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GUIDE TO THE RIVER DERWENT

(Seathwaite to Derwentwater)

NAME OF RIVER: Derwent.

WHERE IS IT?: Borrowdale, Lake District. Map.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: At a very high level access at Mountain View (NY250137) or even Seathwaite (ask permission at the farm).

At a high level access on Stonethwaite Beck at Rosthwaite Bridge (NY257151).

Access is usually possible at Grange Bridge (NY254174) and near the Bowderstone (parking at Bowderstone car park), in summer this area is often congested.

Access at Hollows Farm campsite for residents.

Kettlewell car park on Derwentwater ( NY267195) is a useful point of egress (avoid parking trailers here as in the past this has led to the erection of a height barrier).

APPROX LENGTH: 8 km from Mountain View to Derwentwater.

TIME NEEDED: Unknown.

ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown, other sections of the river benefit from the excellent 365 day access arrangement for the Greta and Middle Derwent. Contact Steve Lenartowicz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the BCU River Advisor for more info.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Needs rain.

GRADING: Grade 2.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Trees, possibly fences.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: There is a grade II+ rapid by the Longthwaite Youth Hostel.

OTHER NOTES: Further up the valley is Langstrath Beck. The Derwent can be paddled below Derwentwater.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Steve Lenartowicz.