RIVER ERME (Upper Section to Harford Bridge)

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RIVER ERME (Upper Section to Harford Bridge)

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Re: RIVER ERME (Upper Section to Harford Bridge)

Post by Mark Dixon » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:45 pm

Had a scout of this today with view to running it when everything's mental, it looks potentially a fantastic trip, its definately worth the walk to the weir at the top as it looks like some good rapids near the top. Though there was no water in it we got the just of whats on offer. The 1st 1.5 miles is open Moorland and all visible but once you reach the treeline where a fence on RR is visible going up the hill it may be a good idea to scout a bit as there are low trees and depending on level it will need you to be on your game ( scouting RL looked best). About 3/400 yds into treeline there is a tree down on RL and your best to scout on RR as there is a weir which looks like it could be nasty, again low trees look a problem but rapids look really nice. Took a few photos and put on Flikr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/72747745@N ... 843849871/
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Re: RIVER ERME (Upper Section to Harford Bridge)

Post by nomorfkindhalbhat » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:01 pm

Ran this at christmas, the level was a good 2 ft above the 2 photos shown on the guide above. There were 3 trees down one right across the river between the treeline and Harford bridge. Once you see the treeline get out and inspect for timber, things become rather "sporty" and believe me here, stopping is not an option with some very large holes and powerful water to negotiate down to Harford bridge. Please don,t underestimate this section in spate as the guide above says. A tree in the wrong place Here could severly damage your chances of drawing a pension. A footpath follows the river right bank from Harford bridge.

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Re: RIVER ERME (Upper Section to Harford Bridge)

Post by Mark Dixon » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:17 pm

Finally got to paddle this today at a good level, walked all way to hut which was well worth it (45 mins!) water was pouring off hills and level was good. Only paddled to tree line as looked suicide when we scouted ahead and rewards were simply not there for risk. Could have taken a bit more water but definately one of best spate runs I've done on Dartmoor. If everything else is mental well worth walk in

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