Lakes rivers when low?

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Lakes rivers when low?

Post by weird-beard » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:03 pm

Hi all,

Our club is in the lakes this weekend and were looking to do a river trip on Sunday, we were looking at the Lune but levels are quite low. Anybody got any suggestions for rivers in the area that hold their water well or can be ran low?

The group is of mixed abilities so looking for rivers of beginner/intermediate difficulies.

Thanks,

Lee
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Post by Patrick Clissold » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:13 pm

From experience taking a mixed group to the Lakes when there is no water, we always ended up doing the Kent and Leven.

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Post by weird-beard » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:45 pm

Thanks Patrick,

What's the Leven like when low? And how low is low??
Can you still run Backbarrow and anything to bee aware of?

Other considerations were the Crake, Brothay or Rothay. Any advice on these?

Thanks again :o)

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Re: Lakes rivers when low?

Post by Lancs_lad » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:03 pm

The Leven was a proper scrape (after backbarrow) last week when the gauge read 0.8.

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Post by Boots » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:08 pm

.....bring your bikes.....!!

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Post by Slime » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:47 am

We have had a fantastic ten continuous days of sunny days and cold nights so lakes and rivers are at dry summer levels.

Options are going for a paddle on a lake (download a canoeing leaflet off the Cumbria Canoeist website), hill walking or mountains biking. Have a great weekend!

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Post by Wadhamite » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:47 pm

The Leven might be OK (I did it at a scrap from Newby Bridge last spring) - a lot of the wave trains disappear, and the Graveyard is a bit more liable to catch novices and broach them (like, er, me). It mostly makes it an easier run.
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Post by geyrfugl » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:54 pm

The Lune runs OK when the Killington gauge is down to 0.36m (the lowest I've done) but I guess you wouldn't want it a lot lower. The Kent is a little better with the Sedgwick gauge about the same numerical value - the two rivers seem to keep surprisingly well in step. Get on the Kent at Scroggs or Prizet, not in Kendal. Unfortunateley the Leven gauge isn't online, but I know we've found it fine when the Keswick Greta has been well below the white line, but then the KG drops off quickly while the Leven doesn't, and after a long drought, being lake fed doesn't help much. We have a group heading for the Lune this Sunday, but I suspect I won't be joining them - we'll just park and play locally :-(

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Re: Lakes rivers when low?

Post by Lancs_lad » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:48 pm

Leven gauge is online.

I would suggest you wouldn't get down the leven. I made this mistake once thinking it always goes. We had to walk out due to not being able to float!!

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Re: Lakes rivers when low?

Post by Scuba Dave » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:59 pm

Kids were walking across the Kent just south of Kendal this afternoon!

Bring your bikes - Whinlatter is closed tomorrow though due to a rally.

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Re: Lakes rivers when low?

Post by Ian.Adey » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:00 pm

Hi,

Like the rest of the uk, this high pressure has meant no rain for what feels like forever.

Unfortunatly there are no rivers in the lakes that have any water in them for the weekend,

The only moving water option being the jet of flow at the Sands Center, Carsile,

Or some very scrapy Grade 2 at Halton rapids, tho the weir below gives a small Jet at this level.


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