River Stour - Sturminster Newton to Blandford

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River Stour - Sturminster Newton to Blandford

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Re: DORSET RIVER STOUR (Sturminster Newton to Blandford)

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Does anyone know if the double 1.5m diagonal step weir at Durweston, N of Blandford goes? Seems missing from the summary...
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Re: DORSET RIVER STOUR (Sturminster Newton to Blandford)

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Please note that the bridge immediately after STURMINSTER NEWTON MILL WEIR is currently being rebuilt and there are extensive boarding, scaffolding and work on RL. (1st May 2011)

Please take extra care or put in below the bridge.
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Re: DORSET RIVER STOUR (Sturminster Newton to Blandford)

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The annual Stour Raft Race takes place on 29th May 2011. Probably best to avoid the river for that day unless you are directly involved in the event.

There is a new trailway from Stur to Stourpaine (ending, conveniently at the White Hores pub and shop) for non-paddlers. Ideal for runs, walks and rides and follows the river quite closely in places. Photo opportuniteis at Stour bank S of Shillingston, Stourpaine Bridge, Durweston Mill bridge.
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Re: River Stour - Sturminster Newton to Blandford

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I had a paddle from Bryanston to the weir at Stourpaine and back today.

Unfortunately, I was told by a Blandford Angling Club bailiff (?) that I needed permission from landowners and that I was trespassing. Can anyone comment on this? Some years ago I had a similar incident, and contacted Bournemouth and West Hants Water Co to ask for clarification: I posted the reply on this forum (Dorset Stour section), including the wording '... You do not need permission to travel on the Stour where it is navigable .... The river itself is a public right of way .....'

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Re: River Stour - Sturminster Newton to Blandford

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Would not recommend to paddle in the summer (0.17m at River Stour at Hammoon gauge) though I would not expect it to be very pleasant until the river levels are a lot higher.

Much of the river before Shillingstone was barely navigatable with river-wide sections of reeds that had to be fought through.

One unpleasant fisherman who said we had no right to paddle the river and one landowner who was just removing the "access permitted for kayakers" sign just above Shillington as the very easy access and grade 1 river is "a safety concern"!

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Re: River Stour - Sturminster Newton to Blandford

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Yes it's rubbish this time of year and we shouldn't be kayaking at low low levels in breeding season. There have been recent bad reports about kayakers chasing swans out of territory resulting in death. The Bryanston section is viable, just, with permission from the school but again, be mindful of wildlife and the water weed is EXTENSIVE and you would NOT wanna go under in it.
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