GUIDE TO THE RIVER EAMONT

(Ullswater to Brougham Castle)

NAME OF RIVER: Eamont.

WHERE IS IT?: It flows out of Ullswater lake in the NE Lake District towards Penrith. It empties into the Eden eventually.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Access is from the car park near Warefoot on the B5320 river left (469244). We parked in a pub car park a little way South of the river.

Egress at Eamont Bridge near Penrith. Or take out 2 km downstream at Brougham Castle, river right immediately after the large bridge before passing under the A66 (537292). There's a parking area just before this bridge. This is where the river meets the Lowther and becomes the Eden.

APPROX LENGTH: 12 km.

TIME NEEDED: 2-3 hours.

ACCESS HASSLES: You are supposed to contact the Eamont estate to ask for access, there wasn't a problem but they did want a small fee.

Charles A. Stewart, BCU River Advisor for the Eamont and Ullswater Valley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (November 04)...'NO PADDLING DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER!

Anyone wishing to paddle the river Eamont should in the first instance contact Dalemain Estate office, (01768) 86450.

If you wish to access/ egess at Brougham Castle then you should call in and see M John Slack at Brougham Hall Farm as it is his field you are crossing to get to the river. His phone number : - (01768) 862123. There has never been a problem with this in my time as River Advisor, a little politeness goes along way.

If you wish to paddle Brougham Castle to Langwathby you will need to talk to Clarke Scott Harden, (01931)712392, in addition to the numbers above.'

Marta Bakinowska, Administrator Estate Manager, Dalemain Estates, 017684 86450 http://www.dalemain.com (Nov 2004...'Was just wanting to say that Dalemain Estates deals with access to the River Eamont and there is NO ACCESS in November due to salmon spawning. We've been experiencing lots of probs over the last couple of weeks and people are quoting your website. Would appreciate it if you could add something about this on!'

Ingrid Matthews (Oct 2004)...'From Eamont bridge down to Brougham the access is through Mr Slack of Brougham Castle farm (01768 862123). The place suggested for inspecting the caravan park weir (on the left bank) is a SSSI for Natterjack toads and very sensitive - you should avoid getting out on that side. Definitely no canoeing during November IS the agreement (likely to be shot at by duck shooters!)'.

Howie family, May 2004...'The gamekeeper, Des, drove over a field to speak to us as we stopped for a coffee after the second weir. He was very pleasant, and explained that Dalemain Estates (tel. 017684 86450) should be contacted before an expedition, mainly because the river is very popular with fishermen, and they have a number of fly fishing competitions throughout the year. We agreed wholeheartedly with him that we would want to avoid a day when there were 30+ fanatical fishermen on the river, competing! He also explained the local agreement that canoeists shout to fishermen as they approach: this is because of a nasty incident several years back when a canoeist was hit by the hook as it was flung. On the whole, though, he was very positive about canoeists enjoying the river and I got the impression a quick phonecall is a good idea: you are unlikely to get a negative response unless there is a fishing competition taking place (On this occasion, we only saw one fisherman, and he had complained to Des).'

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Being lake fed it is likely to stay up.

Charles A. Stewart, (November 04)...'Yes it is lake fed but it is generally a shalow river unless the lake is "up". A good indicator is looking upstream as you cross the bridge at Eamont Bridge, if there is a conspicuous rock it's "bump srcape" If the rock is not obvious then it's paddleable.'

Howie family, May 2004...'At the car park river left at Pooley Bridge is above knee depth, then the river goes, albeit with a few scrapes in places. Although not overly deep,
we found it satisfyingly fast flowing throughout.'

GRADING: The river is no more than grade 2.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Weirs. Several large tree falls which block some of the water going over the weirs.

Steve Howie, July 2004...'The first weir has a "closed" stopper in high water, so it needs viewing. You can easily portage on the left hand (West) bank.'

Richard adds (Nov '01)...'In spate it is not a bad run, but always keep a look out for barbed wire etc, especially at the broken down weir by the fish farm. The weir below Eamont Bridge is okay in spate as long as you approach with attitude, otherwise you fall off the edge and end up bouncing around amongst a whole lot of rocky stuff. Guess which way I did it.........!'

Howie family, May 2004...'The last weir (at the caravan site) is, um, "interesting" and should definitely be viewed from the bank (river left) beforehand.'

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Good steady moving water, with several stops on the route for some gentle play-boating.

Plenty of weirs along this trip. There was a small but entertaining play wave on the first weir. Towards Eamont bridge there is a weir near a caravan site. It is a big weir. The route is down the left hand side. I don't know what this weir would bee doing with the river in spate!

An enjoyable run but not spectacular white water.

OTHER NOTES: Other paddlers with us that day, who are also open boaters, said it would be a good open boat river. Also, in the Northern lakes, try the Greta (grade 3) if there has been enough rain and the Brathay (grade 2/3) in the central lakes.

Nothing too furious on this trip but we did portage the vertical weir (the one with a fish ladder on). Looking back we could have paddled the fish ladder or the weir but it has been a while..! Comments about barbed wire were noted but there were.

Howie family, May 2004...'A lovely trip, highly recommended.'

Also read this report...

Pictures of the Eamont

CONTRIBUTED BY: Simon Carver, also Andy Weeks, Ingrid Matthews, Marta Bakinowska, Charles A. Stewart, the Howie family and Richard.

 

 

Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: RIVER EAMONT (Ullswater to Brougham Castle) -- 06kinman
2016 Jul 20 04:57:50 PM
Paddled this route on 14/07/16, with no access issues at all. Spoke to John Slack on the number above and he advised getting out before Eamont Bridge as it is closed due to 'Imminent Collapse', could not get hold of the Dalemain estate so went ahead regardless.

A bit scrapey in parts. There is a weir near the end, that is around a direct drop that we had to portage through some very obvious private land, after speaking with the owner of the restaurant/cafe nearby they were ok wit it and we moved on - this would probably be a goer in higher water.

A good easy flatwater paddle done in low water - would be a bit more interesting after a bit of rain no doubt
Re: RIVER EAMONT (Ullswater to Brougham Castle) -- callwild
2013 Sep 16 05:17:56 AM
Dan, just wandering who you say best to contact before paddling, The Dalemain estate or The people at the weir?



If its Dalemain Estate I think you have given good reason to NOT contact them !!
Re: RIVER EAMONT (Ullswater to Brougham Castle) -- DanJ
2013 Sep 10 05:31:00 PM
Hi folks just to say I paddled the Eamont over the August 2013 Bank Holiday. I am not sure why I did but I called the Dalemain estate to say I was padling the river and when asked gave my number. They were happy for me to paddle but a few days later called me back requesting a fee of £10!On a happier note I think it weas the third weir we came to we had to line the boats down and walk on the bank on river right. This involved us walking in the grounds of Jubilee House - a fire fighters beneavolent / rehab centere. THey were really friendly to us and had no problem with this. I would urge that folks maybe make contact in advance of accessing...
Re: RIVER EAMONT (Ullswater to Brougham Castle) -- KDMS
2011 Nov 23 10:12:25 PM
I love this river. Best in canoe as there is a fair bit of flat. Can hold its water for around a week after a good dump of rain. I paddled it the day before the incident that was mentioned previous (the highest I have seen it) and, although challenging, a careful approach, even with novices, will see you home same. The last weir is advised to paddle right of centre in High water though this can not be paddled in low water and the main channel river left is a fun option.



I have taken novice river paddlers down this river several times. It is a great introduction to river running in canoe, solo or tandem. There are several waves that will hold a canoe if you fancy a little surf.



This is one of my favourite river in the area. An absolute gem on my door step!!!
Re: RIVER EAMONT (Ullswater to Brougham Castle) -- ruralweb
2011 Oct 23 04:08:48 PM
A notice was placed in the local papers this weekend by the River Eamont Landowners Association stating that legal action will be taken against anyone navigating the river Eamont without the permission of Dalemain Estate office.



Paddled the river again this week with no problems at all - there was also a group of about 20 Army Cadets on the water.
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