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River Allen

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:34 pm
by Mark R

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:18 pm
by cp
Tree down on the start of the second boulder garden covering most of the river. Passable on river right 14-9-08

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:54 pm
by Jim Pullen
Steve Agar wrote: Look out for fallen birch trees on left bank about 2/3 way down the main
section (Cupola Bridge to Plankey Mill)on left hand bend approaching the
only open, flat area on the left bank, and remains of very old iron
footbridge stanchion now fallen into the water near the right bank on the
right hand bend just below the same spot.

Clear hazards in low/medium water, will become more dangerous in high water
This was reported on 4/12/06, if anyone has any more recent information please post below.

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:15 pm
by Jim Pullen
Mr Hop wrote:Approx 250m above the confluence with the South Tyne
there is a fallen tree protuding from river right. In low water this blocks
the flow but one can creep underneath with the tree about 2ft above the
water level. At a medium level this could be a significant hazard and should
be treated with caution. At higher levels, staying left will avoid this
hazard.
Submitted 25/02/08

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:19 pm
by Jim Pullen

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:29 pm
by cp
Another tree down across most of the river about 400m after the get in, passable on the left

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:03 pm
by cp
Tree now gone

Chris

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:55 pm
by cp
Paddled today9-12-12, there is a tree across the whole river half way between plankey mill and the get out, passable on the extreme LHS

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:51 pm
by geyrfugl
We ran this on 31st December with the East Allen EA gauge a shade below 0.7m (and falling). It seemed fairly high, all washed out and no more than grade 2/3 (line obvious, not much manoeuvring required) except for Hag Fall, which had a stopper on the left I'd want nothing to do with. There's a very easy line far far right (right of a big stranded tree), but a bit of a strainer in the river below it which nearly caught a couple of the group. Without the strainer it would be no more than grade 3. The fishpal link only shows a West Allen level for the whole day, so not sure what time that relates to (should have looked on the day we ran it, sorry). For the 31st it says just under 3ft, so I guess that calibrates as fairly high. No tree hazards noted.Andy

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:53 pm
by geyrfugl
Hmm, seems to have lost the first part of my reply. The rainchasers link no longer seems to work, Jim - I get an "Oops, not found" page.Andy

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:10 pm
by Jim Pullen
Cheers Andy, that was the old rainchasers site, so that page doesn't exist anymore! I'll check we've got the EA calibration correct though.

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:07 pm
by cp
Ran this at a low level last weekend, there has been a large landslide on the rapid before Hag falls blocking the right hand route, still passable on the left, also many new trees down, all fallen and along the river rather than across but many others look very close to falling.

Chris

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:14 am
by Steve Agar
After the floods of 5th December, there have been several landslips and tree falls all along the river. The recently replaced wobbly bridge at Allen Banks has been wiped out. The National Trust is working hard to clear paths but the river will not be a priority. I haven't paddled the river since but walked a bit of it and there is one very large tree right across the river forming a nasty strainer about 200m below the open meadow section (about 200m above Hag Weir). I would suggest taking the 15 minute walk up from Plankey Mill before running the river at all to inspect as there is no obvious easy short portage. The path and bank has on river right at Hag weir has collapsed, but this shouldn't have changed the fall much, but the far left shoot may have changed as the channel that forms an island on river left below the weir may now be choked with boulders - difficult to see from the bank. There will doubtless be many other trees, large and small, in the river - take care :-)

Re: RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to South Tyne Confluence)

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:21 am
by Steve Agar
Update 9th Feb 2016 - The National Trust has closed all the footpaths along the river because the land is still moving in places! They have told me that some trees have naturally been cleared, but there are at least three more down across the river that they can't get to yet. I would suggest avoiding the river for now until they've had a chance to get rid of some of the many obstacles - maybe several weeks!