GUIDE TO MOUSE WATER
NAME OF RIVER: Mouse Water.
WHERE IS IT?: Near Lanark, Lanarkshire. It's a tributary of the Clyde.PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: The Mouse (pronounced "MOOSE") is a gem of a river which is paddled from the put in at NS905454. Actual access to the river is over some longish rough grass about 50 metres upstream from the bridge.
The get out is the stone bridge at NS868443, which from the river is the bridge after the very high road bridge you pass under.
APPROX LENGTH: 2.5 miles.
TIME NEEDED: It should take no longer than1 hour to run owing its speed.
ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: The River is a spate river only.
GRADING: Grades 3+ to 5.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: A fall which is rarely run, see below.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: From under the put-in bridge, there is a short sharp grade 3+ rapid so be ready for it. It is immediately followed by a deep slow moving pool - GET OOT HERE!! The next rapid is the Grade 5 (4+ in lower water) and certainly worth a good inspection or portage.
The river then speeds up and slows down and drops for about a mile. There is plenty to keep you busy and alert. Eventually you'll come upon another longer and steeper rapid. The rapid should be run in two steps. From the top, go from river right and work your way left to the biggish eddy half way down on the left. This eddy will allow you to inspect the remainder of the rapid which involves a ferry glide out to right of centre then running the bottom half working your way left once more to the pool at the bottom. Avoid at all costs the huge roosters tail on river right of the bottom half. Even at highish levels the whole rapid can be a bit scrapey because of the river widening quite significantly immediately before it. From then on the river poses no great problem - plenty of shortish grade 3 sections, play waves and stoppers.
Anyway. Just to add to the existing guide, be wary of trees, currently two portages and several limbo manouveres to be done (thankfully all on slower moving sections).
Took a pruning saw with us so the worst two 'limbo trees' now both have a tunnel cut through the overhanging branches to make for easier passage. Like all the over-looked Lanarkshire and Lothian rivers, good continous fun and ideal if you only have half a day to play.