GUIDE TO THE RIVER NITH

(Mennock to Glen Airlie Picnic Site)

NAME OF RIVER: Nith.

WHERE IS IT?: South west Scotland, between Sanquar and Thornhill on the A 76..

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: The put-in is about 4 km north of the picnic site, just past a wee hamlet called Mennock. Drive through Mennock then turn first left crossing over the Nith, put-in at this bridge.

finish at the Glen Airlie picnic site off the A76. Or carry on downstream.

APPROX LENGTH: 4 km.

TIME NEEDED: 1 hour?

ACCESS HASSLES: Unknown, however Sunday paddling throughout the year seems trouble free.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Looks bony? Don't get on.

GRADING: Grade 2 (3).

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Unknown.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: It is mainly a grade 2 section, with one grade 3 rapid about half-way down. This is for low water, however, as with the rest of the Nith, I guess it would start to wash out in higher flows.

OTHER NOTES: I know people from Edinburgh Kayak Club have done this as a combined trip with the lower section, although this would be a very long day.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Ian Thom.

 

 

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