Stay safe and keep clear of the weir at Riding Mill

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Stay safe and keep clear of the weir at Riding Mill

Post by Water Safety » Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:10 am

There have been a number of fatalities around Riding Mill, near Corbridge, in recent years and we want to strongly advise all river users to keep clear of the weir at the pumping station. The link to the leaflet on our website is https://www.nwl.co.uk/_assets/documents ... _Mill2.pdf

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Re: Stay safe and keep clear of the weir at Riding Mill

Post by Hakase » Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:06 pm

Water Safety wrote:There have been a number of fatalities around Riding Mill, near Corbridge, in recent years and we want to strongly advise all river users to keep clear of the weir at the pumping station. The link to the leaflet on our website is https://www.nwl.co.uk/_assets/documents ... _Mill2.pdf
'The force of the churning water beneath some weirs can weigh as much as one tonne (about the weight
of a small car) per cubic metre'

A force doesn't weigh anything. Weight is a force.

One tonne per cubic metre is literally just the density of water. Any cubic metre of water -- whether it's in a weir or a lake or a swimming pool -- weighs one tonne.

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Re: Stay safe and keep clear of the weir at Riding Mill

Post by paddletastic2 » Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:13 pm

Watersafety thanks for a helpful post on safety but your information leaflet is misleading it says:

"Canoeing

The Tyne catchment is one of the best venues for canoeing and kayaking in the UK. There is a mixture of flat flowing water (grade 2) and more challenging water (up to grade 4).

There are many stretches available to paddle in.

The River Tyne, North Tyne, South Tyne, River Allen, Devils Water and other stretches are subject to The Tyne Access Agreement between the British Canoe Union and The Tyne Riparian Owners and Occupiers Association.

Summary of Tyne Access Agreement
•1st November – 31st January No restriction on canoeing as long as usual access/egress points are used.
•1st February – mid-summer Paddling in high water conditions allowed. Discretion is required when anglers are encountered. Generally, the earlier in the year, the higher up the system and the higher the water levels, the less conflict.
•Mid-summer – 31st August Canoeing in spate conditions only. Usually at this time of year, the water levels are too low for paddling.
•1st September – 31st October No canoeing at all. (Exceptions are: Tyne Green, Hexham and within the boundaries of the Countryside Park at Prudhoe. Both are subject to separate council agreements.)"

Which is I believe wrong! The BCU no longer endorse access agreements!

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Re: Stay safe and keep clear of the weir at Riding Mill

Post by secondtimer » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:29 am

Before we all get too clever here let's remember three men died on this weir in 2014. They didn't have years of paddling experience to guide them. Let's welcome an initiative that publicises the risk in a way that's meaningful to many people. That's what the coroner suggested, after all.

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Re: Stay safe and keep clear of the weir at Riding Mill

Post by paddletastic2 » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:49 am

secondtimer wrote:Before we all get too clever here let's remember three men died on this weir in 2014. They didn't have years of paddling experience to guide them. Let's welcome an initiative that publicises the risk in a way that's meaningful to many people. That's what the coroner suggested, after all.
I don't dispute the intent to make people aware of danger. However the access points they make are wholly inaccurate and misleading.

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Re: Stay safe and keep clear of the weir at Riding Mill

Post by secondtimer » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:27 am

As someone who lives and paddles in the area, I can say with some confidence that the information on access is not wrong. Local paddlers tend to stick to the access agreement whether the BCU endorses it or not. Anyone coming to the area should be aware of the agreement; no-one can make them follow it.

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