GUIDE TO THE CANDER WATER
NAME OF RIVER: Cander Water
WHERE IS IT? It's shown in the SCA guide books as a possible alternative start to the grade 4 section of the Lanarkshire River Avon.
As you drive into Stonehouse from Larkhall you pass over the river. looking down from the bridge it looks great, but read on...
PUT INS/ TAKE OUTS: As the SCA Guide book pp. 321
APPROX LENGTH: 1 km
TIME NEEDED: One hour
ACCESS SITUATION: No problems
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Needs to be high, but not too high
POTENTIAL HAZARDS: Cars, trees, something like 25% of the fluid in the river/ditch is the outfall from a sewage works. We did it when it was a bit of a scrape and needed one portage, with any real flows the trees would be a big problem.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Without the trees and the sewage this would be a nice grade 3/4. In some places it's just ditch wide then it widens out but is then only an inch or so deep.
OTHER NOTES: For 20 years I've wondered about this river, it's in the SCA guide book but the author admits that like the rest of us he's just looked over the bridge. This the river version of the film "Plan 9 from outer space": it's so bad it's almost good. Really give it a miss, wouldn't write it up except it's in the guide book. Any others done it?
CONTRIBUTED BY: Robin Cole