River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

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Tom Fasham
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Re: River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

Post by Tom Fasham »

There is a new pay and display system at Holne Bridge. It costs £2, bring your change. If you can afford to spend £1000s on drysuits and plastics boats and shiny paddles and money on fuel driving down the A38, you can afford £2 to park. They have reduced the size of the car park from what it was 10 years ago, by placing some boulders to block some of it off. If canoeists insist on not spending £2 to help the upkeep of the Dartmoor National Park, then I would fully understand if they took further action to reduce parking in the winter. The car park at River Dart Country Park costs £8 this season (payable by card) but you can claim your money back by eating in the restaurant there. We as kayakers and canoeists should self police ourselves to keep ourselves welcome wherever we go.
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Re: River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

Post by jmmoxon »

Pay & display is actually Newbridge & wasn't working today (the back bit was never managed by National Park)

Note: There are 2 significant trees across the loop - one in main (right) channel at Spitchwick (can usually paddle over it) & other towards end of straight after Lovers Leap (needs portage much below 0.8m on West dart gauge)
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Re: River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

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The tree below Lovers Leap has fortunately moved already - now on 1st rapid below the corner & can paddle around the right side.
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BobH
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Re: River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

Post by BobH »

We lost two throw lines joined together with a crab above Washing Machine today, they would have been flushed down the rapid, we couldn't them in the river, if you do, please remove them from river to prevent a snagging hazard.
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Re: River Dart - New Bridge to Holne Bridge - the 'Loop'

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A big thank you to David who sent me a text message to say he recovered the equipment which will now be disposed of.
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