GUIDE TO THE RIVER WENNING
(Clapham to Low Bentham)
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Various. Clapham, High Bentham, Low Bentham, Wennington
APPROX LENGTH: 9 km. Clapham - Low Bentham is the only section I've run.
TIME NEEDED: 2 hours.
ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Check out the Bridge at Low Bentham, if theres enough water to get under the bridge.
GRADING: 2 with some tricky weirs/ portages.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Weirs.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: A nice grade 2 run. No major difficulties or rapids. The main interest is the series of weirs which make up the white water interest. A number of small weirs offer good play potential, although these were of the wire basket full of stones variety, which were starting to break open, and could snag boats.
Towards Low Bentham there are two larger weirs. The first vertical weir could be nasty in high water. The second resembles Buckfastleigh weir on the lower Dart, angled on one side and stepped on the other. Can be shot either side.
The bridge at Low Bentham had trees obstructing one side when I paddled this (quite a few years ago) but apparently they often catch up there. The Bridge can be inspected on the way up to the top.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Simon Wiles, Whitewater Tourists.