St John's Beck, Thirlmere

North of the Severn drainage, west of the Pennines
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St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by secondtimer » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:25 pm

Hi. Does anyone know what St John's Beck, out of Thirlmere, is like for a paddle - open boat or kayak? Can't find much about it, just a hint about access restrictions due to conservation issues.

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Re: St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by banzer » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:48 pm

Hi, I haven't paddled this but have driven alongside it about a zillion times.
As you probably know it's dam-fed so most of the year it is a small stream and not paddleable. If Thirlmere is releasing which it might be after all this rain (?) then it is certainly on for kayaks and possibly open boats. Nothing too steep in there but some faster sections where it gets a bit canalised near the road, a few trees and possibly a fence or two. I wouldn't worry too much about access as long as you're not planning on tramping along private land alongside. Very pretty plus you get a bonus Greta tacked onto the end.
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Re: St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by secondtimer » Tue Jan 19, 2016 2:42 pm

Thanks Banzer, just the ticket.

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Re: St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by Ian.Adey » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:57 am

The road is closed with bridge collapses at the moment - it could be a while!
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Re: St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by secondtimer » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:32 pm

Glad you mentioned that, Ian.

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Re: St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by Poke » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:43 pm

Ian.Adey wrote:The road is closed with bridge collapses at the moment - it could be a while!
...but you should still be able to drive a shuttle with no problems, going via Keswick.

I haven't paddled it myself, but some friends did a while ago and said it was almost all low-grade, but you did have to watch out for fences/trees, some of which were in relatively fast-moving sections of water.
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Re: St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by Jim » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:16 pm

Fences, trees and the debris from the bridge(s)....??

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Re: St John's Beck, Thirlmere

Post by secondtimer » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:27 pm

Gets better and better...

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