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Artle Beck

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:13 pm
by Lancs_lad

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:47 pm
by Jim Pullen
Thanks for the info Lancs_Lad - looks like a fun run!

Any chance in writing it up as a UKRGB-style guide (Where is it, put-ins/take-outs, length, time, access, level indicators, grade, major hazards/falls, general description and other notes)? If you do I can put it up on the site as a full guide.

Now the northern backlog is cleared, I'm actively seeking new guides - I've made a list for the northeast section, but there are scores of possible new guides for the northwest - just look at WWLD!

If anyone has any new guides they would like to see on the site for the northwest or east sections please pm me and I'll get them on here!

Thanks,
Jim.

ARTLE BECK

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:16 pm
by Jim Pullen

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:27 pm
by woodsy
The owner of the estate (as per number in Stuart Miller guide) will not give permission to paddle the beck. (26/03/09).

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:13 pm
by Jim Pullen
I'm pretty sure you don't have to access the beck via the estate's land, so in line with current river access thinking, is there a need to ask for their permission?

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:21 pm
by Lancs_lad
As if you need permission!

Althougth ! wouldnt recommend a group of more than 4.

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:29 pm
by Lancs_lad

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:08 pm
by callwild
Jim Pullen wrote:I'm pretty sure you don't have to access the beck via the estate's land, so in line with current river access thinking, is there a need to ask for their permission?
Quite agree Jim, probably no need with current feeling on access.
Things have changed a lot on the access front since 2003.
When we first did the beck we didn't ask either. But when writing the guide I contacted the then owners out of politeness as it is a bit more than just passing through an estate. The river actually runs through manicured and managed private gardens close to the house where the owners may be sitting on the lawn.
Many people would get upset with a constant flow of folk through their private garden.
I was surprised that at the time the owner did actually say yes to paddling so thought it worth mentioning.

With this being so close to Lancaster I could imagine all sorts of trouble if the beck was classed as a convenient grade 3. The emphasis on trees, and the grade 4 weir which it is not possible to really get out and inspect or portage was to try and self limit descents to small groups of confident paddlers who would pass by quietly and quickly without trespass.

Stuart Miller

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:02 pm
by Kayacb
Like the vid, the weir looks fantastic fun!

Re: ARTLE BECK

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:09 am
by Scuba Dave
Paddled this on the morning of 15/01/11. No trees required portaging and the sheep fence had gone.

Re: Artle Beck

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:10 pm
by Lancs_lad
Paddled this evening, the 1st time in awhile. Full of lots of new trees, due to the heavy rain recently lots of land slides have brought them down. Depending on levels some will need portaging. Unfortunately the best rapid has been spoiled by them. After the boulder slot, the rapid after this has 3 trees in it. The 1st unfortunately is completely out of sight on the blind left hand bend, in the middle of the big hole. I got pinned under it, luckily upright and in a stable position. It can be avoided with a squeeze under it on the right but like me if not expecting it I was to late to get across. After this there is one more branchy tree and then another substantial. No idea what was further down as we ran out of light and walked out!! Epic

On a plus note the massive tree just before the big cliff has moved and is now clear.

Re: Artle Beck

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:25 pm
by Lancs_lad
Vid showing the awesome Artle beck - click click *unfortunately lots of trees in it at the mo, be careful

Re: Artle Beck

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:45 pm
by rhysofen
Anyone paddled this recently? The last post is from some time ago so any update would be appreciated.

Thanks

Re: Artle Beck

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:33 pm
by wickydilliams
Paddled 12/10/18 the beck has 2 major tree hazards and probably another 4 noteable tree hazards, the first major hazard is described in the guide as the "permanant log dam which creates an s bend rapid" this log dam must have grown in size over the years as there is no s bend now you have to put in at the top of a tight slot far left which you must go down with no run up, we managed this without drama but setting up safety is not easy and there is no safe way to portage (you would have to climb over the log dam). Eventually if no effort is made to clear this up a little it may make the river unrunnable.

The second major tree hazard comes not long after the log dam, there is a river wide tree with a slit inthe middle, the slot goes or its also possible to portage river left, some of the minor tree hazards are also river wide but are relatively straightforward to get in the right position to pass them, very worthwhile run, lots of fun but due to the dangerous trees you need a strong group.

Re: Artle Beck

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:36 pm
by seeing bubbles
6th March 2018
Very large tree blockage 2.5m high and 6 m wide at he S bend with the 2 big boulders. Best portage option is over the top, but in medium / high water might be tricky crossing the river to get to it, as pull out is on opposite bank.
One other tree across the river needs portaging about 600m downstream. Dear fence gone!
The bottom of the big weir seem to be eroding, so the edge of the final 2m drop is no longer regular. A slot has grown so that most water flows to the right into the recirculating eddy. This is hard to see from the top. Worse the recirculation in the eddy is now partly under the undercut the weir itself. No doubt this will get worse with time.
When paddling make every effort to be as far left as you can possibly be.
If you don't make it expect a big cushion on the cliff face and powerful bodily recirculation. The power out form the eddy if you can. Only possible recuse is from opposite bank with throw line and recirculating eddy is mostly under a cliff. Have pics but can't seem to add them.