RIVER WYRE

NAME OF RIVER: Wyre

WHERE IS IT?: Forrest of Bowland, between Abbeystead and Dolphinholme.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Put in below the dam at Abbeystead reservoir. Park in Abbeystead and walk 1km down to the dam. A more sensible option would be to paddle the Tarnbrook Wyre into the reservoir. Take out in Lower Dolphinholme just after the bridge, there is a sewage works on river right. Easy egress can be made here and the footpath returns to the road. There is another bridge 2km further at Street Bridge.

APPROX LENGTH: 6km

TIME NEEDED: 1.5 hours

ACCESS HASSLES: We had no problem with access.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Needs rain. In Lower Dolphinholme the river should be in the grass on river right when looking downstream from the bridge. 0.4m on the EA gauge at Abbeystead reservoir equates to a medium level.

GRADING: 2/3

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Trees and a barbed wire fence.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Fairly continuous grade 2/3. No rapids of note.

OTHER NOTES: The Wyre appears on P305 of Stuart Millers Whitewater Lake District guidebook.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Dave Goadby.

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