The river is part of SSSI/SAC and as such clear environmental reasons for setting a minimum level. Access only 1st Nov-31st July subject to the minimum level. The minimum level was set and where to view it in a number of locations on the river given. A list of acceptable access points all public or with permission, named and with proper grid reference.
Large groups (more than 10) or outdoor centre groups are asked to avoid the river due to its narrowness and the sensitive wildlife.
No paddling 1 Aug- 31st Oct unless agreed in advance with the local landowner association and subject to the environmental conditions.
Now that almost seems fair except the no access 1Aug-31stOct was decided for the following reason:
As the river is a narrow river it is not possible to canoe and fish at the same time – especially when the river is in spate. There are many health and safety issues as the majority of anglers are spinning or fishing on the worm using ledgers. Casting is further across the river with hooks which can be dangerous. Paddling at this time can cause disturbance to angling.
Does that last line make anyone elses blood boil? So the reasoning is some health and safety waffle and then opps it might upset some fishermen cant be having that then.
Oh the river in question is the River Cocker in the lakes. So makes me doubt the environement reasons for restrictions on the Derwent too.
Can anyone else think of any "narrow" rivers where there is fishing and paddling as I want a few examples for my response to the proposal.
Oh can anyone guess which government organisation has arranged this draft agreement? And I am shocked to find 3 groups of canoeist are supposed to have been consulted in its creation including the BCU (who seem to have much less back bone then the WCA).
Also anyone know why the BCU is still agreeing to take part in setting up access agreements that are clearly not fair or even remotely