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River Plym - Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge

Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:19 pm
by Mark R

Calling the troops, the Plym awaits

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:29 am
by Simon Westgarth
Friday morning looks great for high runoff Dartmoor fun, in particular the Upper Plym. If you are keen, please call myself tonight on 07703 465 33ate this evening. This is an invitation for paddlers wishing to go for a paddle, and who are up to the challenges of the Upper Plym, this is not a guided trip by any means.

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:30 pm
by Simon Westgarth
There is a significant tree across little harbour. This rapid is 3 upsteam of the Dewerstone,where you need to make a small eddy on the left so you can see down the blocked channel. Extreme care is needed on the approach to this eddy.

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:46 pm
by Veedurb
simon d westgarth wrote:There is a significant tree across little harbour. This rapid is 3 upsteam of the Dewerstone,where you need to make a small eddy on the left so you can see down the blocked channel. Extreme care is needed on the approach to this eddy.
I think we moved that one today; we dragged it across to river left - it is still just in the main flow but you can stay right and comfortably avoid it without compromising your line.

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:05 am
by jmmoxon
There is one nasty tree pile upstream of Dewerstone that's been there some time, but otherwise a fairly clean run last weekend.

Mike

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:59 pm
by kevinf
Tree still there, Chris Wheeler had a thumble with it. Great Level this morning, all rocks very well covered :-)

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:59 pm
by Chris W
A 'Thumble'? Is that fumbling with your thumbs to get through a tree? Anyway, for some reason, I decided not to portage the tree. Plan A- river right break out; plan B, river left line through the gap. Plan A was never going to happen, not with a highish flow and all rocks covered. The flaw in Plan B was the presence of branches just under the surface. Result, a rather unstylish little pole vault-roll move. Not recommended. With all the rocks covered, you were committed to tackling the tree from 50 yards upstream, so beware. It's roughly half way through the run, after the ledges but before the Dewarstone portage/ siphon.

Fantastic level, by the way (at about 10.30-11.30 am yesterday). The ledges were pretty full on, but the boulders gardens were super clean (but a swim in one of those ledges would be disastrous).

Chris.

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:24 pm
by jmmoxon
Had a couple of tree portages as it was dropping off today. There is an awkward branch in the middle of first pinball rapid & the tree pile (above) is now even bigger.

If there is big water watch out at Shaugh Prior as this scaffolding/catch nets could be interesting.#

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Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:09 pm
by PAULB
Hi all went walking up the Plym valley today, stumbled across the official opening of the new footbridge at Shaugh. It looks like all the scaffolding/ netting has gone. Be careful in case there is any remnants in the river.

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:49 pm
by jmmoxon
Climbing at the Dewerstone yesterday noticed a couple of new trees across most of river between there and the siphon.

Mike

Re: RIVER PLYM (Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge)

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:35 pm
by jmmoxon
There's another new tree blocking both channels on the run in to the siphon drop, didn't check any further upstream as we were climbing in the sunshine.

Mike

Re: River Plym - Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:12 pm
by Simon Westgarth
Here's a guide book write up from the early 90's by John Allen. John recalls thinking the names were made up jointly by myself, Mark Potts, and possibly Bob Bowman from the Navy and around 1991/2 when we were paddling manically several times a week. Many of the names were name up to entice John's wife onto the run with less macho names being sort after. Sadly this tactic was not enough to have Penny on this fabled run, although she still styles the Upper Dart regularly over the autumn/winter season. What is really interesting is the tone of words still befit this classic & committing Dartmoor run, even after almost 25 years.

Guide by John Allan (http://www.mazingtree.com)
RIVER PLYM Guide

CADOVER BR. - SHAUGH BR. ***
Distance: 2 km
Gradient: 4.8%
Grade: IV-V (if there is enough water to easily bump down under the wooden footbridge upstream of Shaugh Br.)
VI (Very high water - approx 2ft of water covering all rocks under
footbridge.
Access: Car park, downstream of Cadover Bridge.
Egress: Car park, on east bank at Shaugh Br. (Beware car thieves.)

Spectators: Run / walk down Right bank, Tricky and boggy for 500m then this bank has the best view. Left bank has a proper path but is high above the river.

This section is very steep, continuous and demanding. There is never more than a few metres of flat water. It is not necessary to describe all the sections, but a few notable ones have been named to aid in identification during bar talk. The whole section is normally run, except in high water, when continuous inspection is required and about 3 portages are necessary.

The river flows down from the get in and immediately drops through 3 technical drops, Crash, Bang and Wallop, to a long pool and a sharp left hand bend. Here is a small easy boulder field. If you can't float through it easily then the river is too low!, and if you found this section too hard and scary, get off!! - This is only the warm up!!

After this the river flows steadily for approx 300m with small drops and rapids, until a series of rapids formed by slabs. The first of these, 'L' Plate, drops into a narrow chute and turns right to avoid a boulder, this is the sight of many a pin, or hiccup!

Primrose Falls is the largest single drop at 8ft and is normally shot on the left except in high water, when it is best to avoid the stopper.

After numerous slab type rapids Fourth Avenue, a large boulder field appears, this has an intricate route and often catches trees. Inspection recommended. At present a large tree after, on the left enforces a portage in high water.

The next boulder field has 2 obvious high boulders, Hell's Gate, followed by a long gradual slab.

The third major boulder field, Harbour rapid, must be followed round to the right into a small harbour, straight on has a potential for a bad pin. From the harbour awkwardly pull out to the left and drop down the boulders behind the main river line obstruction.

Continue for another 200m, with sustained difficulty, until the river veers right, with a small rocky island on the inside of the bend. Pinball Wizard follows and is a series of steep, boulder drops which slam you hard into several rocks, and then continues down through a narrow section with small cliff on right. Rest after the cliff.

Dewerstone Rapids, continue to the Dewerstone climbing area on the right.

Immediately after the Dewerstone, the river flows to the left and then after 150m, hard right. This marks the start of ‘The Slot’. Inspection recommended. Go down the long fast ramp, with stoppers, and take the narrow slot on the right complete with bruised knuckles. To go left risks an undercut boulder on the left bank.

From this point the river eases off, but is continuous grade IV. Get out on the left immediately after the footbridge.
For myself the warm up drops Crash, Bang and Wallop set the tone for this run, whilst 'L' Plate is an obvious name and yet unknown to myself for one of the drops leading into 'Primrose Falls. Trees often blight the exit on both 'Four Avenue and the (Hells) Gates. Harbour has become Little Harbour over the years, with a recent twist on 'Pinball Wizard being Plym Ball Wizard. Matters easy off when the Dewerstone Rock comes into view. The approach to the Slot being almost tree infested, whilst a significant change in 2008 at the Slot, means that half the river now cut under a river left rock to form a syphon and is rarely run these days.