Best paddles without a Shuttle

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Best paddles without a Shuttle

Post by teddy_simmon » Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:09 pm

Hi All

Looking to do more paddling this winter but as often limited by one car, what are you best paddles with the minimum shuttle.

Matt

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Post by Andrew Battye » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:14 pm

Off the top of my head: Cwm Llan, Aberglaslyn Gorge, Uper Swale, Upper Tees and the Dee are all doable without a shuttle.
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Post by Wadhamite » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:22 pm

Dart loop Dart loop Dart loop. The Leven and Backbarrow if you don't mind a bit of a walk...

Or a bit of rock-gardening around your nearest bit of coast if it's suitable?
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Re: Best paddles without a Shuttle

Post by Jim » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:52 pm

Many burns in Scotland where you can park at the take out and hike in.

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Post by Patrick Clissold » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:54 pm

Mellte is possible with a half hour walk/jog. I've done the Upper Dart but that is about an hour walk/jog. Ystwyth in Mid Wales is a good one.

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Post by Dom3442 » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:02 pm

Hitching is good.

I've hitched shuttles on Conwy and Llugwy (getting lifts from non paddlers). Wnion is also hitchable too.

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Post by Hakase » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:08 pm

teddy_simmon wrote:Hi All

Looking to do more paddling this winter but as often limited by one car, what are you best paddles with the minimum shuttle.

Matt
Lee Valley ;)

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Post by Mark Dixon » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:53 pm

My best is the Erme, park and walk up a km or so and get on a rollercoaster ride to hell for 5 minutes in higher levels, absolubtely awsome!!
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Post by Randy Fandango » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:31 pm

Glaslyn Gorge, Etive, Coe, Erme, East Lyn, Upper or Lower Morriston.
It would probably help if you gave some idea of the grade you're after?
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Post by teddy_simmon » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:32 pm

Hi All

Thank you for all the help so far.

Grade wise happy with anything from 2 - 4

Ideally lakes, north wales north England.

Keep em coming.

Thanks

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Post by Lancs_lad » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:17 pm

Tilt....

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Post by wild river » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:21 pm

Stuff around the lakes could be
Leven isnt to bad especially with laps of Backbarrow
Lower kent is shortish.You can ride from Prizet Bridge to Force falls withou going onto the dual carriageway. The last three drops can definitely be lapped
Greta can be shortened to the more interesting bit if you start down Naddle beck under the A66. Go right here
Caldew is definitely easier to walk back up than drive
Killington Bridge to Rawthey confluence is 2-3 k on the water and a 15 minute walk. grade 2 ish run
Laps of Skellwith Force are great and no shuttle needed
Of course the Swale. You walk most of the way back anyway
High force Low force on the Tees is a straightforward one car run
Nith gorge if you are up Dumfreis way
I am sure there are more
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Re: Best paddles without a Shuttle

Post by DaveBland » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:39 pm

Troutbeck. Walked that shuttle many a time.
Also did Winion, Abergaslyn Gorge and Ogwen all in one day without a shuttle, one Christmas.

If you bung a bike into the equation, there's not much in the UK that's not shuttle-able.
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Post by Ian Dallaway » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:36 pm

The Keswick Greta is an easy one. Get in at the normal access point by Threlkeld and get off at the first road bridge by the park in Keswick. The Penrith bus stop is about 30 metres away and also stops at Threlkeld on the way to Penrith. You can google the bus times and if you time it correct, then the shuttle is as quick as if you had 2 vehicles.

I've done it twice now with only 1 car and it worked really well.
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Re: Best paddles without a Shuttle

Post by sundaykayaker » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:12 pm

River Clywedog
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Re: Best paddles without a Shuttle

Post by Frank B » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:29 pm

Upper Tryweryn is easily walkable, if you go to Bala its an easy hitch

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Re: Best paddles without a Shuttle

Post by CR » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:11 pm

The Garry in Scotland is nice, and you can't do a shuttle as far as I know, just park at the bottom and walk up.

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Post by banzer » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:48 pm

CR wrote:The Garry in Scotland is nice, and you can't do a shuttle as far as I know, just park at the bottom and walk up.
Well you can do a shuttle... it probably saves you a whole five minutes of walking!

How about Ingleton Waterfalls (Doe). Park at the top. Paddle as many as you want / dare. Walk back up on the nice easy path that (of course) you have paid for. (If you haven't, don't get spotted.)

The Washburn often has a shuttle bus running during the summer.
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Re: Best paddles without a Shuttle

Post by Nick Scots » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:50 pm

Two I have done.

River Lochy
Park at the Bottom of the Neptune Staircase. This is sea level. Portage up to the top of the Staircase. Paddle the canal - sail if the prevailing wind blows - up to the confluence with the Lochy (at Mucomir power station the Spean becomes the Lochy). Line the canoe down the canal,bank to the Lochy. Big volume river with one grd 3. Nice bouncy grd 2 just before the sea. Then go back to car.

River Oich
Park at the end of Loch Oich and enter the Oich river by the river wide stopper - lovely to see when running - the when you pop out in Loch Ness, turn right and portage back up the locks and paddle back to your car using the canal.

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