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Post by Swampthing » Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:55 pm

Forcasts Ive seen today show usefull topping up till at least thursday
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Re: Quandry on the Dart today!

Post by Dom c » Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:12 am

gonepaddling wrote:
It goes to show that predicting *when* water will get into the river is a bit of a dark art.
The Dart takes approx 6 hours to fill up after heavy rain..
Yesterday was typical of this..
Whilst the Dart was still low at 9am, the erme was chunky and brown. :@D

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Post by Ray Latham » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:05 pm

Went down the upper Dart today. It was lowish but paddleable. It looked as though unles there is more rain soon it will be out of action before the day is out.

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Post by Daffers » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:24 pm

Might be heading for a one day bash on Thursday for the dear old loop... do people in the know think it'll last?!
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Post by Dom c » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:43 pm

Daffers,
There is another load of rain heading in wednesday night, meaning thursday will be good to go..

No more rain forecast after that, so it'll be back down to low by the weekend..

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Post by Daffers » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:46 pm

Hummmm, just need to source a boat now...

Just seen this message from a mate that paddled it yesterday though
gruesome tree in the middle of triple falls though
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Post by Dom c » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:09 pm

Yes there is a tree in the river at triple three, i wouldn't say it's gruesome.
It's very obvious, and in the middle facing with the flow, if you stick to river right you'll wizz past with no problems..

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Post by Daffers » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:13 pm

Thanks Dom!
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Post by Swampthing » Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:39 pm

I think level should be ok for thurs.I live closeby and we had loadsa rain today, more forcast wed and thurs. Ave a goodun. Tree no prob
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Post by Zeropug » Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:29 pm

The dart this afternoon was still scrappy low despite all the rain at around 10 onwards. I bet its pumping abit now after the 16mm of rain weve had in like 2-3hours. Sh*t Hot! Hopefully it might last for a early morning paddle.

What do ya recon?

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Post by drking » Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:19 am

Has anyone seen Newbridge this morning? Would the loop still be worth a paddle or would it have all gone today?

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Post by waverider73 » Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:46 am

Not sure Dan, my thoughts there would be still a reasonable amount of water left(HOPE). I'm looking to do the loop section tomorrow (Thurs) so if you could let me know what it's like that would be great
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Post by therobins » Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:37 pm

Went up today. Was still water coming down, enough for a descent paddle given theres been nothing for a while. But I was hoping t3 was going to be working and it still had a long way to go for that. About 4ftish i would say.

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Post by Zeropug » Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:16 pm

At 09:30 21/11 the water was just lapping the ledge by a mm or two.
At 13:00 it didnt look like it had changed much.
I'd wait for more water before paddling anything but the lower sections of the dart.
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Post by drking » Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:38 pm

yep, just got back.
It was worth it but a little boney.
Just around the ledge.
Its just nice to get out and paddle after the drought.

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Post by Stuart J Woodward » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:02 pm

Midday the Dart was just onto the slab above New Bridge. The Upper/Loop and lower sections still ok. However no rain forecast to night and getting colder toward the wk-end will? this will lower levels? All other rivers are low at present. Some rain due Sat night?

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Post by Zeropug » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:17 pm

No rain tonight? Met are forcasting rain for early part of the night and showers into the early hours of tomorrow, Might be ok for tomorrow to paddle. its also looking abit showery friday am and saturday night.
Look for yourself..
metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_weather.html

Looks like levels will be allround low for the weekend but we'll see
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Post by Stuart J Woodward » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:58 pm

The Met office surface charts are forecasting a low moving in toward the UK for Thursday/early Friday?

This may bring some showers but according to those charts a strong high will settle over the UK Friday and the wk-end.

Who know what will happen?? Hope-fully however the drought has been broken.

All I know its snowing in the FRENCH ALPS GREAT.

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Post by waverider73 » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:36 pm

cheers guys.
i'll go and chance it tomorrow.

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Post by Chas C » Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:48 pm

In years gone past when the Dart was lapping the ledge the Loop was considered pretty good level and the upper a medium level run.

Just because we have had one winter and summer of high water levels everyone calls the Dart low and boney when its on the ledge.

It took me perhaps 3 years or so of paddling down west before I'd experienced the Loop and Upper when water was over the ledge - seems a lot of paddlers have been spoilt by last year's water levels.

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Post by Le_bambino » Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:28 pm

Very True!
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Post by Bod » Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:26 am

Chas C wrote:In years gone past when the Dart was lapping the ledge the Loop was considered pretty good level and the upper a medium level run.

Just because we have had one winter and summer of high water levels everyone calls the Dart low and boney when its on the ledge.

It took me perhaps 3 years or so of paddling down west before I'd experienced the Loop and Upper when water was over the ledge - seems a lot of paddlers have been spoilt by last year's water levels.
Chas I think the ledge must have dropped a foot relative to the river bed since I were a lad.

Either that or someone saying it was just around the ledge but boney is looking at a different ledge.
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Post by Vulch » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:57 am

Is there any water in the Loop today? Thinking of coming down to paddle tomorrow..

Is anything up/runnable on Dartmoor or Exmoor?

All info greatly appreciated.

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Post by Le_bambino » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:10 am

Dont know for sure but judging by the level in the week and the distinct lack of rain I would say its not worth a trip unless you bring your walking boots.
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Post by Denys » Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:08 pm

It was well below the slab this morning but managed to get down the Loop without losing any plastic! Fun intro for the 2 novices I took but all the usual features were non-existent and it was a case of paddle through and get out.
For tomorrow you will need plenty of rain tonight.

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Post by Swampthing » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:49 pm

Ditto above.I got on at 1330 and it was 8 inches below slab. Forcasts look dry here for weekend
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Post by Mark Allen » Sat Nov 24, 2007 4:45 pm

sat 1330 the river level was 6 inches bellow the lowest point off the slab. still loads of people paddling the upper and loop.

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Post by trickywhu » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:25 pm

is there any chance of it being a good level tomorrow. Good meaning tickling the slab. Been drizzling most of the day.

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Post by Mark Allen » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:54 pm

trickywhu wrote:is there any chance of it being a good level tomorrow. Good meaning tickling the slab. Been drizzling most of the day.
i guess it wont go up hardly at all, but it shouldn't go down, so just about paddleable (hopefully!!!)

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Post by Ray Latham » Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:29 pm

Thinking of doing the upper tomorrow Tue 27th. Any sign of rain or any idea of the level. Is it paddleable?????

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