River Ribble - Clitheroe to Ribchester

North of the Severn drainage, west of the Pennines
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Access Problems: Got a load of agro from the fly fishermen, even though we moved over as far as possible away from them, they kept claiming that we where trespassing and to get out as soon as we could (which if we had, which we didn't we would have definitely been trespassing). Might have just been because it was the 31st october just less than 12 hours before fishing season ended.

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The advised parking at the De Tabley Inn is no longer available, large boulders have been placed in front of the car park blocking access. There is some parking on the right ~1/2 mile up the hill towards the A59 or continue on to Ribchester, park in the playing field P&D carpark and walk through the village. With the added bonus of a choice of 3 pubs, 2 cafes and a shop to recharge those energy levels.

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chicklechives wrote: The advised parking at the De Tabley Inn is no longer available, large boulders have been placed in front of the car park blocking access. There is some parking on the right ~1/2 mile up the hill towards the A59 or continue on to Ribchester, park in the playing field P&D carpark and walk through the village. With the added bonus of a choice of 3 pubs, 2 cafes and a shop to recharge those energy levels.
I have an update to the guide to reflect this get-out change. I've altered the file, but it's not uploaded yet.
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Paddled this stretch this Saturday, one kayak, one open.

Level at Jumbles Rock was 0.57 online when we got on, 0.7 when we paddled past the gauge, and 0.84 online when we got off.
Level at Ribchester School (visual check at start and end, not online), was 0.5 when we got on, 0.9 when we got off.

We'd say this was a good medium flow with plenty water flowing over the rock ledges to make things interesting with very few bum scrapes.

The were lots of fishermen around Mitton. All were friendly.

The weir had death written all over it and was easily portaged river right (more difficult portage than river left, but less cows!)

Lunch was taken on a gravel beach river left after a small river wide surf wave near Mitton Church.

First reasonable rapid was under Mitton Road bridge and good for practicing eddying out etc.

Rapids at Jumbles Rock were bouncy and fun.

Rapid under Dinkley Footbridge was the 'hardest' with lots of interest waves, stoppers etc, plus a choice of surfwaves. Spent around 30 mins playing here.

Sale Wheel rapid was tame in comparison so must need more water to bring it up.

Lots of other grade 1 riffly rapids throughout the entire trip.

From Sale wheel to Ribchester was a hard slog in the open in the wind, and we ended up paddling it tandem towing the kayak.

Egress was onto Church Lane, Ribchester, with steps up to the road and parking for a voluntary donation in the church car park (other spaces dotted around too).

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An alternative egress is at Sale Wheal! A path leads up a hill to a car park. Not the easiest walk but probably no worse than getting up the bank at Ribchester. We needed a 'four man carry' for the canadians.

The guage at Jumbles was 0.33 and the river was a scrape, we probably would not do it that low again.

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Does anybody no of any issues on this section for the Ribble?

I have heard comments (via 2 or 3 sources so don't know how accurate they are)regarding fisher man issues and damage to cars.

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Myself and two friends tried to paddle the river from Helwith Bridge today and a chap who claimed to be the Fisheries Baliff with a dubious EA ID card came up to us as we were getting changed and said he'd just come from a meeting with the local fishermen. He told us there was no public right of way to the river and alluded to the idea that the river itself was privately owned. He also told us we would disrupt Salmon spawning beds if we paddled the river (it was running on a medium).

He threatened to report us if we got on the river, but seemed to be clutching at reasons for us to not get on and resorting to mild intimidation. Nevertheless, we moved on to another river to avoid any further hassle.

On further research after getting home, it appears it is currently Salmon spawning season, but I'm unsure if there's much chance of disturbing them by paddling a river at a reasonable level.

Any one got any comments or advice here?
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