RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

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RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

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Re: RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

Post by Chris Bolton » Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:46 pm

I recommend that paddlers take out at the public footpath by the sewage works upstream of the site (grid ref 036050), and don't attempt to paddle the section that runs through it. This is one of the few sections of river in the UK where there actually is legislation on access - The Official Secrets (Prohibited Places) Order 1994 - and anyone paddling (or fishing or being there at all) is liable to be recorded on CCTV, arrested by armed police and prosecuted. I know access has been tolerated since that legislation was passed but expect it to be enforced in future.

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Re: RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

Post by Jim Pullen » Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:15 pm

Really? There's fences on both sides of the river, even though you're paddling through Selafield there's no way you'd be able to get on the site itself. Also there's fishing club signs on these fences indicating that a club uses the river here - surely they have permission?
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Re: RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

Post by Poke » Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:43 pm

Chris Bolton wrote:I recommend that paddlers take out at the public footpath by the sewage works upstream of the site (grid ref 036050), and don't attempt to paddle the section that runs through it. This is one of the few sections of river in the UK where there actually is legislation on access - The Official Secrets (Prohibited Places) Order 1994 - and anyone paddling (or fishing or being there at all) is liable to be recorded on CCTV, arrested by armed police and prosecuted. I know access has been tolerated since that legislation was passed but expect it to be enforced in future.
I'd be interested to know where you got this from, as it's the opposite to what I've been told in the past by people in the know...

Anyway, just a quick report that there are trees down about 500m upstream of Calder Bridge, spanning the whole river... Just downstream of Calder Abbey if you know where that is... Portageable on river right, but I don't actually know what the availability of eddies is like as I don't know exactly where the trees are - this is second hand info! Post here if you know more!
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Re: RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

Post by Poke » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:49 pm

Update on the tree:
The original tree has gone, went in the recent flood, but has been replaced by a monster tree 90 degrees to the flow blocking the river, portage on river right.
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Re: RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

Post by penrithkeswick » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:12 am

[quote="Poke"]Update on the tree:[quote:1k0nm6zf] The original tree has gone, went in the recent flood, but has been replaced by a monster tree 90 degrees to the flow blocking the river, portage on river right.[/quote:1k0nm6zf][/quote]Or it's possible to get out at the first bridge just before the abbey, maybe a safer option?

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Re: RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

Post by longview13082 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:58 pm

I know you guys have posted about this before but I think its really important to note:

This tree is HUGE and spans from one bank to the other. In med/high flows there seem to be few eddies and even then you'll be clinging onto the bank. Portage on the right if you can. Left hand portage takes about 30 mins (steep bank).

We took a group of 10 down (mainly intermediates) and stopped at the first bridge. There is a right hand bend (with grade 3 feature?) and Calder abbey comes into view..this is the last group eddy River right but risk swimmers floating downstream into the tree. Not worth it in my opinion..

Has anyone reported this to the EA?

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Re: RIVER CALDER (Thornholme Farm to Sellafield)

Post by Rachel T » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:59 pm

Anyone done this recently? Is that huge tree still there or any or other problems know?

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