GUIDE TO THE RIVER TWEED
(Peebles to Peel)
WHERE IS IT?: Southern Uplands.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Start in the town of Peebles NT 2504 4029.
Get out at Peel, just off the A707 Peebles to Selkirk Rd. Just after the A707 forks from the A72 there is a minor road over a bridge on the right. About 50 m beyond a car-park on the left, a small track leads down to the river by a small water treatment site (look disused - no nasties!). Grid ref Sheet 73 NT433352 Alternatively any of the laybys on the A72 close to the river can be used.
Another possibility is to continue downstream onto the short section down to Fairnilee rapids.
APPROX LENGTH: 15 miles.
TIME NEEDED: Unknown.
ACCESS HASSLES: See the SCA Access notes on Scotland.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Unknown.
GRADING: Grade 1 with weirs.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Weirs.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: In this section, there is a weir in Peebles, and another after about 10 miles.
Adrian Aderyn ...'We paddled between Peebles and Coldstream, 50 miles. Took 2 1/2 days (2 in open canoe. Fit, but both novices). Scottish 'Right to Roam' accepted by almost all we met. Fishermen can pay enormous sums for a days fishing but are generally friendly enough if you acknowledge them and ask which side to paddle if they are in the middle of the river (Almost always BEHIND them). Not all weirs marked on the OS map, so use your ears! The river is generally fast-flowing (3-4 knots/ 4-5 mph) with occasional artifical salmon 'pools' where the water is still and is usually followed by a weir. Some rapids are unsuitable for (novice) open canoeists - a little porterage required. This was our first serious river trip, so difficult to judge against others, but we enjoyed the solitude (only craft on the river apart from the occasional fisherman).'
CONTRIBUTED BY: Janet Moxley, also Adrian Aderyn.