Hebden Water levels?

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Hebden Water levels?

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Anyone know if the level is good to run the Hebden Water this evening 4/july? The Ribble/Calder/Hodder are at good levels and its been raining again this morning.
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The calder is brillliant at high water but if you do go down make sure you get out at the get out point below the canoe club because there is a weir a bit further down the you cant get out of and theres no portage, it kills about 4 people a year.
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Hi jonnyspencer,

Just wanting to ask a query about the calder upstream of the slalom site. Did it for the first time recently, from Mytholmroyd down to the slalom site. About 3/4 down we got to a V shaped weir, and were unsure of it, so decided to portage river left. We ended up going behind two factory complexes, transferring to canal until the next place we could find to get back in.

Do you happen to know, what are the weirs like in the section we missed out? Are they generally runnable, and if not, is it better/possible to portage river right instead?

BTW was impressed that weirs are visible on aerial photos

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To my knowledge all of the weirs are doable, but I'd check the horseshoe weir before doing it.

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hhzoombird wrote:Hi jonnyspencer,

Just wanting to ask a query about the calder upstream of the slalom site. Did it for the first time recently, from Mytholmroyd down to the slalom site. About 3/4 down we got to a V shaped weir, and were unsure of it, so decided to portage river left. We ended up going behind two factory complexes, transferring to canal until the next place we could find to get back in.

Do you happen to know, what are the weirs like in the section we missed out? Are they generally runnable, and if not, is it better/possible to portage river right instead?

BTW was impressed that weirs are visible on aerial photos

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There all runable, well everytime weve been down weve run them but if you unsure just check, ive done it from Mytholmroyd quite a few times and never had any problems, that was at medium level water if its quite high id get out and double check though.
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Thanks for the info!

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Post by lesf »

The V-shaped weir you refer to is definately runnable, although as it a vertical drop you'd probably want to give it a miss in high water. having said that we have had some-one from the club stuck in it at medium water levels - and as its walled in, getting them out is tricky!

I've always run it river left, just out from the wall and avoiding the obvious wooden posts in the water at the bottom.

One of our older club members also talks of a boat being pinned (well impaled0 on a metal spike after running this weir in the middle of the V - needless to say i've never felt the need to go looking for this!

If you want to avoid the V weir climb up the bank to the canal side under the footbridge. We usually access the river again just after the mill building - the wooden fence on the canal side is broken, giving access to a road that leads beyond the mill and across an open area to the river. I guess the land belongs to the mill but we've never had a problem doing this.

The next weirs (double weir) are also runnable, and Ive seen them done in high water. The second smaller wier has a small central notch which allow you to push through.

Obviously in v. high water these all need respect.

Also on a final point, as jonnyspencer6 says, if the water is high, check you can land and get out at the bottom of the slalom site / ww course - if not you are heading for the next weir, which at high water level is a canoe gobbler!! with no bank access for a rescue. (It's not killed any one in the last few years, but that cos we don't go near it at high water)

On the original point - Hebden Water (we call it Hard castle crags) need lots of water to be good - but it is good

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