Dartmoor

20th-21st February 2016

by | 29 Feb, 2016

Weather was a little iffy, rain was in the air and the wind was biting! Temperature for this time of year was quite mild, however being used to warmer temperatures made the few who dunked in the water gasp!

With the 28 paddlers, smaller groups were formed from the advanced paddlers wanting to tackle the “Upper Section” to the more leisurely paddler wanting the “The Loop”.

We had six paddlers embarked on their three star assessments, through a gruelling five and a half hours the first day, followed with four hours the second day. We can congratulate Alice, Caroline, Micheal, Dave, Jon & Rob on passing!!

“The Loop” – New Bridge to Holne Bridge

From the Uk Rivers Guide Book

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Water Grade

Grade 2 for most of the river with few rapids at Grade 3. The river gets more continuous at higher levels but does not really exceed Grade 3. At extreme levels the rapids merge to continuous big and bouncy wave trains but surprisingly still do not exceed Grade 3+.

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Get-In / Get-Out

Get-in at New Bridge, where there is a huge car-park. Don’t use the section of the car-park reserved for non-paddlers.
The egress is at Holne weir but paddlers are advised that the limited parking should be used for dropping off/picking up only, and are requested (where possible) to continue down to Buckfastleigh and egress at the Dart Valley Railway.

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Length

Approximately 4 miles

New Bridge

Get Out

Temperature

Wind

Number of Paddlers

Times, "It's Cold" Was Said

“The Upper Dart” – Darmeet to New Bridge

From the Uk Rivers Guide Book

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Water Grade

Somewhat debatable. It has been referred to as ‘Grade 5’ in Terry Storry’s Guidebook but this doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. In low water (as described above) the majority of the river is continuous Grade 3 but Euthanasia Falls and the Rapid which follow it, ‘Surprise Surprise’ are Grade 4. In medium/ high water the river begins at Grade 3 and gets progressively harder to continuous alpine-style Grade 4. In full flood (river out of banks), the river is ‘full-on’ and the ‘Mad Mile’ leading up to Euthanasia Falls is perhaps Grade 5.

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Get-In / Get-Out

Get-in at Dartmeet, where the East and West Dart rivers converge. There is a convenient car-park, carry your boats downstream of the bridge.

The egress is at New Bridge (get-in for the Loop section) where there is a huge car-park. Don’t use the section of the carpark reserved for non-paddlers. Alternatively, carry on downstream on the Loop section to New Bridge.

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Length

Approximately 5 miles

Dartmeet

New Bridge