(Etal Village to Twizel Village)


WHERE IS IT?: North Northumberland NR Berwick upon Tweed. Map.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Put in at Etal above broken weir Takeout Twizel Bridge on right hand side.

APPROX LENGTH: Main section between Etal and Twizel Bridge is 10 km.

TIME NEEDED: 2-3 hours.

ACCESS HASSLES: No problem except for homeowner at weir near end of trip (just paddle straight through the section and there should be no problems). Please watch for fishermen, give them plenty of room and we can all get along fine!

Andrew B (April 2004)...'Possible problem at Heatherslaw mill but between Etal and Twizel just a possible landowner.'

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: If the water is pouring over the high ledge at the weir in Etal it's paddleable, if the whole weir is pouring over it'll be a good fun trip.

GRADING: 2/ 3.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: water fall after about 1 1/2km can have a strong tow back in high water as can the vertical weir near end of trip.

Andrew B (April 2004)...'Broken weir at Etal but no problems, several reasonable drops en route and a large weir at about 7 km with a 2m drop...I went over just left of centre and it was fine and another broken weir shortly after. Can be viewed at river right or portaged here. Feb 2004, there is alarge fallen tree blocking most of the river at about 6km'

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Put on at the weir in Etal, the pool above is good for a warm up, the chute through the weir is good fun at most water levels with a nice little hole for blunts etc.. moving down river there are plenty of spots for river running skills. After 1 1/2km there's a small fall which is best shot on the right or left, and can have a strong tow back in high water. More play sections lead to a stopper at a broken weir just down from Twizel Farm, good fun in all water, but beware the exit we've seen a few paddles broken here. A flat section leads to the vertical weir, best shot in the middle (don't go down the step section on the right) this can have a strong tow back at low flows but shouldn't cause a problem to most, portage and inspect on river right if need be (see notes). Another flat section leads to Twizel Bridge and Journey's end, on river right just after the bridge. However for the more play orientated amongst us may want to drop just a little down stream to the small weir which has some great spots for spins, tailies, blunts and more. The car park is back up the river right path towards the road.

OTHER NOTES: There have been some arguments with the owner of the house at the vertical weir in the past, best option is to simply pass straight through the section and create as little noise as possible.

This is a good river for open boaters as well, portage of the vertical weir is on river right. For a full day trip in open boats continue on to Norham following the Tweed.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Neil Wilson, also Andrew B.



Community Forum Comments on this Article
No subject -- active4seasons
2008 Oct 10 07:23:45 AM
The water at the Etal wier is covering the beach but not going over the second shute so ok for lower section. Still lots of trees and the footbridge past the old mill 1km downstream of Etal village has come down and is under water so take care. Still a few dead sheep in the trees which I have reported and still lots of trees about.

Should be a good trip on Sun but take care and let us know what else is down there as I have not done the full trip since the floods.

No subject -- 58panel
2008 Oct 08 10:22:54 PM
Whats the levels and situation with the floods and the live stock, thinking of a trip up there on sunday.
No subject -- active4seasons
2008 Oct 01 05:55:16 PM
Currently there is plenty of water but also plenty of dead sheep along the route. I have reported these but unfortunately there were 180 sheep washed down the river during the recent floods (biggest in living memory)and not all have been cleared.

Not sure about the tree/wood situation as there were also loads of trees and fences washed into the river so take care.

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