GUIDE TO THE RIVER WARLEGGAN
(Trengoffe to Fowey confluence)
NAME OF RIVER: Warleggan.
WHERE IS IT?: South east Cornwall. Tributary of the River Fowey, Approx. 5 miles west of Liskeard, 1.5 miles west of Trago Mills. Map.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Put in just above the Trengoffe gauging station (20 (SX) 159 674) just south of Pantersbridge). Taking out at New bridge on the River Fowey (Two Waters Foot to Bodmin Parkway Station section).
APPROX LENGTH: The Warleggan is approx. 2.5 km in distance but with the section of the Fowey added on it's roughly 5 km in total.
TIME NEEDED: 45 minutes - 1 hour.
ACCESS HASSLES: The river is rarely paddled but is often fished at the lower stretches.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: There is a gauge on the weir below Pantersbridge at the get in. 4 would be a bit of a scrape but 5 upwards would be good to go. Anywhere above 7 trees would become a serious problem.
GRADING: Mostly grade two which can be read from your boat. Some small tight technical drops which would probably warrant a grade 3 rating. Don’t underestimate the speed of the river for the low grade.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Low hanging branches are a problem most of the way and at time of writing there are only two trees of note which with care can be passed without having to get out of your boat.
There is a barbed wire fence across the river not long after you pass a house on river left which requires portage on river left.
There are a couple of small weirs which are all easily readable and good to go at the required levels needed for this section.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The river ranges from 2 - 4 metres in width for most of its length. From the get in, the weir is best taken on river left. Straight away low hanging branches become a bit of a nuisance and you need to keep a good look out for what is well ahead and what is right in front of you.
The river is continuous and doesn’t have many secure eddies. It is like this most of the way which makes a rapid by rapid description nearly impossible. There is one barbed wire fence next to a low bank on river left where cattle drink which will need a portage on river left. The river then flows past some fishing huts and a few well placed rocks by the fisherman create a couple of nice small play holes before it flows out into a hopefully swollen River Fowey. It is however a great run which is typical of a small Cornish tributary. Worth doing once if you have the right conditions and fancy a new challenge on Bodmin Moor.
OTHER NOTES: Consider running 200 metres or so up the bank from the get in for a couple of extra small rapids. This is quite a challenging river for the grade and is a typical Cornish tree ditch. Above this section I think there are a few more kilometres of good paddling to be had.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Dan King.