River Plym - Cadover Bridge to Shaugh Bridge
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:19 pm
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.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.
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.RIVER PLYM Guide
CADOVER BR. - SHAUGH BR. ***
Distance: 2 km
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
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.