River Tavy - Hill Bridge to Tavistock

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River Tavy - Hill Bridge to Tavistock

Post by KrisBD » Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:23 am

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Post by markdamen » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:17 pm

Wow! That looks very different. Is this the bit that I would refer to as the "middle tavy"? Hill bridge had a broken weir, and we normally put on just below it where the road meets the river, then an inital drop?


How is in going to change the river??

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Post by KrisBD » Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:08 pm

It's the one at the get in for this section http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uppertavy.htm
As to how it will change the river, I think it'll be a case of wait and see.

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Post by markdamen » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:12 am

This is the one I was thinking of so WOW, massive change. Any guesses as to whether this will was out the first little drop after the weir, or whether it will cause the level in the first mile to rise of fall from its usual?

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Post by Ross W » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:53 pm

By the look of things, I think that summer levels will be alot lower... but once it has water in it, the levels should be the same as befor... maybe sligtly lower.. But, This has to be good surely, the old weir wasnt in the best shape was it?
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Post by HUNTER » Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:04 pm

If you paddle this section any time soon be very careful as the defences for this work have been washed away at least twice.

This has resulted in lots of large sand bags, rope and long lengths of pipe in different diameters being washed down the river. They have lost a 1m x 5m section (This work is being done for environmental reasons) Most of this can be seen at low levels but not at high.

This will make a larger pool above but will not change the river below.

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Post by Mark Allen » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:26 pm

At 6pm the river was at a lovley high level still rising. At presant no trees blocking the Hill bridge to Hartford section.

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RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

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Post by Mark R » Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:13 pm

Colin Greaves ... 'I paddled the lower section from Tavistock to Denham bridge last Saturday (16th Dec'06) with a few mates. Excellent run, lots to do for beginners plus a few interesting drops/rapids for the more experienced. Similar level of difficulty to Dart Loop just more spread out and the best bit ...there were no other paddlers. At the exit we did not meet any "grumpy old men" which was excellent ...possibly he was doing his Christmas shopping in Tavistock!'

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Post by markdamen » Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:40 pm

anybody have an updated pic of what this looks like now, havent made it down this way for a long while now..

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Post by HUNTER » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:42 pm

The work is still not finished. When it is I will post up some pictures of it at a paddle able level.
Good new is that the river has been cleared of all the rubbish which was washed down in the summer.

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Post by Ross W » Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:38 am

Paddled it yesterday, No trees or anything like that to be found. Good medium level I suppose. The weir however is still not finished.

I'll post some pictures up of it later.

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Post by Ross W » Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:39 am

Ross W wrote:Paddled it yesterday, No trees or anything like that to be found. Good medium level I suppose. The weir however is still not finished.

I'll post some pictures up of it later.
The weir from up stream:
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Weir from down stream:
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With the respected levels down stream (The first drop)
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Looking up stream to the lead in to main drop
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Again, Feel free to use these in the guide

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Post by Mark R » Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:09 pm

New pics added today.
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Re: River Tavy Hill bridge

Post by markdamen » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:24 pm

any news/more pics on the weir here?

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by sleepswiththefishees » Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:40 pm

To those who know: Will this section be runnable this weekend (31st jan, 1st feb)? Or will there not be enough water?

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by Simon Westgarth » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:17 pm

sleepswiththefishees wrote:To those who know: Will this section be runnable this weekend (31st jan, 1st feb)? Or will there not be enough water?
May be on Saturday morning, may be!! Perhaps from the Mary Tavy power station to Denhen Bridge would be better, as this holds its water a little longer.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by DanJ » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:32 pm

I was loking at running this section on SUnday but am guessing the level will have dropped off? Any one got some alternate similar venues to suggest that would be good for Sunday?

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by Simon Westgarth » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:40 pm

Tomorrow, only the usually bigger river runs will go, the Teign, Dart, Tamar, Exe, Barle and East Lyn, none of the flood runs are likely be in.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by KrisBD » Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:44 pm

I drove past the top weir on Tuesday (the one with the work being done to it). Work on the weir looks to have finished except for some tiding up of the site. Fencing was still in place blocking easy access.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by Mark Allen » Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:50 pm

When we last paddled this a few weeks ago, we talked to the workers there and in the summer they are building a concrete step accross the whole of the weir.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by Robbie C » Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:33 pm

Great photos, it's on my list to do!

Where will the step be? I hope it's not some kind of sill? Another Bolham weir in the making?

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by Mark Allen » Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:44 pm

Talking to the workers - it does sound likes its going to be a sill.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by HUNTER » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:51 am

There are lots of new trees down due to the recent snow on the top section.
Some of them are blocking the best lines.

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RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Harford Bridge) Shuttles

Post by andywalker » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:17 pm

Just an idea - not mine originally, but seemed a sensible one.

If everyone shuttled from Harford Bridge up the river left via Peter Tavy, but came back down the other way through from Hill Bridge via Horndon and Mary Tavy, (which is virtually the same distance), it would make things a bit easier...

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by Jeeves » Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:46 pm

Hi guys, is anyone paddling this section on saturday? We want to but only have one car between us so we are looking for someone to share a shuttle with?

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by Mark Allen » Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:52 am

There is going to be no water in it.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by HUNTER » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:12 am

Sorry to say I walked by the river today and there is not enough water. The lower will be low also.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by jmmoxon » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:34 pm

Trees are still a big issue, the trickiest one is just on the 1st corner as you look down from Hill Bridge - inspect before paddling.

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Re: RIVER TAVY (Hill Bridge to Tavistock)

Post by johnny » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:32 pm

Looking at the guage on the webcam, does anyone know at what level would be a good medium flow to paddle at and at what level it becomes a bit of a scrape? i.e 25cm = 50cm= 75cm=

Also any predictions for levels this sunday?

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