GUIDE TO LITTLE EGGLESHOPE BECK
NAME OF RIVER: Little Eggleshope Beck.
WHERE IS IT?:Teesdale, It feeds Egglestone Burn which in turn is a tributary of the Tees.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Follow B 6278 out of Eggleston, Egglestone Burn comes into view on your left, continue to where minor road crosses Egglestone Burn, this is the suggested get in for Egglestone Burn and the end of Little Eggleshope Beck. Continue upstream to the get in, the road follows the beck for about 1 km, after this the beck leaves the road, NY994306. Get in here or walk up further.
LENGTH: 1 km.
TIME: 10 minutes (there are no eddies!).
WATER LEVELS: Very much a spate run,needs lots of recent rain and it needs to be bank full to make it worthwhile.
GRADING: Grade 3.
MAJOR HAZARDS: None.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This is a true ditch, fairly steep, very narrow, and loads of fun. It scarcely gets any wider than a boat's width all the way down with no eddies. There are a few tight bends and minor rapids to keep you interested.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Bob Evans.
He's right that there's a shortage of eddies - and rarely is the beck wide enough to actually break out into what slack water there is. This is a pity, as the gamekeeper has put two logs across with carnivore traps on top, to reduce predation on the grouse. Whether these are effective at catching weasels, mink, stoats and so on, I've no idea (I've never seen anything trapped in one) but they are very effective traps for canoeists who come round a corner to see one ahead with nothing remotely resembling an eddy. The second one today could *just* be snuck under (as long as you didn't leave your paddle caught on it, as I did).
If paddling in snowmelt, be aware that it's very exposed to the elements, so cold water + wind makes for very cold extremities. OTOH it's rarely deep enough to swim if you do bale out, and it's never far from the road.
On the bright side, there are no stock fences and no trees to fall in anywhere.