River Don - Stocksbridge to Oughtibridge

North of the Trent drainage, flowing to the North Sea
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Hi All
Paddled the river Don yesterday 15th Nov 2009 and it has a tree which has fallen right accross the river on the Exit of the grade 3 section. The tree is just passable in low water as you can just limbo under it with care. but will be a major problem in high flows with a risk to life. Please inspect before running this section.

The tree is pretty big and wont be moving for a while, it proberbly needs a chainsaw

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Hi,
We're thinking of running the Don this weekend. Does anyone know if the tree is still a problem?
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Paddled the section below this to Meadowhall last friday in opens, the river was fairly low, bit scrapy on some of the rapids but all the weirs were fine. One portage around a double drop vertical weir. Met many friendly fishermen. Nice enough trip for a city paddle. cheers andy

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The double drop is quite nice in a kayak. We did it from deepcar down to kalam island in the city when we had a lot of rain few weeks ago. It does need a fair bit of rain not to be a scrape.

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andy wa wrote:Paddled the section below this to Meadowhall last friday in opens, the river was fairly low, bit scrapy on some of the rapids but all the weirs were fine. One portage around a double drop vertical weir. Met many friendly fishermen. Nice enough trip for a city paddle. cheers andy
Any info on gauges levels for the Stocksbridge - Oughtibridge or Oughtibridge to Meadowhall section? Thinking of looking at this soon.

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I'm sure it was 1.4 ish when we did deepcar to Sheffield and it was high. It does take a fair bit of rain and doesn't stay up long.

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Hi. Ive just joined the community.
Fairly new to paddling as I've been doing it since may this year but have come on quite well.
I live in deepcar and last sunday did a run from The gorge section to sheffield canoe club.
Ive started a south yorks kayak and canoe page on facebook to help the local community to get together for runs.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canoeing ... 3378267259

I also filmed the entire paddle and uploaded to youtube.
If you want to watch me capsize in the gorge and then the rest capsize at the end in 2 feet of water this is the link.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... s0OEHXln1s

I think what Kirmit says is correct. 2 days before we paddled it I checked it and thought it looked scrappy. Heavy rain on saturday night made it rise a foot and that made it a good run.
I might paddle it tomorrow, if not I'll just paddle at sheffield canoe club. oughtibridge.


As for the run to meadowhall I am trying to arrange a paddle on the 7th of december from either oughtibridge or neepsend at the broken weir.
the facebook page is what Im trying to sort the run on. I'll know more possibly after tomorrow when I talk to people at the club.

Stu

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Hi.Levels were ok 3rd november. did run from gorge to oughtibridge.Further up stream at the checkered bridge the car park bit is not accessible with your car although you can park a little further up the road fine.putting in is ok there on foot but the 1st weir is a NO GO.That nasty bridge made from girders and railway sleepers has been removed but scaffold is still covering the river.(currently) further down stream after wharncliffe side where there is a bridge made from a telegraph pole and planks its passable underneath at the moment. (quite wide point of river so levels are fairly constant.)none os us realy had to duck.I have posted a full run from gorge to oughtibridge vid on youtube. watch if you want. sorry for swears.:)http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... heers.#stu

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Re: RIVER DON (Stocksbridge to Oughtibridge)

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We paddled the River Don from Forge Lane near Stocksbridge to Coronation Park in Oughtibridge. Just a few hundred meters from the get in point the river under washed the bank on left hand side and because of that a pole and some barb wire over hang of that side of the river. We did it at low level without causing any problems but in a higher level the barb wire can be in neck high. Apart from that there are generally a lot of fallen three and different debris in the water. The river level was 0.47m checking on the rain chaser and I consider the trip being scrapy

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Has this since been cleared or the land owner made aware?
also was the broken weir further down runable straight through or do you still have to dog leg it?

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Re: River Don - Stocksbridge to Oughtibridge

Post by Philip Jones »

We did this river on a low at the weekend.
Going to try update the main description when I figure out how.

The better get on is at the Chequered bridge, just north of the Stocksbridge Bypass at Soughley Lane.
If there is a medium level, there is another get on further up at Wortley Forge. This contains a few fallen trees, broken weirs, a normal weir and a low bridge.

From the Chequered Bridge down;
Downstream of the Stocksbridge Bypass Bridge, there is a weir, easily spotted by the footbridge adjacent which can be inspected from the footpath on river right.

There is a few trees down on the river which we easily avoided.
One large one at the railway bridge which spans the centre.

Much further down, another bridge is blocked next to the new Sewage works. This can be dodged easily in lower water, and in higher water, there is an easy line right left to dodge it.

At the second main weir, there is a new-ish Fishbypass river left which can be used by kayakers to avoid it. (It is unsuitable for open canoes due to the turn)

The recommended get out is at Oughtibridge Coronation Park, river left, anywhere upstream of the village bridge which has a weir which can turn nasty in higher water.

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