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Post by scarymary » Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:59 pm

I read in canoe focus that symonds yat rapids are being developed starting in early september.

Anyone know the exact dates as I am trying to organise a canoe trip early september with staff and the idea was to finish with a day on the rapids.

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Re: symonds yat

Post by KayakingJoe » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:06 am

scarymary wrote:I read in canoe focus that symonds yat rapids are being developed starting in early september.

Anyone know the exact dates as I am trying to organise a canoe trip early september with staff and the idea was to finish with a day on the rapids.
(sorry, i put this in the wrong place)

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Post by 4starmike » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:57 pm

See: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/re ... =1&lang=_e

Looks like it will be closed between 1 September and 15 October
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Post by scarymary » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:45 pm

Thanx for that, I changed the trip plan.

Getting on at locksters pool and off at ross-on-wye.

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Post by John Saunders » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:43 pm

Mary

If you haven't already left there were some large pieces of tree/whole trunks under the road bridge at Ross on Sunday. Probably passable although they go all the way through the two main right hand arches and are partially submerged, so easier to stay left (river low enough to get out on spit at far left arch).

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Post by Pam Bell » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:57 pm

NOTICE RECEIVED TODAY

The Contractor for the "in river" work at Symonds Yat has started work to-day Monday September 1st.

The temporary closure of the Wye navigation and of the rapids is therefore NOW IN FORCE and will remain inforce until at the latest October 15th.

Paddlers and all other river users MUST ASSUME that there is no passage along this part of the river Wye and MUST pull out above the rapids and portage down the LEFT (east) BANK. This is a 300m portage which is shared with both a footpath and a cycleway diversion.

Trolleys should be available for heavier craft.

This proceedure MUST be followed in reverse for any upstream progressing navigators.

There will be signs and local instructions on a white board at the steps to the river directly in front of the ROYAL LODGE HOTEL, Symonds Yat East and at the downstream end of the works.

The programme for the Week commencing the September 1st is expect to be.

* The contractor will be mobilising himself into the site.

* A temporary ramp to get the machines in and out of the river will be built.

* The "In river" 5 ton Rocks will be delivered to site.

* SWIMMERS and DIVERS will be in the river carrying out Pearl Mussel and other "In river" environmental surveys.

The week beginning the 8th.

* It is expected that rocks will be temporarily placed along the banks ready for placing.

September 9th. The Symonds Yat Preservation Group will meet at 7.30pm in the Royal Lodge Hotel to review progress.

The exact rate of progress of the work is river level dependent. If all goes well it might just be possible that a minute to minute local decision to open up the rapids to passage might be made at any time during the contract but this must be assumed to be unlikely.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT PADDLERS AND ALL NAVIGATORS OBEY ALL SIGNS AND LOCAL INSTRUCTIONS.

BY ENTERING THE SITE UNAUTHORISED, THERE IS A GRAVE DANGER OF INJURY NOT JUST TO THEMSELVES BUT ALSO TO CONTRACTORS STAFF AND OTHER OPERATIVES. ROCKS, LARGE CONTRACTING MACHINERY, CRANES, DUMPERS, PUMPS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT WILL BE WORKING FROM TIME TO TIME IN THE RIVER AND ON IT'S BANKS.

JUST BECAUSE IT LOOKS AS IF WORK IS NOT GOING ON, DOES NOT MEAN TO SAY THAT IT IS NOT.

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Post by scarymary » Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:50 pm

thanks for all the help.

We did the trip. Twas a very wet one, but all enjoyed

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Update : Sept 17th

Post by andy g » Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:30 am

As reported by others the river is closed for the contractors to be able to work on the rapids BUT there is a fair chance that you can run them legally by co-operating with the site engineer.
Just after the ferry crosses the river there is a new set of steps , river left, land here and there is a walki-talki radio in a pouch. Call up the chief engineer (who is both very co-operative and a canoeist himself) and ask about possibilities. You may have to await a clear spell (ie lunchtime or a break) but at least you get the opportunity for your group to run the rapids.
You cannot scout them as the footpath is closed and the portage looks long long and quite ardous, but at least you can run them by co-operation with the construction gang.
There is a new set of steps downstream river left , but it is about 400 metres further on from the last wave, well hidden in the trees , and the breakout is very small and will only hold a couple of boats.
A larger group who need to re-assemble after the run should aim for the small beach river right which will accomdate a larger party.
Our DoE expedition was the first group to make use of this system yesterday and I can only heap praise on the helpful attitude of the construction site and the chief engineer in particular. He even offered to take photos of our group as we ran through, an offer glady accepted.
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