SWALE (Catterick to Ure Confluence)

North of the Trent drainage, flowing to the North Sea
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SWALE (Catterick to Ure Confluence)

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Done any NE/NW rivers not on the site? PM me!

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Hi, is a waterways license required to paddle this route? Thanks Rudi.

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Paddled from Catterick Bridge to Morton-on-Swale in kayaks yesterday at EA level 57cm. Very scenic and peaceful trip, well worth doing. The river is so fast flowing that we more or less drifted the 12 miles in 3.5 hours. Unloaded in the far left corner of the racecourse overflow car park and put in under the railway bridge; very convenient and no hassle. Took out on the right in the big eddy just below Morton bridge, the steep bank leads to a gate directly at the side of the lay-bay. The river level was just high enough to avoid grounding, but at the bigger gravel banks we had to use the narrow flow at the sides which tends to go through overhanging branches or into fallen trees. Definitely not for beginners and difficult for longer boats/opens.

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Paddled the section from Catterick Bridge to Great Langton (6 miles, exit river left immediately below the first bridge you come to) last week. There are quite a few trees down in the river, but all were navigable in the levels we had, although may cause problems in faster flows.

Park at the overflow carpark for the racetrack at 227 992 (heading south over Catterick Bridge immediately turn right and it's on your right after 100m or so. Access the water from under the metal bridge a coupe of hundred metres upstream of the stone roadbridge.

Do not bother attempting this if the EA gauge reads less than about 0.45m (it was 0.37m when we did it and we reckon it really needs at least 6 inches more!). 0.5m will probably guarantee enough water.

Lots of wildlife, and we only saw 1 person in the whole time on the water, and has a remote feeling to it.

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Post by Mal8985 »


Looking to do this as our first family trip with a little wild camping : any advice other than the above welcome.

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