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Highest WW in England?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:33 pm
by banzer
I've seen this discussed about Scotland and Wales, but not England. Assuming it to be the Lake District, some of the higher put-ins for spate runs (upper upper Duddon, Kirkstone Beck, Upper Sprint) get to about 290 or 300m. However, the upper Wear where Wellhope and Killhope Burn meet turns out to be more like 400m. Has anyone paddled / put on any higher than this in England?

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:12 pm
by Richard Gunton
Cwm llan got to be pretty high. Not England though lol. Upper dart then

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:17 pm
by ion
There have to be silly masochistic things in the Dark Peak higher than that? Alport? Chew Brook? Marsden Clough? All those should be around 500M I'd have thought

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:25 pm
by Poke
West Dart is only ~300m depending where the put in is.
Cwn Llan even lower - at about ~260m?

Need something that is long - Tees starts at Cauldron Snout - 450m?

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:38 pm
by Rory W
I've put on Killhope Burn a lot higher than that - about 530m I reckon. Where the road gets steep above the leadmining centre.

Tees starts a lot higher than that if it's wet enough and you like walking. There are roads up there if you could get permission. No rapids that really look worth the effort on that or the Troutbeck though.

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:42 pm
by Mark R
Nothing I've done in the SW is higher than the 400m range.

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:51 pm
by Rory W
S Tyne will go (ish) from well above 500m too.

Anyone ever been to look at Black Burn, Cash Burn and Shield Water?

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:57 pm
by Jim Pullen
Oh geeky river question!

I'm sure there must be something in the Lakes, but struggling to find much over 400m. I thought the Upper Sprint would be a candidate, but that comes in at ~430m.

Rory's Killhope Burn descent is looking like a winner (guide on here and in the new English White Water).

I've heard that Black Burn has seen descents, but doubt anyone has bothered walking up to it's tribs. On the other side of the fell, Maize Beck should go from ~600m up, but no one has ever walked in with a boat to my knowledge.

Re: Highest WW in England?

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:17 pm
by banzer
Meanwhile in Scotland... I don't think the burn near the ski field at Cairn Gorm cuts the mustard. Here http://binged.it/1lFBe1q might just be one of the highest potentially paddleable streams, at 756m...... anyone up for it??