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Re: Dart Levels - Now with added Twitter!

Post by charliew87 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:18 pm

Hi all,
Apologies for asking, but I can't get on twitter or Facebook at work, and no internet at home yet!
What's the Dart up to at the moment? Itching to paddle this weekend!
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Post by jam bo » Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:29 pm

No chance. Was up at the weekend but looking dry and sunny right through the rest of the week and into next week.

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Post by janet brown » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:35 pm

Around 12" below the slab today!

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Post by Mark Allen » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:56 pm

janet brown wrote:Around 12" below the slab today!

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Yes took a drive and walk around and was quite supprised to see so many locals cars/vans at the get in and outs - was rather too low

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Post by charliew87 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:59 pm

Hi again guys,
Sorry for what may seem like a really stupid question, but I've only just moved down this way.
Just wondering if this site ( http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ho ... ionId=3216 ) handily provided by the EA has any correspondence with the gauge mentioned on the guide-page on here?
From the current level (0.69m / 2.26ft at 9:00 06/10/11) that means the Dart is pretty dog-low. I know it's meant to be low about now due to heatwave, dry summer etc, but is it really THAT low??
I'm pretty sure that IS a stupid question, but I'd love to know if anyone's worked out a handy EA-guage - paddleability rating for the Upper?
Also...Does anyone know what the current levels are like? Not much rain forecast for the weekend, so guessing it won't be running?
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Post by Simon Westgarth » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:06 pm

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The local crowd follows theWest Dart, as it indicates what will happen, where as the Austin bridge gauge is down river from the most fun, and thus indicates what has happened. Now the West Dart is a tributary of the Dart, and holds two thirds of the flow at Dartmeet. This morning the West Dart peaked at 0.54 which brought the Dart at Newbridge to level with the slab, just at about 0800 this morning. The West Dart river gauge is 30-45mins up river of Dartmeet, and 4-6 hours after the rain gauge reading at Dartcom.

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Post by charliew87 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:15 pm

Cheers Simon, that's really helpful!
So if I hear people say it's on the slab the Upper is paddle-able?
I'm sure once I get a run or two on it and note what the levels are there I'll clock on to it.
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Post by Simon Westgarth » Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:29 pm

charliew87 wrote:So if I hear people say it's on the slab the Upper is paddle-able?
If the river is level with the upriver end of the slab at Newbridge the Upper is at a fair level, on the slab, she's good, at the foot of the step, great, and increasing as each step is covered more excellent, until, well until you get stared a little or a lot.

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Post by KrisBD » Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:22 pm

Well the river was dog low today looking to be at least a foot below the ledge but people were still getting on including what looked like a commercial group.

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Post by jmmoxon » Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:24 am

13mm on Dartcom so far & the West Dart has started to rise, looks like rain will continue most of today so levels likely to be high this afternoon / evening.

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Post by jmmoxon » Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:42 am

Dart tribs & Erme rising rapidly at 8am, other rivers don't seem to be reacting as much yet...

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Post by Mark Allen » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:43 pm

Dart was lapping slab at 11.30am, by 12.00 noon it was half covered and by 3pm fully covered. Still raining and rising. :)

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Post by jmmoxon » Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:07 pm

EA gauge shown above shows West Dart was up one metre & still rising at 3pm so steps must be disappearing now!

Didn't start raining near Bristol until 4pm. Looks like rain should clear Dartmoor by 7pm, so won't be much left by the morning.

Okement & Plym were at good levels at 3pm, but probably still rising, rest seemed to be heading a bit too high, Lyn still low.

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Post by Chas C » Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:15 pm

Rain has now stopped, level was at first step by 4:30, so should be good to go for a few days.

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Post by jmmoxon » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:11 am

Looks like Dart is around edge of ledge this morning with more rain due Wed eve.

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Post by AS Watersports » Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:03 pm

It was washing on to the slab and around the back of the rock at the top of the slab at 7am when Jim and I got on this morning. Not sure if it will hold. A nice tide line indicating third arch levels last night.
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Post by hedgefro » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:15 pm

Dart pretty much held, lapping the downstream end of the slab at 2pm and didn't drop much. Solid 2 hour heavy shower in the afternoon too so it won't be dropping off in a hurry.

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Post by Mark Allen » Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:53 pm

For those that use the up stream edge of the ledge! It was level at 1500hrs but will rise a bit after the above mentioned rain :)

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Post by hedgefro » Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:40 pm

Mark Allen wrote:For those that use the up stream edge of the ledge!
Indeed ... I actually meant upstream! Sorry for the confusion!
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Post by jmmoxon » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:41 am

Level has held over night, but starting to drop again now.

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Post by markdamen » Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:04 pm

Any idea what the level is going to be like tomorrow morning?

Thinking Dart, Tavy valleys?

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Post by hedgefro » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:18 pm

About 3" below the slab at midday today.

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Post by markdamen » Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:04 pm

We paddled today, but we reckoned it was lower than that. We got on at 9:30am, and 3 of us thought it was 6" below slab. Will it have risen slightly whilst we were paddling? It was low.

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Post by hedgefro » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:51 pm

markdamen wrote: Will it have risen slightly whilst we were paddling? It was low.
No, it definitely didn't rise through the day. I glanced at the upstream edge of the ledge (http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... 23#p538823) but maybe 3" was a bit generous.

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Post by Luke13 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:40 am

The dart was rising from about 12 yesterday due to the drizzle all day on the moor and rose to just over the ledge by this morning.

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ho ... hmentId=39

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Post by superman » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:22 pm

Can someone post levels 2moro night (Using Internatonal Ledge Standard). Gotta make decisions re weekend then. Thanks Lookin` for moderate loopin ` this weekend.
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Post by Mark R » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:26 pm

Weekend forecast?
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Post by Simon Westgarth » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:44 pm

Mark R wrote:Weekend forecast?
There is a great base flow at present, but the Friday rain forecast is patchy & localised, but not but for west Dartmoor.....may be more yet not the best looking forecast for Saturday, but Sunday looks better.

West Dart River at Dartmoor Training Camp
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Post by jmmoxon » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:26 am

Thursday looks like next opportunity for heavy rain...

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Re: Dart Levels - Now with added Twitter!

Post by Mark Allen » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:30 pm

2pm river level with ledge...

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