River Tamar - Greystone Quarry to Horsebridge

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River Tamar - Greystone Quarry to Horsebridge

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Tamar - Gunnislake EA gauge

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Can anyone tell me at what range on the gauge that Horsebridge to Gunnislake would be a suitable club paddle? Current level is 0.91m, well within the green section. I am looking to organise a club paddle this Sunday and not paddled it for years.

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Re: Tamar - Gunnislake EA gauge

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not sure on the ea level but if the water is closes to the steep at the get out it will be fine just one more coffin wire has been rebuilt over this year i dont kown what is like to paddle but i will defo need a look at have fun
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Re: River Tamar - Greystone Quarry to Horsebridge

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Is this section paddleable in the summer? Any clues on the access agreement situation?
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Re: River Tamar - Greystone Quarry to Horsebridge

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Generally too dry in summer - it certainly will be right now.

There is no legal necessity for an access 'agreement'. Paddle sensibly and enjoy.
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Re: River Tamar - Greystone Quarry to Horsebridge

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I paddled this stretch last summer with my son and daughter in law. We were challenged about the legality of our paddling the river by a bailiff or gamekeeper who was on the Devon bank. Also, while my wife was waiting in the car at the designated egress point at Horsebridge she was challenged by a local who said that she shouldn't be there and there was no access along that side of the river.
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Re: River Tamar - Greystone Quarry to Horsebridge

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Access - I have paddled the river a few times over the past couple of year's each time the number of anti-paddle sport signs attached to posts and trees increases. The banks and riverbed on both sides below Greystone Bridge are owned by fishing orientated land owners who will not give permission for launching or recovery (the field above the bridge next the the EA gauge are more friendly). We've been chased down the bank by the gamekeepers threatening us with legal action for trespass, this was out of fishing season too while they've been cutting trees down on the banks.
It's worth noting the usual get out at Horsebridge is now off limits as you won't have permission to cross the field to the road. The new landowner owns both sides of the Cornish and Devon sides of the bridge and is building a private fishing and hunting estate. Shame as this effectively removes a legal way of accessing a good touring river.
Navigation - At time of writing, river right, level with Bridge Farm (near Horsebridge) the large tree stuck in the middle of the river has been joined by a very large tree trunk that has blocked this side of the channel. Lots of nasty branches hanging into the water creating a strainer, keep left if passing.
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