NAME OF RIVER: Wauchope Water.

WHERE IS IT: Flows alongside the B7068 Langholm-Lockerby road and joins the Border Esk in Langholm.

PUT INS/TAKE OUTS: We got in by the B7068 3km SW of Langholm (NY335825). You could probably paddle it from about 1km further upstream. Continue down the Border Esk or take out at the bridge where it joins the Esk in Langholm.


TIME NEEDED: 1 hour 30 mins.


WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: It came up after 3 hours of heavy rain. The Esk will be quite high (it was 1.5m on the SEPA gauge online).


MAJOR HAZARDS: Barbed wire fence 30m after the 1m drop (portage).

Fallen trees almost block the river in 3 places, but we managed to duck under them all.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This is a good alternative start to the Border Esk if it's been raining. It starts with a few easy rapids and lots of dodging of trees. After 1km there is a 1m drop with a powerful hole, followed by a smaller drop (grade 3). You can see this from the road as you drive up. The barbed wire fence (portage) is 30m below this. There are a few easier rapids for 1 km, then after the road bridge (NY354838) there is a longer grade 3 rapid. There is a 1m sloping weir as you come into Langholm. It is easier for 500m until you get out in Langholm or join the Esk.

OTHER NOTES: You could probably paddle this from 1km further upstream. Has anyone done the Ewes Water or Tarras Water which also flow into the Esk near here?

CONTRIBUTED BY: Hil and Tom from Carlisle Canoe Club -