GUIDE TO THE RIVER TEES
(Below Low Force)
NAME OF RIVER: Tees.
WHERE IS IT?: In Teesdale!
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: This is only worth doing tacked onto the section from High Force. Use steps just down from High Force path easiest to pay to get on water if you want to avoid a fuss (baliff may get you!) but do not pay car park fee for more than one shuttle car.
Take out on river left when you see the footbridge (NY910273) and walk along the footpath back to Newbiggin where parking can be found in the lay-bys.
APPROX LENGTH: 1km extra to the above section.
TIME NEEDED: Add up to half hour to the previous section.
ACCESS HASSLES: The access for this section is controlled by the Raby Estate. You have to pay around 3 to the High Force Hotel to be "allowed" on the river - which is a small price to pay for a quality section.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: If you bum scraped the top section, do not do, get off at Low Force.
GRADING: 2 if at bum scrape level, but 3/3+ in medium/high water.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Sticky hole below the first rapid.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: One 3-4 foot diagonal fall 500 yards after Low Force. Run left with a boof.
A couple of other grade 3 rapids, one of which may tail-squirt the unwarey.
Flushiemere Beck joins just below this stretch.
OTHER NOTES: This isn't worth doing on its own, but a useful addition to the above section for a longer trip. Also consider carrying on down for the next section for a longer trip.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Richie, Durham Pirates and Jim Pullen.