River Plym - Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge

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River Plym - Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge

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Post by andy i » Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:34 pm

Did this river on Tuesday, all of the rocks where covered at the take out of the upper section and it was a lot of fun. I would love to padle it with even more water.

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Post by Mark R » Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:38 am

Last year I was surprised to discover that in spate (Meavy and Upper Plym flowing over fields) it's continuous heavy grade 4 practically right to the takeout. The tree-lined banks forced centre lines on everything ...
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Post by Simon Westgarth » Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:52 am

When the Meavy dam is flowing over the spillway, which can be for several days after a runoff event, the first 100m of the Lower Plym can be an excellent Class IV coaching venue.

During a run off event, this section along with the Meavy is a good Class III/IV adventure.

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Post by andy i » Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:45 pm

There is one tree going across the river, about 1.5 miles in, but there is a small way through on the river right, but in very high water it could be a problem!
There are a few eddys up stream.

It's just around a right hand bend.

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Post by Mark R » Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:46 pm

andy I wrote:There is one tree going across the river
Apparently I boofed right over it in our big spate run, although have no recollection of ever actually seeing it ...
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Post by Mark R » Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:06 pm

Ray Latham (Nov 06) ..."The Plym was fantastic. the opening grade 4 rapid at the junction of the Meavy and Plym was very high, bouncy and lasted for 200 - 300mtrs, it forced a double roll out of me. The rest of the river to the get out for this section was totally enjoyable although not to the grade of the opening rapid. On about the 3rd rapid from the start of the Plym there is a large tree trunk pinned in line with the river. The main flow passes right beside and under this. it takes a bit of struggling to get by without getting washed under the trunk."
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Post by Ross W » Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:06 pm

Apparently this tree has gone now, although I've not seen for myself yet, Info comes from a mate who live/owns land near there
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Post by Swampthing » Sun Nov 23, 2008 7:26 pm

I paddled this couple weeks ago and can confirm that the tree has been forced right over to the left bank leaving the river clear.
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Post by Mark R » Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:55 am

New pics added today.
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Post by daydoe » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:08 am

We were on the plym this sunday a fantastic paddle in the water levels :-)

when we got out by Bickleigh Bridge (SX 529618), we met the land owner of the house opposite the bridge. He was very nice to us however he siad to us that there were a growing number of groups using the wrong access point. Getting out just after the bridge on river left. He is concerned by this as he is looking after a rare breed of duck that have nesting sites on that bank.

He asked me to remind people to use the access point 200m beore the bridge on river right ( a rocky beach) and go up the steep public footpath to the road.

He was very nice but think he could get upset if we keep using his land rather than the public foorpath just up streem...

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Post by Ray Latham » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:34 am

I have met that chap before now as well. I think he owns the property by the bridge on river right.

As you say nice enough but didnt want anyone coming down the river as far as the bridge, this was a year ago. He also had a German Shepard with him the size of a camel. The dog was not quite so friendly.

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Plymbridge.

Post by Kayak-Bloke » Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:55 am

I'm not brave enough or good enough to tackle the (Upper) Plym.
However, was walking the dog on the recent bank holiday weekend and noticed that there was a little surfable wave immediately downstream from the stone bridge. (the actual Plym Bridge).
Does this wash out and vanish at higher levels or get bigger and better? Only, given the proximity of the car park, I was thinking park and play?

Regularly visit the area and want to know if it's worth taking the boat as this spot is only five mins from parent's front door.


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Post by Ross W » Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:01 pm

are we talking about the wave that develops below the center arch of the bridge?
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Re: Plymbridge.

Post by Kayak-Bloke » Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:15 pm

Yep that's the one.
It was only a little wave. But was wondering what it does when there's actaully some water!
Does it get bigger, washout or turn into a hole?

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Post by Ross W » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:17 pm

washes out :(

river left turns in to a small hole though. havnt seen it in big big flow yet - only medium levels
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Post by Kayak-Bloke » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:35 am

Ross W wrote:washes out :(

river left turns in to a small hole though. havnt seen it in big big flow yet - only medium levels

Thanks. Oh well!

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Re: RIVER PLYM (Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge)

Post by jmmoxon » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:37 pm

No major tree issues last Saturday on this cracking run (unlike the Meavy)

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Re: RIVER PLYM (Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge)

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Post by Will.S. » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:45 pm

Just to mention there are a few river wide trees on the Lower.

One was in the grade 3/4 part at the top. Approx 300m after the start.

Had a great level today. Big and bouncy - Lucky for us the level permitted a boof over said tree. Could be a significant obstruction with less water though.

Fishermen were casting in the pools just before the get out. All very amicable.
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Re: River Plym - Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge

Post by Conrad Dowding » Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:26 am

Paddled this 25/11/2012 at 0.8 on the Carnwood gauge. River was a nice medium level, no river wide trees, the only point of concern is just after a sharp left hand bend at the end of the first rapid where the river starts to slacken off. You can see a big pile of trees dead ahead, but the river bends right and if you stay right you'll stay clear of them. If you do go left there is a tree at the bottom of a small slide you could get sent into.

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Re: River Plym - Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge

Post by EddR » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:17 pm

A quick heads up as I don't know if this happens a lot or not. While looking at the Lower Plym today we had a gentleman explain to us that we couldn't paddle the section as the river and all the land surrounding it was private despite there being national trust land above and a clearly marked footpath off the river before Bickleigh Bridge as in the guidebook I believe. Though, we didn't get on in the end partly as we were worried about trees but mostly because it was 3:40 pm.

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Post by Mark R » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:00 pm

He was wrong. End of.
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Re: River Plym - Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge

Post by EddR » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:27 pm

Yes, I did explain to him that we are perfectly entitled to paddle this section and threatening people by claiming that they are trespassing amounts to bullying but there we go.

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Re: River Plym - Shaugh Bridge to Bickleigh Bridge

Post by jmmoxon » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:37 pm

The old track down to river at Bickleigh now has this sign on it:
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The footpath further upstream has no parking near it.

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