GUIDE TO THE RIVER WEAR
(Finchale Priory to Chester-le-Street)
NAME OF RIVER: River Wear.
WHERE IS IT?: Durham, just North of...
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Launch at Finchale Priory NZ 297 473.
Take out at Chester New Bridge, Chester-le-Street NZ 285 523.
APPROX LENGTH: 12 km.
TIME NEEDED: 2.5 hours.
ACCESS HASSLES: Land owners have put signs up stating no canoes, but once you reach these there is no easy way back. We received some abuse from fishermen and I have also heard of shot guns being fired into the water in front of canoeists.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS:The number for Rivercall North East is 09066197722, which gives three gauge readings for the Wear.
GRADING: Flat water.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: None.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: We found this a long slow drag with no features. Touring boats may enjoy the scenery, but we found it long, flat and hard work.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Redwatch River Runners Carl, Andy Rob (Nov 2005).