GUIDE TO ENTERKIN BURN

NAME OF RIVER: Enterkin Burn.

WHERE IS IT?: Follow directions to the River Nith. See the Nith guide.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: You'll probably already be paddling the River Nith to get to this...see the Nith guide.

APPROX LENGTH: More down than forward...

TIME NEEDED: Seconds.

ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Unknown.

GRADING: Painful.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: All of it.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: You'll already be paddling the River Nith to get to this...see the Nith guide. This lurks on river left above the Nith gorge, 500 metres downstream of a looping spot and beside a play stopper. Don't even think about this if you value your boat or your bones. It falls a total of 30-35 ft in three sections, the main drop being 16 feet into a "plunge pool" of 2 inches. The get in is via a difficult climb up the fall into a small long tunnel under the A76. Launch from here if you are daft enough and take your chance on the route, trying to follow the trickle of water thus avoiding the worst of the main drop, although your speed and gravity will try and dictate otherwise. Has anyone else even noticed this trib? I have done it twice (the camera did not work the first time!!) and claim the first (19/4/98) and only other descent, unless YOU know different. A point of interest, for the second trip I went prepared, well padded boat, face guard, elbow pads, forearm pads etc. I thought chancing it a second time without was pushing my luck.

Pictures of Enterkin Burn

Andy Evans adds...'It is by a small looping spot and so was run in January '99 by Aran Littlefar from our group because...said in soft but broad Yorkshire, "It looked a lot more fun than playing in that wave, but bugger did that landing hurt." Worth it for the giggle factor!!'

OTHER NOTES: A tributary of the Nith, the River Crawick, is well worth the trip when you are in the area at medium-plus water levels.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Bob Evans, also Andy Evans (no relation). Ian Thom supplied the river's name!

 

 

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