GUIDE TO THE RIVER LEAM
(Leam Boat Centre to Rock Mill Weir)
NAME OF RIVER: River Leam.
WHERE IS IT?: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: You can get in at the Leam Boat Centre maybe a bit longer depending on what boat you're paddling, going this way you will go down 2 weirs before you get to Rock Mill Weir on the River Avon and then paddle back as well which makes the paddle into a day out.
APPROX LENGTH: 3 km.
TIME NEEDED: About an hour there (another hour for the return trip).
ACCESS HASSLES: No problems encountered at all.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Check the weir near the Leam Boat Centre, you can quite easily tell if the river is flowing fast and if the water is high by looking at that weir. Like most rivers when the water is big the more fun you will have.
GRADING: Nothing more than 2.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: The weirs.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The River Leam is quite a slow moving river and because of the canal overflow, not the nicest colour(!) but the scenery is nice going through two different parks, then going into a more secluded part of the river where it can become quite weedy not a problem for kayakers though. When you reach the Avon, head several hundred metres upstream to reach Rock Mill Weir.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Hadyn Kaufman.