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    Default Loch Achray

    I will be arranging a meet at loch Achray some time in the coming months (one at Loch Ard too probably) and wondered if anyone has any information on paddling this area. I have paddled Loch Achray and Loch Drunkie but wondered if the river between Loch Achray and Loch Venacher is navigable. I am only guessing there is a river joining these two lochs so that shows you how much I know.
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    the joining river is the Blackwater. It is very like the Balvag....slow, deeep in parts, no view, lots of low trees.

    Nice in Spring before the midges. Kingfishers, Dipper, warblers singing etc.
    If it wasn't for the rain in our lives there would be no rivers. X 2

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    Can confirm that it is 'easy' but has LOTS of overhanging trees (done it twice). There is a single 'awkward' bit (summer levels) at 535064 - Duncreggan where the flow goes down a gravel bank, striaght into the overhanging branch of a tree. I lost my previous hat there (too busy making sure boat was OK and daughter & friend didn't tip in to attempt to hold onto hat).

    The branches are above normal water level.

    If you can steer the boat then no problem.

    It is quite good for solo-cycle from 522063 (OK, so boat needs sliding down steep bank) to get out at 561062. paddle length 5.7km. cycle 4.2km.

    Also intersting to paddle across to the Invertrosachs boathouse (564051).
    Note that there is a good cycle track along the S side of loch venachar from invertrossachs to brig o turk.

    Philip

    Also there are interesting shallows in the loch Achray~517062 (pole marker), and the 'island' (517065) isn't.

    Philip
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    Good so the forestry commission youth camp site would make an interesting enough spot for a combined meet.

    When you say the river is slow can it be paddled in both directions?
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    Default Sub grades below Grade 1?

    When you say the river is slow can it be paddled in both directions?
    probably 95% could be, but the other "5%" are likely to stop all but the determined party reversing the trip.
    As noted there is the gravel bank section, and there is the river join as well, plus a few of the meanders have fast corners.

    Probably an excercise for the Polers!

    Also it suggests a sub grade below Grade 1.
    Grade 0 - flat, sheltered inland water without any current or flow.
    Grade 0.5 - slow moving river where upstream travel is relatively easy by a solo paddler [taking no more than twice a long to go upstream as down stream].

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    Done the river twice, once in each direction.

    Poling is generally not called for, and a 12' pole difficult in the trees; that's why I have an adjustable pole for tree infested rivers!

    Very midgy on calm summer evening. And I mean desperatly so. One of our party did the cycle shuttle in record time for that reason. Don't wear shorts.
    Last edited by tenboats1; 11th-March-2006 at 08:42 PM.
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    Default Loch Venacher - Loch Achray

    Have paddled and used this section of river for a variety of courses. DofE, star tests, bird watching etc.

    The river is as described above and can for the most part be paddled back up. I have used it for poling clinics and have had little hassle with the tress. Stick your wellies on, bring old paddles and make sure you have a painter on the boat. These armed with a pole makes the effort to get into Loch Achray great fun.

    Coming down from Loch Achray into Loch Venacher is a miny river Balvaig.

    Have fun

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    Excellent. Anyone got any particular preferences when they would like to see a Loch Achray meet?

    A couple of things to remember. The camp site has no facilities. No water, no toilets, nothing. There is a fair bit of room for tents, almost unlimited possibilities for hammocks, tarps and bivis. Also there are likely to be about 30 bushcrafters sharing information on fire from friction, leather working, foraging, archery, bow making etc. Might even be some canoeists there sharing hints and tips
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    Has a date for the meet been arranged yet? It sounds like it's going to be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly
    Excellent. Anyone got any particular preferences when they would like to see a Loch Achray meet?
    Quote Originally Posted by Prospector
    Has a date for the meet been arranged yet? It sounds like it's going to be good.


    No date set yet. looking to see roughly when people would prefer. May, June July August?

    My thoughts are probably May as with luck the midgies may not be at full strength yet.
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    Default Camp site grid ref?

    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly
    Good so the forestry commission youth camp site would make an interesting enough spot for a combined meet.
    What is the Grid Ref of the camp site?
    P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philipoakley
    What is the Grid Ref of the camp site?
    P.
    Not of the top of my had but this should help

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    Any news about this Meet up yet?

    I enjoyed the last meet there so much I want to make sure I have space in the diary for this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayland
    Any news about this Meet up yet?

    I enjoyed the last meet there so much I want to make sure I have space in the diary for this one.
    Not yet. My thoughts currently are late May early June but Midgies may be an issue at those times. Also with larger numbers I may need to look into a porta-loo of some sort.
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    Or a bigger spade......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayland
    Or a bigger spade......


    cracking!!!!

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