River Teith

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At a point very very roughly halfway between Callander and the layby get-out there is currently (last week) a full tree fallen across very very roughly half of the river (river right). No issue for those with any moving water experience, but as this seems to be known as a beginners trip and because it's not normally there it's a potential danger if a leader isn't paying attention.

Later (still before the layby) there are a set of small islands preceeded by a very obvious very large boulder. The main channel initially appears to be river left, but this gradually narrows (making communication more difficult) and water flows fairly strongly between the islands over to river right. Once again not a big issue for those with experience at normal river levels but I know of one potentially (but not actually) bad incident here where a beginner was washed/capsized against driftwood on the top of one of the islands - and another where an open with beginners was close to a similar event.
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Post by Scots_Charles_River »

Thanks for that as I paddle it regularly.I have paddled it at night and weekends for 4 years and never heard of any car crime ?
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If anyone is continuing down the Leny to the car park at Callander or indeed starting a run on the Teith at the Lade Inn put in be aware that there are trees right across the river width at Sheet 57 grid 617078. It is a difficult corner to get out in a hurry and you are on the trees very quickly and if the level is high they are a potential killer
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Post by Cam8900 »

Took a beginner trip down this today, at 0.6 sepa, there are no notable hazards on the top section, though there is also no slalom course. The get out has a good sign and is quite visible from the river but invisible from the road.
The second section has a weir about two thirds of the way in with no obvious portage, it’s easy to walk down the salmon ladders on either side though. We got out by the bridge at doune, there’s a car park on the left of the river just before it.
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Post by Jim »

I think it has been a long time since there was a slalom course, and I've never even known that rapid to be referred to as a slalom site, but it probably was and some people probably do.

You say the get out isn't visible from the road, but it is almost opposite the only layby, so not hard to park in the right place, but probably useful to know the actual path is about 50 metres downstream of the layby. This layby continues to be targetted by thieves, fortunately we usually have a non-paddler who waits in the layby for security. If you need to leave cars unattended make sure all your kit is out of sight in the boot, most thefts are whatever can be seen through the windows.

To portage the weir you need to stop in trees on the left a short distance above it - it is not a very obvious spot, and I have no idea how easy it would be to climb out in low water. I don't paddle the lower section much because I don't like the portage, last time was probably 18 months ago now, in WWR. I can't recall the details, but I don't think it was a very easy portage although I think there was a sort of path through the trees, or a very easy put in, but I have known many much worse! There was no climbing down the fish ladders at that level...

Several options for egress on the lower, sewage works, distillery, bridge (all along the same road, just pick your spot, parking is best by the distillery), or at the castle.
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