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RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:56 pm
by Jim Pullen

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:20 pm
by Jay Oram
The get in for this is just after the bridge turn left, down a steep grassy bank, an obvious path through the heather. I have run this in all levels, a bit of a scrape in the summer months and dry season but always runs.

The second drop - 4/5 foot with as boulder mid-left side, on the left hand side is a overhanging branch, really obvious, it is best to catch the eddy river left eddy above the drop and ferry over to river right.

The rest of the river is fine down past the third fall. We get out at the gravel bank just above a small wall and small wave which is fun to surf if a bit shallow.

Me and the guys from Newtonn Rigg paddling club paddled it on thursday last week about 6 times, the first 1km and a half. we parked at the top and walked back up each time. The last fall and rapid provided the best fun.

Jay

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:14 pm
by RobHendy
This is also a good river if you had intended to run the greta on day and the river levels do not permit access. Its only down the road from the greta "get-in" point.

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:46 pm
by Jay Oram
The tree which was on the second drop I described above has been removed and can be run anywhere now - just got to wait for the water to get to a runnable level and will take some pictures and a video or two.

Jay

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:14 pm
by callwild
Jay Oram wrote:The tree which was on the second drop I described above has been removed and can be run anywhere now - just got to wait for the water to get to a runnable level and will take some pictures and a video or two.

Jay
Not sure what you mean by tree removed and was there any need ?
SureI I have removed an odd branch to make a rapid possible but the tree on this fall has been there as long as I remember and has never restricted line or vision while running the river. The line down the main flow river right was always clear. The tree is/was one of the last remaining in this area and should not have been removed.
If you mean just a branch has been trimmed with no lasting damage, then fair enough but we should all consider the impact of our actions on the environment just for a piece of short lived personal pleasure.

Stuart Miller

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:43 pm
by Jay Oram
The river was normal level when i ran it, the tree was an obvious strainer and the flow was straight into it. I posted that was going to do it ages ago and all the paddlers i was with said it was the right thing to do - it's a whole other argument and i'm not getting into it. The tree's gone now, too late whatever.

Jay

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:27 am
by callwild
The tree only covered half the river as it had for years, only blocking a line onto rocks anyway.
I can find no post of your intentions in advance for discussion
Were all the paddlers you were with mature, informed locals?
To totally remove a living last remaing tree saddens me.
It was only ever a risk to those not in control of their paddling.
Pictures here
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... 96#p360018

Too late obviously but I feel you should think much harder in the future and consider more than the immediate enjoyment or even safety. If it was not impinging on the main line there was no need.

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:37 pm
by Jim Pullen
The Upper Caldew has an EA gauge on it here.

Does anyone have any calibrations for it? (Minimum paddleable level, etc)

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:08 pm
by PMB
Ran this today so it would have been about 1.00 on the gauge. Was a bit rocky, would have liked to have more water in it. Presume anything above 1.10-1.20 would be a good level.

Re: RIVER CALDEW (Grainsgill Beck to Mosedale)

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:06 pm
by callwild
Jim Pullen wrote:The Upper Caldew has an EA gauge on it here.

Does anyone have any calibrations for it? (Minimum paddleable level, etc)
There are at least 10 other tributaries, some of them major becks such as the Caldbeck, which join the Caldew before the gauge at Sebergham. I therefore feel that this gauge has no accurate bearing on the top section of the Caldew although it does show that things in the area are up in general.