
SWWK Market Place is probably one of the best groups to ask in.
by Rae1
Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White water course in Pershore, Worcestershire
Replies: 14
Views: 3181

Re: White water course in Pershore, Worcestershire

This subject came up on FB a few weeks ago. Apparently there was a test run done on it, and it was found to be either dangerous, or there was damage to it, I cant remember the details, anyway, the thinking was, that it was nowhere near opening to paddlers, and may not be finished at all.
by Rae1
Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Need New Kayak Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Need New Kayak Advice

The GT's are decent boats, but I think your knees will be a bit cramped in them. They are also more of a WW boat than a touring boat, you dont say what type of paddling you'll be doing. If touring, you want a long slim boat, which would never fit in the back of a pick up. WW, then something like a M...
by Rae1
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: KW7 Kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 1743

Re: KW7 Kayak

Dave Manby wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:07 pm
I know some one looking for a pristine one for his collection of vintage boats .....
Darren C?
He was on some right old boats last year.
by Rae1
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

The Tay from above Campsie to below Stanley is an all year round option, though only 3 miles, maybe less. Do not tube/swim campsie linn, there are strong undercurrents that have sometimes held entire kayaks under for a worryingly long time and rumours that they have drowned swimmers. I have seen th...
by Rae1
Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest UK grade 2/3 section
Replies: 11
Views: 769

Re: Longest UK grade 2/3 section

Continuous 2/3 is going to be difficult. The Lower Tryweryn would just about qualify, but it does have a few flat sections on it, and I dont know if they allow tubes down there. There are a few in Scotland that would qualify, but, again, they have some flat sections, and many need some rain beforeha...
by Rae1
Thu May 13, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence
Replies: 9
Views: 2487

Re: River Leven - Loch Lomond to Clyde Confluence

This is one we would like to do if we get a chance this year.
What river level do you think would be the lowest that 'goes'?
And, is it best to do it when the tide is in/rising. I fancy the parking at the beach near the castle.
by Rae1
Sun Mar 07, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

Is there any date when Wales can get back on the water?
In England, March 29th is our date when'stay at home' ends, the advice is to stay local if possible, I'd class my nearest rapids, at 40 miles away as local.
by Rae1
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling the lower river Tay, in a Sea Kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Re: Paddling the lower river Tay, in a Sea Kayak

I think that is the SCA access. You need a code from the SCA to get in there, just ring them beforehand. It's a bit bouncy south of there, but not mad rapids. Perth Watersports Club launch site may be perfect for you then, there was a wooden , floating landing stage there, perfect to launch a sea ka...
by Rae1
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling the lower river Tay, in a Sea Kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Re: Paddling the lower river Tay, in a Sea Kayak

Perth - you can launch from the park at North Inch, just north of the town, it's a big public park, with lots of parking all around, and, from Perth Watersports Club, on Shore Road, which is a small industrial area, with the Clubhouse next to a slipway into the river. From what I recall, there is a ...
by Rae1
Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lock up your daughters
Replies: 1
Views: 976

Re: Lock up your daughters

That's very disappointing. Met him numerous times, and he was always thoroughly decent.
What a shame that he allowed himself to do such a thing.
by Rae1
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Modern creekers, old school style?
Replies: 18
Views: 1440

Re: Modern creekers, old school style?

"I would say get to somewhere like Cardiff WWC and try a few demo boats in a day."

No more demo boats at CWWC, the shop has shut for good.

https://www.canoeandkayakstore.co.uk/bl ... re-cardiff
by Rae1
Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Scotland - Southern Uplands
Topic: River Ettrick - Ettrickbridge to Selkirk
Replies: 1
Views: 3301

Re: River Ettrick - Ettrickbridge to Selkirk

We did this section yesterday, - mid October 2020. We got on below the gorge, as the OH wouldnt be confident of staying upright, and it looks a horrible swim. We got on just outside the village, 300 metres or so downstream of the bridge. We had checked it out the previous day, there is also access f...
by Rae1
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wavesport Recon 93 £350
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: Wavesport Recon 93 £350

Sorry, sold on Sunday.
by Rae1
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wavesport Recon 93 £350
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Wavesport Recon 93 £350

For sale, my Wavesport Recon 93. It was a bit of a poor purchase, as it is a little too big, and too much of a boat for the water I do. Whiteout outfitting, scratches all over it, as it's been down the Tryweryn numerous times, and I'm a rock magnet. Located in Leicester. £350 firm. https://media.ukr...
by Rae1
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Summer white water in UK??
Replies: 10
Views: 975

Re: Summer white water in UK??

From personal experience, these run all year round at low levels. I don't know any grade 4 without lots of rain: The Dee, Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen town falls. The section below there to Trevor is OK for a beginner, but can be a bit scrapy at low levels. The Derwent, around Matlock. The Banwy in...
by Rae1
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER DERWENT (Darley Dale to Matlock)
Replies: 39
Views: 17599

Re: RIVER DERWENT (Darley Dale to Matlock)

Getting in at Darley Bridge is probably the easiest place to get on. We've done the section form Artists corner to the end of the slalom course twice in the last 2 weeks, no problems at all. There was a tree down somewhere above there a few weeks ago, but its such a slow river, you'll see it beforeh...
by Rae1
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question for Ethos 10 owners
Replies: 8
Views: 822

Re: Question for Ethos 10 owners

I had one for a few weeks to do the Tay Descent. I wanted a boat that was long enough to make the 23 mile journey comfortable,a little easier on the flat than using a pure WW boat, and be able to handle the Grade 2 WW. It was simple to use, and handled the Tay perfectly. However, the Tay is a big wi...
by Rae1
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: River Derwent - Bamford to Calver
Replies: 5
Views: 1941

Re: River Derwent - Bamford to Calver

Another of our friends did the section from Bamford to Curbar on Sat. 1st Feb. Had no comments at all toward him, but maybe he just didnt see the locals!
by Rae1
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: River Derwent - Bamford to Calver
Replies: 5
Views: 1941

Re: River Derwent - Bamford to Calver

We did this section today, on a Sunday in mid January. Got on at the sports field in Bamford, off at the road bridge in Froggatt. The gauge at Mytham bridge was at 1.10. https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/2230?direction=u It is pretty low all the way at this level, the first 10...
by Rae1
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help choosing playboat for big guy
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Re: Help choosing playboat for big guy

The Project X 64 is the biggest playboat I've tried. It had more room inside it than my river runner.
https://www.wavesport.com/en/products/p ... 4-blackout
by Rae1
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated
Replies: 8
Views: 1517

Re: Help choosing kayak - Zet Raptor / any other suggestions appreciated

"For my first two years paddling white water, I borrowed a Dagger GT from my club - a fairly unforgiving boat, but very responsive. I capsized a lot, and it was only when I paddled a Burn that I realised paddling didn't have to be so difficult. I'm not totally convinced that paddling a tippy boat at...
by Rae1
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Wanted Med River or River/Play Kayak £200 Newcastle
Replies: 1
Views: 453

Re: Wanted Med River or River/Play Kayak £200 Newcastle

On Tyne or Lyme?
If Lyme, I have a Perception Sonic, virtually new condition (it was bought as a spare, but used very little).
Open to offers around £200.
by Rae1
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Wales - North
Topic: RIVER TRYWERYN (Llyn Celyn to Campsite)
Replies: 2
Views: 2322

Re: RIVER TRYWERYN (Llyn Celyn to Campsite)

Making it look easy!

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