Smallest paddleable drainage basin?

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Ieuan's recent thread 'Welsh Wezzit' shows some tasty boating on a wee creek that covers all of 5 grid squares on the large-scale OS map. And it only just makes 5 at that.

So, if you include any grid square that has a part of the drainage, what's the fewest grid squares covered by a 'paddleable' creek in the UK... at the point where it becomes paddleable?

I thought the Allt Odhar at Spean Bridge was pretty small, but that covers 8 grid squares. By way of comparison, everyone's favourite ditch the Allt A'Chaorainn in Glen Etive covers a fairly meaty 25 or so grid squares...... If you're not familiar with Bing Maps, get on it! Remember to select 'OS Mapping'!
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Can you post links to the areas you've pointed out?

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If i've done it right then i think the Etherow covers six, and Heyden Brook might be less, although i don't know where the put in for that is so i can't tell the exact number.

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Big Henry wrote:Can you post links to the areas you've pointed out?
Not entirely sure how to do this because the 'search' function only takes you to a town or village, then you have to scroll from there. However, Spean Bridge is here: http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=51.179 ... U3MjcwMDU=

then you scroll up. As for this welsh creek (Gaseg) , search for llyn Celyn, and go left about 8 or 9 kms on the A4212. It's to the south.
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My wife recently went on her annual trek across Wales on horseback, using as many bridle-paths and tracks as possible, even wading through waist deep bogs, and paddling in the River Severn pretty close to it's source.
Anyway, to annoy me this year she took this photo!!!
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From my reading of the map and contours I think it is the little ditch which flows off Pegwyn Bach just to the east of Grach.
http://binged.it/U4YDyx
This flows into the Nant Cydros and ultimately the Afon Dulas.
Looking at the map though I reckon it only gets water from at a maximum 2 squares.
She tells me 3 years ago when it really rained!!! it was much bigger.
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Cwm Llan at the bit where most folk go sliding has a drainage of about 4 grid squares. Who wants to count up the drainage for the Lower Conwy?

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This is about 4 squares too.. Depending where you claim you've paddled from...
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