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Some fabulous images from yesteryear available at the dartmoorarchive.org

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Pretty much at the top of the steps, I'd guess....


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Is that a K2 with one paddle?
And do they run it?

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Mark R wrote:Pretty much at the top of the steps, I'd guess....


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Probably somewhere near that. The highest I can recall is in January 1992, when on the Upper Dart in my Palm AquaBat, a guy swam from Euthanasia to the rapid below Surprise Surprise with no chase boater, (no one wanted to paddle in hot pursuit after him). After rescuing him from the submerged island on the left, we hiked him out and called for an ambulance. The emergency vehicle could not get through passed Holne Weir, as the road was flooded over wheel height, and the police closed the road fro several hours. There were a few steps showing, as I recalled steeping out on them, and I could touch the top of the third arch. In all the years I have been on Dartmoor since, I have not seen a level anywhere near that day since. Yet in the above image, the river would of been a lot higher still, the possibilities.....

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Interestingly since records began in late 50s the highest flow at Buckfastleigh was 550 cumecs on 27/12/79 [this was estimated - East Dart was at 60 & West at 131]

More recently the 7/12/00 comes 2nd with 371 cumecs [although East wasn't so high, 42 cumecs, nor West, 85 cumecs]

The East (55 cumecs) & West (121) were higher on 31/12/00, but Buckfastleigh "only" reached 340 cumecs.

Jan 1991 is also recorded as having a big peak http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/hi ... ?46003_pot

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There are a couple more pics of Dart that day:

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plus East Dart more recently:

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& Becky Falls:

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jmmoxon wrote:There are a couple more pics of Dart that day:

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Wezzit? I can't ID those places.


jmmoxon wrote:East Dart more recently:

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Highest I've run the Dart, I suspect the level was about the same as in that pic. The lintel on the clapper bridge was just covered when we turned up, we ran away crying and started on the Black Brook at Princetown instead, giving the river time to drop off.
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I think the top 2 pics are also Dartmeet, looking upstream off the bridge (the drop in foreground would be the clapper bridge) & then towards the car park entrance (it was 75 years ago & hand writing is the same)

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Does anyone know the date / location of the picture with the kayak?
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I would guess...Horrabridge on the River Walkham, 28th September 1967.
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In 2002 the the river was over the banks as it flowed through the RDCP flooding the paths and the adventure play area overnight... and it was so high at Newbridge at first light that there was a cushion wave forming on the upstream side of the central arch with no visible gap. It dropped very quickly in the early morning, but there was a laminated photo of this in the old DNP portacabin in the New Bridge car park.

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brevan wrote:Does anyone know the date / location of the picture with the kayak?
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1964, according to the website.
It's the only hit if you use "canoe" as a search term.
"kayak" doesn't get any.
I haven't gone through all the images for "boat".

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