GUIDE TO THE RIVER DOVE
(Mayfield to Norbury)
NAME OF RIVER: Dove
WHERE IS IT?: Staffordshire, Ashburton near Alton Towers.
PUT-IN'S/TAKE-OUT'S: Mayfield (SK157455) follow PROW directly opposite a pretty house in the cliff. Walk a short distance below the weir and enter into an old mill tailrace channel that quickly rejoins the main river. Norbury road bridge (SK119423) best egress is river right just below road bridge, natural beach, and eddy it looks like it is regularly used by dog walkers - join PROW and cross to road. If challenged continue downstream for 200m and egress directly onto to PROW river right and walk back to the road - there is no law against taking your kayak for a walk.
APPROX LENGTH: 6km
TIME NEEDED: 2 hours
ACCESS HASSLES: British Canoing's stated policy of 365-day agreements unless proven environmental reasons prevent paddling.
I am sure some will object.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Unknown.
GRADING: Grades 1 and 2 - with weirs
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: x4 Weirs and x2 sets of old bridge supports from former railway upstream of Norbury about 500m apart.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Meandering and easy with the occasional weir. Small rapids from time to time.
All weirs should and can be inspected.
Norbury weir has a fish pass now with a bend in it, with an inspection to checks it is clear and some skill it is possible to shoot this in the kayak. There is a fish friendly hydro river right at Norbury weir also. Be aware of getting drawn against the intake screen when running. If in doubt it is possible to egress onto the island between weir fish pass and hydro and portage straight down this island.
OTHER NOTES: Next section is Norbury to Marchington Lane end.