RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

North of the Severn drainage, west of the Pennines
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RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by Mark R » Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:07 pm

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Re: RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by Pete K » Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:03 pm

On the 17th Jan we did this section at high levels. This was the 1st time on this stretch and we lost about half an hour trying to find the outlet of the river from Derwent Water as everything was flooded. The caravan site was just a load of electric hookups sticking out of the water and the dog poo bins were in the water.
Once we found the outlet we quickly encountered a total blockage with poor bank access. Some of our canoes were dragged over and we were able to create a small hole with saws. In lower levels this may be a trickier blockage as it was a multi trunked tree.

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Re: RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by rccarr » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:48 pm

To all river users of the River Derwent at Portinscale,

The Environment Agency is currently undertaking preparatory works to carry out maintenance to the gauging station at Portinscale Weir on the River Derwent. We don’t expect these works to have a significant impact on river users, however there will some constriction within the channel while works are going on.

The proposed works include bank repairs to both sides of the channel and to the weir at Portinscale. We expect works to last around 7 to 8 weeks and plan to start on week commencing 16 June. During this work we will be damming off small sections of each bank to the river. We will not be blocking flow or access to the river however in the area around the weir, the river will be constrained.

Please do not use these dams as stopping or access points. If you do become aware of any issues such as damage to one of these dams such as slippage or a breach due to an impact, please report this to our incident hotline as soon as possible so that the appropriate mitigation measure can be put in place to protect river users safety as well as avoid any environmental damage to the surrounding habitats. The 24 hour phone number is: 0800 80 70 60.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these works, please contact me at robert.carr1@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Robert Carr - Environment Agency Project Manager

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Re: RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by honeymonster » Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:33 pm

Does anyone know what the red lines on the EA gauges equate to on the EA rivers website?

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Re: RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by pmorton64 » Sun May 31, 2015 12:18 pm

For info the Peel Whyke GR is NY 203308, as shown on the access agreement

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Re: RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by Dunmail » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:59 am

Passed through on 19th June with river at low levels.

The floods last year have created a number of significant hazards with the main flow passing through fallen trees and at least one wire fence. All can be easily portaged.

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Re: RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by jamiemagee » Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:23 pm

Anything that might cause issues at higher levels?

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Re: RIVER DERWENT (Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake)

Post by Dunmail » Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:48 pm

There's nothing running completely across the channel, but at low water shingle banks in midstream are forcing the flow into chutes nearer the banks. I expect that when there is some water in the river the shingle banks will be covered and you'd be able to float down the middle of the river.

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