River Walkham - Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by Joel.Perkin » Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:17 pm

There is a tree blocking the exit of the slot and drop. Right across the exit gate and some branches pointing up stream.
It has the potential to be lethal. It may be possible to go over the tree in high water, but you I'll not risk it.
Impossible in lower levels

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by jam bo » Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:15 pm

Were you paddling today? Must have been a bit of a scrape?

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by superman » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:41 pm

Hmmm. Is it removeable? Geuss it`s too low to run at the moment but when the river comes up it would be good to get aclear run.

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by Joel.Perkin » Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:54 am

jam bo wrote:Were you paddling today? Must have been a bit of a scrape?
Yes - hope and enthusiasm over experience.....lesson learnt

As to moving the tree, we thought about it, but I reckon saws, ropes and pulleys are needed.

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by jam bo » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:44 am

Joel.Perkin wrote:
jam bo wrote:Were you paddling today? Must have been a bit of a scrape?
Yes - hope and enthusiasm over experience.....lesson learnt

As to moving the tree, we thought about it, but I reckon saws, ropes and pulleys are needed.

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I reckon it needs to be about 0.4 on the Horrabridge gauge before its worth paddling.

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by daverice » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:49 am

Does anyone know the current status of the tree blocking the slot run out?

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by daverice » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:36 pm

Paddled on Saturday 29/10/2011, and the tree below the slot is no longer there.

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by Joey_1990 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:57 pm

hey

with the rain due tonite do people think it will go tommorow (thursday 3rd)?

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by jmmoxon » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:55 am

Dartmoor rivers have hardly risen (only 6mm on dartcom last night). It's probably paddleable though...

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Re: RIVER WALKHAM (Bedford bridge to Tavy Confluence)

Post by jam bo » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:34 am

0.36 on the gauge. it'll go but be a scrape in places

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walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by themoist » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:57 pm

just thought i would share the pics i took this morning out for a ride on my bike! its blocked today 4/1/2012 and will take some work to move.i also got a vidio of it flowing almost flat in all that rain yesterday when i figure out how to put it up i will..ImageImage[/img]

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by furby » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:29 pm

If the water level drops alot by the weekend do you think the tree will be moveable?

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by themoist » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:51 pm

yeah i would think so its a handfull of trees and logs cought up in the tree oppersite there is also another tree branch across further down heres a pic[img][IMG]http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc3 ... GP2656.jpg[/img][/img]
iam new to paddling and have been out on the walkham and tavy lots in the last 4 months so keen to get it moved i guess the fairys wont do it lol

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by buck197 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:52 pm

I think with a bow saw and ropes more than likely.
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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by furby » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:00 pm

Im keen to lend a hand and get it shifted.

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the walkham slot totally gone (vid)

Post by themoist » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:36 pm

this is what the slot on the walkham looked like when we had all the water 3/1/2012https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIpgQY821o4

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by themoist » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:39 pm

yeah me to i only live down the road in tavistock! not back to work till the 9th

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Re: the walkham slot totally gone (vid)

Post by janet brown » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:51 pm

Wow, that was impressive!

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by Green.media » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:46 pm

if its not moved by the 28th then i will take my bits of kit for a paddle and move it

ps there is a guy adrian from the environment agency he is exceptionally useful and very helpful, he has said to get in touch about removing trees in the past may be worth just dropping him and email so its above board, if people want me to do this i will do it when im at work tomorrow.
also the land owner on this section can get pissy, i had a brief encounter with him in the get out car park and he wasn't best pleased we were paddling the river.
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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by jam bo » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:18 pm

also the land owner on this section can get pissy, I had a brief encounter with him in the get out car park and he wasn't best pleased we were paddling the river.
he doesnt own the land, just the house by denham bridge.

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by doug.a » Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:58 pm

Anyone know if the tree is still there?

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by themoist » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:30 pm

yeah its still in there ive been past today 7/1/2012 the water level has dropped and it looks like its a handfull of branches tangled up not going to be easy to shift.

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by Gwilym » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:33 pm

CLEARED TODAY.

Today 5 of us paddled the Walkham armed with saws, ropes and the intention of clearing the tree. 4 other paddlers did not have such intention but happily stopped and joined us. In a joint effort taking around 2 1/2 hours we have moved the tree clear of the river. There is still a small branch touching the water but it does not block the line though it is worth noting it is still there. We ran out of time but really someone needs to go and drag it further away from the bank so it does not go back in with the next high water levels. 9 of us could move it no more so it is time for a chainsaw I guess. This is not something I am able to do so anyone who fancies it can go and have a go.

We recieved some abuse for the land owner of the left bank who seemed to have some issue with what we were doing. We explained we were making is safe incase anyone got caught on it. Her attitude was that was their fault and she didn't care. So we ignored her and carried on anyway and she eventually wandered off having got bored.

Thanks to all the paddlers involved in this mammouth effort.

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by Simon Westgarth » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:04 pm

Active Adventure SW wrote:https://www.facebook.com/groups/riverda ... =1&theater

It was a big tree hu?...
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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by Gwilym » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:49 pm

Simon Westgarth wrote:
Active Adventure SW wrote:https://www.facebook.com/groups/riverda ... =1&theater

It was a big tree hu?...
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I held the saw for this photo then handed it over to the bigger boys to do the work

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by danbrice » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:49 pm

A team effort as you can see!!!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R82RO43daw4/T ... 140137.JPG

lick the link to see the pic!

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by Strad » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:32 am

danbrice wrote:
lick the link to see the pic!
didn't work I've just got a smear on my monitor now....

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by Active Adventure SW » Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:16 am

Strad wrote:
danbrice wrote:
lick the link to see the pic!
didn't work I've just got a smear on my monitor now....

:-)
Ahh...u need to upgrade to touch screen... :-)

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Re: walkham slot blocked 4/1/2012

Post by danbrice » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:09 pm

Active Adventure SW wrote:
Strad wrote:
danbrice wrote:
lick the link to see the pic!
didn't work I've just got a smear on my monitor now....

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Ahh...u need to upgrade to touch screen... :-)
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