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Not everyone is lucky enough to have a local run, for after work or cheeky mornings, but if you do, why not big it up here, and share your love with the world.
Pics and vids even better.
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15 miles away, probably seen before Dave but worth seeing again





My lad and his mate (I cant be done with Go-Pro) a year or so apart but 2 very diffeent trips, the 2nd vid was when the East Dart guage reached a record level whilst they were on it.
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Nice videos Mark! :)

I keep planning to spend more time on the upper dart to get more used to it - must find more time (when there is water!)

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Nothing I do regularly after work, and nothing before work (I'm always late anyway), but Glen Etive is only an hour and quarter away so if there is rain in the summer and I could be bothered to find someone to paddle with anything up that way is feasible for an after work run. We have in the past caught the Allt Bhalaich on a summer evening and even the Coe at a medium-high level, but I'm not that pro-active any more!

I have yet to see how long it's going to take to get to Pinkston in the evenings because it hasn't opened yet, it's a lot nearer but on the wrong side of Glasgow so getting there before/after work would mean taking on the traffic at it's slowest....

My normal after work paddle these days isn't a river at all, I just go for a blast in the sea kayak or a canoe rolling session on Loch Lomond, 10 minutes drive, sandy beach to get on at.... what's not to like?

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Local run.

In Wales its the Glen, not the closest to our place, (the Cresta is) but we know its a gem.

In Nepal, Pokhara, its the Upper Seti, a short ride from our flat.

And now, as I sit in the afternoon sun drinking tea the Ganga flows past me.

Local runs indeed.
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Local is Kent and Leven (20-30 mins). Both not that demanding but plenty of moves to work on so that when the rain arrives properly you are sharp. I would guess that the Leven runs about 200+ days a year, cant argue with that.

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The River Goyt is my local run.

It's usually grade 2, but when it does come up it just manages to break in to grade 3, with lots of trees and a few weirs to keep you on your toes.

My lads been paddling on it since he was 6 and I like to think that over the years it's given him some good experiences and prepared him for the bigger stuff he's paddling now - he's in the blue Mamba :)


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The thing I miss most about living in Fort Bill (apart from the nightlife of course) has to be the Nevis, you can leave work and be at the top car park in fifteen minutes.... or the start of the Mad Mile in about twelve maybe? (How many grade 5s in Britain are so close to sea level??). And the Mad Mile down is reasonable to solo if need be. Cracking run and a funky fall to finish.
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These days may local runs are the Vieze and Drance in Valais, Switzerland. Both cracking grade 4 rivers when they run (May - July) and surprisingly under paddled.

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That said, I do miss living in Llangollen for being able to get on the Dee in the evenings, regardless of time of year.

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What are the chances… just stumbled upon a recent vid from the local paddling shop of the Elbow - our local run - at low flows from the other week. It had a massive flood last summer which changed it a bit. This is at 12cmecs. It went up to over 1000 before the gauge got swept away.

It's around 25 now, so I'll try to get some footage tomorrow.

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Got on my local run a couple of weeks back - hadn't paddled it for over a decade...

http://southwestseakayaking.co.uk/2014/ ... er-piddle/
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That's a fine looking craft Mark. When I have a larger garage.....
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I live less than 3 miles from fishermans gorge on the ogwen last time i ran it was i few weeks ago and there was enough water to do gunbarrel without the risk of cheese grating my boat which was great as i hadn't done it in ages. Heres a vid from last winter

And I work a mile or so from the Nant Gwryd, here's a vid from a month or 2 back



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Mark R wrote:Got on my local run a couple of weeks back - hadn't paddled it for over a decade...

http://southwestseakayaking.co.uk/2014/ ... er-piddle/
I like that!

I'm afraid I'm going to have to pull you up for your inapproriate safety gear though, you should have had long sleeve tops to prevent sun-burn, especially that former Scotsman! :-)

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No vid of mine yet, but did see a moose with her baby crossing the river on Sunday. Got a bit twitchy as the baby stayed on one side, scared and mum was across the other. We had to paddle between them – rather quickly.
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Local evening run, the Sheep River.
Cracking photo from Trevor Z, Thanks!

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I really like that photo !

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