GUIDE TO DANE'S BROOK
(Hawkridge Plain to Barle Confluence)
NAME OF RIVER: Dane's Brook.
WHERE IS IT?: Exmoor, North Devon. Small tributary of the Barle.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: We put in on the road at Hawkridge Plain SS819322. Take out on the Barle at Dulverton SS 912277.
APPROX LENGTH: 8 km.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: At the bridge below Hawkridge there was a very small surf wave, this is the only guide I can give you to the levels I'm afraid. We paddled the Lyn the day before and all the rocks and island were covered at Lynmouth as they were this day.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Sheep fences.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The brook is barely wide enough to float a boat at the start, but it picks up quickly with a few small rapids along the way to keep your interest, though it never gets above Grade 2.
Watch out for a number of sheep fences which could all be sneaked under and it became a bit of a mission among us to not make a portage.
The section below the bridge near Hollowcombe flows through woods and has considerably more volume and would go at a slightly lower level, occasional small rapids but oddly no tree portages. We took out at the bridge above Dulverton.
OTHER NOTES: Its worth doing once...quite a bleak, forbidding but beautiful little valley in these conditions.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Nick McDonald.