GUIDE TO THE RIVER TAW
(GR 622926 to Sticklepath)
NAME OF RIVER: Taw.
WHERE IS IT?: North Dartmoor, flowing near Okehampton down to the A30. Map.PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: The river is accessed from the village of Belstone. Find somewhere appropriate to park on the narrow lanes and carry your boats up a track out of the village until you reach a sheep pen at GR 622926. You are now at the river but carrying up further is recommended; choose your start point.
The trip finishes at a weir (GR 637939) where there is parking up a quiet road outside Sticklepath. If you carry on into the village 500m below, it is hard to find a good takeout.
APPROX LENGTH: 3 km.
TIME NEEDED: Unknown.
ACCESS HASSLES: This has seen too few descents for any access problems to develop.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: This is only viable in spate.
Take a look at the river from the bridge in Sticklepath. The river is usually almost dry; you need to see it filling the banks at least.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Trees.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: An adventure in true Indiana Jones fashion.
The Taw is a small river with frequent small falls and technical rapids. It begins promisingly with steep drops in succession. However it is soon enveloped by trees which choke it from end to end. Expect to do a lot of ducking and weaving, and portages will be necessary. No fun at all compared to its near neighbour, the East Okement.
OTHER NOTES: Further up the hill is the way to go
If this is running, the nearby East Okement will be much better.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Mark Rainsley.