GUIDE TO THE RIVER FEUGH

NAME OF RIVER: Feugh.

WHERE IS IT?: Reached from the B974 south of Banchory. Less than a mile outside banchory a road to the left takes you across the Feugh at the main falls. There is a carpark on the other side of the bridge. Generally people only paddle the section you can see from the bridge as the rest of the river is flat.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: From the car park walk up the left bank as far as you want. Alternatively you can drive a couple of miles to Stachan and put in at the bridge here. Takeout below the bridge and walk back up the riverbank to the bridge. Here you can scramble up the bank and jump over the low wall and fence onto the roadside.

APPROX LENGTH: 300 meters or 2 miles,

TIME NEEDED: Minutes to hours depending on water levels and size and ability of the group.

ACCESS HASSLES: Please be careful as you get out as you are basically tramping through the edge of someones garden. Be considerate and stick as close to the riverbank and the bridge as possible. Do not walk through the garden or past the house as this has caused problems in the past.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Looking over the bridge it should be fairly obvious as you can see the entire rapid. At low levels it will look boney and narrow. Most of the water will pass down the middle of the river over the ledge. At medium levels the right hand chute becomes paddleable and the main drop becomes a bit more gnarly. In high water the midstream rocks become mostly covered and the fall begins to become quite serious.

Pictures of the Feugh

GRADING: Grade 4.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Only what you see. There are no hidden obstacles or dangers although the main fall can become very retentive at higher water levels. Also the drop is deceptively somewhat bigger than it appears from the bridge.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: A couple of small rapids lead into the main fall which is easily inspected and protected at all but very high water levels.

OTHER NOTES: This is probably not worth the journey on its own but combined with a trip on the Dee or Dye can make for an interesting end to the day.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Kris Waring.

 

 

Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: RIVER FEUGH -- kmac
2012 Nov 11 12:41:18 PM
The lady had every right to be angry. The access here is being investigated as it is not very clear, hopefully something will come out of it and we'll all know what's best to not annoy the landowners again.
Re: RIVER FEUGH -- Kizzie_St-As
2012 Oct 19 11:30:55 AM
I feel I should clarify this. The "garden" is shown in this photo:

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Re: RIVER FEUGH -- LSmith4285
2012 Oct 15 08:37:40 PM
"kmac" wrote:
Paddled the falls yesterday and had a few access hassles.Getting on]

The last time I paddled these falls I got on river left up by following the road up and heading down the bank which didn't appear to be a garden, it just appears the be the verge off the road.



When we got off we got off river left and headed up under the bridge but that was probably considerably lower than yesterday. You could continue down to the Dee where you can find easier access points.



As Neil says, the lady has every right to be angry at you walking through her garden, I doubt many people would be best pleased.



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Re: RIVER FEUGH -- neil.farmer
2012 Oct 15 06:43:33 PM
To be fair, if it is someone's back garden they have a right to be annoyed! Are there alternative access/egress points within a reasonable paddle that can be used (avoiding gate?). If not, you should report this as an access issue via the SCA site or to the local access officer.
Re: RIVER FEUGH -- kmac
2012 Oct 15 08:09:54 AM
Paddled the falls yesterday and had a few access hassles.Getting on: We had to climb over a 5ft padlocked gate with metal spikes,surrounded by barbed wire - be careful!Getting off: We don't recommend sneaking through the 'garden' behind the bridge. The woman who lives there is not worth your hassle, she will make you go back to the river and paddle/scramble/swim downstream. She doesn't take apologies and will ruin your day. Get off further down and negotiate more barbed wire across some fields (mind the cows) towards a large gate, also covered in barbed wire!
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