Wezzit? (North East, now solved!)

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Wezzit? (North East, now solved!)

Post by Jim Pullen » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:12 pm

Ok so I can't compete with Marv for wezzits on some stonking first decent, but...

I had a few hours to spare this afternoon and the water levels have all been dog low up here so I went for a walk - and was pleasently surprised to find a possible new beck to have a look at when the next heavy rain falls.

This slide seems to be the main event and is the last rapid I stumbled across - its about 3m high. Any guesses?!

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:14 am

Well 200-odd views and not one guess?

Hint: it's a trib off a major North East river, but doesn't seem to appear in any guides (not sure about the Nick Doll one, because my copy has wandered). It would need heavy rain, but probably no more than other more well-known tribs in the area. Its about 3km long, with a bouldery flat bit for the first km, followed by a gorge section before opening up into a valley, with a few drops and slides. I reckon it'd be a technical grade 3 maybe going to 4 for the gorge in high water.

Here's a couple more pics:

Probable put-in (if you could float here the rest would go!):
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Start of gorge section ~1km in.
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Drop at open bit near bottom:
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Come on someone else must have a clue, or maybe even run it?
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Post by Grumpy Fisherman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:37 am

Is it on the drive up to the Cow Green reservoir? I'm sure I recognise it but can't for the life of me remember the name of it. If it is the one I'm thinking of it is in the Doll guidebook.

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:53 am

Grumpy wrote:Is it on the drive up to the Cow Green reservoir? I'm sure I recognise it but can't for the life of me remember the name of it. If it is the one I'm thinking of it is in the Doll guidebook.
From Darlington to Cow Green - yes you would pass over it then ;-)

Or are you thinking from HF up to Cow Green, in which case the answer is no!

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Post by Dav » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:56 am

Cray?

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Post by Tom W » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:11 pm

It's definitely not Cray (if you're thinking of the same Cray Gill as me - if not I apologise)!

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Post by Kayacb » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:46 pm

Pipes gave it away!

Clough! very very low!!!

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Post by Kayacb » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:47 pm

Wrong again! not enough pipes!

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Post by Grumpy Fisherman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:53 pm

Langdon Beck?

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:55 pm

Grumpy's still the closest in that it's within 15 miles of Cow Green as the crow flies.

As I said, I haven't found it in any guides (book or online) and a search revels it to have only been mentioned once before on this site in a discussion about whether it would be worth it (no conclusion was reached).

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:56 pm

Not Langdon beck, but getting closer...

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Post by Grumpy Fisherman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:58 pm

Harwood Beck? I definitely remember driving over that pipe bridge.

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:04 pm

Wrong direction.

I very much doubt you'll have driven over that bridge, it's somewhat out the way.

However, you'll have driven over the bottom of the trib numerous times....

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Post by DanH » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:06 pm

Hudeshope Beck!

It flows into the Tees in Middleton-in-Teesdale.

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:15 pm

DanH wrote:Hudeshope Beck!

It flows into the Tees in Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Bingo!

Have you run it? Or, indeed, has anyone?

Put in located at GR: NY944293

There's currently a fence just above the gorge section, which would need portaging:

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And there's also two small trees down in the gorge which could be fairly easily removed by a couple of people with a bow saw:

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Anyway, it looks like it has potential to be quite fun, I'd like to go back with a boat when there's water and experiment. The gorge section looks like it would be quite continuos and there's three or four small drops and slides at the bottom:

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Post by little tim » Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:55 pm

I'd be up for that. Let me know when you're planning it...

If it was nearer Cumbria I'd suggest getting the chainsaw out!

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Post by Grumpy Fisherman » Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:53 pm

little tim wrote:I'd be up for that. Let me know when you're planning it...
Ditto. Can there be more water than the last paddling mission we went on please?

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Post by busstop » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:44 pm

I'm In. Looks better than Egglestone beck.

Anyone know where Mosedale Beck is? Its another Tees trib with some drops on I think.

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Post by DanH » Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:54 pm

Jim Pullen wrote:
DanH wrote:Hudeshope Beck!

It flows into the Tees in Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Bingo!

Have you run it? Or, indeed, has anyone?
I've not run it, though have inspected (walked the river bed) the full length of it from the pipes to Middleton where it joins the Tees. Its a fun walk in summer!

It always has some water in it, but have never seen it with enough water in it to make it worth boating.

It'd probably only be a grade 3 with water in, there'd be a flow on it and a few small easy drops, the biggest issue would be the trees and the fence!

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:49 pm

That was pretty much my conclusion.

There's a left-handed slot bend thing in the gorge which may warrant more than a grade three and also that final slide could be interesting with water going all over the shelf.

Anyway it 'll probably be worth a look - maybe a similar level to Egglestone? Only one way to find out...

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Post by Jim Pullen » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:56 pm

Busstop - are you sure you mean Mosedale? That would seem to be in Cumbria near Wastwater?

Andy gave a pretty good run down on most of the Tees tribs in this topic.

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