Westy wrote:Thanks for the update Stuart. My club is taking some less experienced paddlers to Dartmoor next weekend. We have already booked our accommodation. I assume from what you're saying that the Lower Dart is too low (Holne Bridge to Buckfastleigh). Given the water levels, are there any alternatives (G1/2)? Or will we have to go surfing?! Thanks, Steve.
At the moment the ww options are non exsistent. This must be the longest period of dry weather at this time of year ever?
All rivers in the west country are really unrunable. This week there is due some light rain then may be some heavy rain this coming week-end??
The water table on Dartmoor at the start of october was very high, but without rain for over two months? However the surface of the Moor is very hard and any rain river levels will rise fast, as seen a couple of wk-ends ago. You may just get lucky?
But if levels stay this low this coming wk-end please do not paddle the rivers. For me paddling is my love and my business, if I am not on the water running courses I loose money. But you will not see me running courses or paddling with friends on low water levels.
Do a coastal paddle.
Paddle down a estuary to a pub lunch.
If there is surf.
Bring your mountain bikes or walking shoes.
Save your money for a trip to the Alps in the summer.