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RIVER MELLS

Post by Mark R » Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:23 pm

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RIVER MELLS - Changes at Hapsford

Post by andya » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:29 pm

Had a scout of this whole stretch today, and there are significant changes at Hapsford from last year.

The weir behind the lorry park has been built up, so the low bridge mentioned in the guide is now impassable (1 foot clearance) even in low water (0.2 on Vallis EA gauge today). The two pipes below the wier are now dry. The water is now diverted much further downstream presumable for a Hydro plant at the Mill, and the water re-emerges out of two huge plastic pipes in a new cutting approx 400m below Hapsford bridge.

The upshot is there is approx third of a mile of dry channel now, and a long portage from above the low bridge, through the lorry park and woodland.


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On a more temporary basis there are a couple of river wide strainer trees currently down between the First Crumbling weir at Bedlam Cottage and Vallis Gauge wier.

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