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    Default River Lune Soon, Maybe or cancelled due to flooding

    Later last year I organised a trip down the Lune from Devils Bridge (Kirkby Lonsdale) to Caton (Lancaster) but due to an overnight surge the river rose dramatically and flooded the local area, including our substation! Bring on 4 days without power .
    We ended up opting for a sheltered paddle on The Lancaster Canal.

    Well I am planning on trying again to do this paddle over the next few months with a slight change of put in now at the River Rawthey confluence, making the trip a little longer without effecting the grading which is Grade 1-2.


    I thought I would post this early to drum a bit of interest. I would be thinking of doing this between November & March but sooner rather than later.

    If anyone is interested in joining us you are more than welcome (when I get a date fixed).

    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    Watching with interest!


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    I'm interested, but so many things have to come right, that it is a very weak interest.

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    Bit of extra info here for those not farmiliar with the Lune.

    http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/r...usioncontent39
    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer!!

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    Keeping my eyes on this one.
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    I'm watching this with interest.
    The early bird may catch the worm... but the second mouse gets the cheese!

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    Interested but will be date dependant

    Cheers

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    Interested but only if Jimmy is going elsewhere

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    Cheeky sod
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    Any news on this, now its rained a bit???

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    My work rota is spoiling it at the minute, its looking like it may have to be mid week. Ill check my next rota.
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    We retirees can do mid week!!! Its just a river thats been on my to do list for close on 40years.

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    I'm good for mid week.
    Wednesdays and Fridays are out (Grandpops duty)
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    If mid week I wont be able to make it. Holidays are in seriously short supply after Canada.

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    I'll see what my next rota looks like. from looking at my last few Mon-Tue is trending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    Any news on this, now its rained a bit???

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    No rain in Lancashire/Cumbria/Yorkshire... But we do have a lot of snow on the hills

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    Keeping a hopefull eye on this . As i like that stretch of the lune

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    Possibility of Saturday 26th or Sunday 27th November, I need to do a couple of reccies of the put in, also there is an area of common land which is used from time to time for camping I am going to check this out also as I will be hoping to camp as to get an early start.

    I will keep updating when I can.
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    Sounds good at this end
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    As I may have to combine this trip north with a visit to the aged, and therefore may be B&Bing it, I'd be grateful for a little more detail of your proposed trip. I realise that you still have to decide on Sat or Sunday

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    Let me know when it's on.

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    Keepung eye on it...
    Wilderness, canoe, tent, what more do you need

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    Sunday 27th November is the date.

    Original route is back on due to acces, shorter days and the fact that the temperature is dropping to lower single figures and we don't have dry suits. Devils Bridge to Caton is more of a gentle moving water touring section so less chance of us taking a bath and catching hypothermia. Apologies if you were more interested in the section further up but I'm not risking a dunk without a drysuit in lower temperatures.

    Plan is to meet at Devils Bridge carpark at 8.30am set up the shuttles to Crook 'O' Lune and hopefully be on the water by 9.30am this section is 12.5 miles long.
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    NaNadeNaNah. I DO have a dry suit, and was looking forward to the other bit. Going to give it a bit of thought after perusing Rivers Guide and NorthWest Rivers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    NaNadeNaNah. I DO have a dry suit, and was looking forward to the other bit. Going to give it a bit of thought after perusing Rivers Guide and NorthWest Rivers
    A drysuit is on top of my list of Christmas prezzies, I am ordering a Gul Dartmouth In early January

    I have just read a couple more write ups on the upper section, I must admit it does look rather good. Maybe in the New Year for me though, wasn't expecting the temperature to drop so quickly after the mild month we have had.
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    I DO have a dry suit, and was looking forward to the other bit.
    I also have a drysuit, and have done the other bit (without needing the drysuit but I did wear it), and would be quite happy to do it again sometime - so we might have two trips going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_B View Post
    I also have a drysuit, and have done the other bit (without needing the drysuit but I did wear it), and would be quite happy to do it again sometime - so we might have two trips going.

    Looks like it yes, 2 trips are better than 1
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    Tempting! Will have to check my availability with management.
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    I'll be doing the Rawthay confluence to Devils Bridge section this Saturday (19th) email me for details: mtguide@wilderness-canoe.co.uk

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    Working 9am - 10.30pm, gutted. Let me know how it goes I may do that on the 26th and do Devils down to Lancaster 27th (depends how cold it is). I work next to the river and the level has risen considerably since this morning.
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    I'm currently considering driving on Sat Morning to Telford, doing the Severn from Iron Bridge to Bridge north (the next bit of my Severn upwards) then driving to Kirby Lonsdale. B&Bing it and Paddleing with you guys on Sunday. I'd rather do both bits of the Lune if there is anyone on for the Sat, but I guess it may be more difficult solo with my OAP bus pass on the Lune. So is anyone really on for Sat AND Sunday??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    ..... So is anyone really on for Sat ?...??
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    From the deafening silence I guess the answer to "is anyone up for the section down to Devils Bridge on Sat Nov 26th" is no. last call for partners.

    Impcanoe

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    From the deafening silence I guess the answer to "is anyone up for the section down to Devils Bridge on Sat Nov 26th" is no. last call for partners.
    26th is still a week ahead; I haven't planned that far yet and might be interested if it's still open nearer the time. I've been a bit unwell this week so don't think I'm up for Sat 19th.

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    Im waiting to see the weather and water levels before making a firm decision on the saturday paddle.
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    Hi Folks,
    Smudger and I are planning to join you for the Sunday 27th trip, hope that is OK. We will plan to see you at the Devils Bridge car park at 8.30am. Mike (25272527) may be able to make it but is unsure at present.
    See you there.

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    Thats fine not a problem see you guys there In typical SOTP form it will be 8.30ish depending on traffic, the shuttle should take around 45 minutes to set up. Please be aware the Sunday is a very busy day at Devils Bridge due to large numbers of Motorbikers who meet up there, so I would suggest parking at the opposite side of the bridge to unload. If you are coming from the M6 it is the carpark before you cross the river.

    Apologies Impcanoe I have had a very busy week so not managed to get on here much, I won't be paddling Saturday but I'm sure I could help you with transportation If you are wanting to do the upper section from Devils Bridge.

    Current levels are looking good now but forecast for a few days before is dry and sunny with freezing temperatures so I would suspect the levels will bit a bit lower.
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    I intend to be there on Sunday. Gwyn and I are wracked with guilt over not visiting my aged relation, and are currently considering doing that on Sat, or in the spirit of the title of this thread, Friday. Either way I'll be either be not doing Sat, or having transport.

    Impcanoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    From the deafening silence I guess the answer to "is anyone up for the section down to Devils Bridge on Sat Nov 26th" is no. last call for partners.

    Impcanoe
    May be there on the saturday for a run down to Devils bridge. Am waiting to hear from a work colleague who want some G2 practice.

    Bit vague at the moment I'm afraid!
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    After all this, I can't make it, grandparent duties. Further contributing to my reputation as a serial canceller. Hope you all have a great trip. I might make the Wey but scant compensation.

    Impcanoe

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    Going to start a list so I know numbers I havnt paddled it so wouldnt like to do it alone.

    1.) jimmyads
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    1. Jimmyads


    Maybe. Jammy
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    1. Jimmyads


    Maybe. Jammy

    3. Peter R
    4. Smudger (but I think we may both prefer the Rawthay confluence to Devils Bridge section if there is a choice, having seen Per's blog. Haven't done either section yet. Al has done the upper bit - how about guiding us on Sunday Al???)

    Maybe 25272527

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    Soryy but i dont have a dry suit and i dont fancy swimming in these freezing temperatures, i had a wonder down on my break and the water is ice cold.

    Unless someone has a spare xl drysuit of course.
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    Ill do some asking round to see if i can borrow one that will fit me, the upper is of more interst to me aswell
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyads View Post
    Ill do some asking round to see if i can borrow one that will fit me, the upper is of more interst to me aswell
    People paddled whitewater in winter for years before drysuits were a thing.

    You've got a wetsuit haven't you? Wetsuit, fleece layers, waterproofs on top, hot drink and change of clothes in a dry bag... and do your best not to fall in!

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    Says the man with a drysuit to keep dry and warm
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    We used to race in the winter in M&S winter pajamas and a spray top, with a shorty sleeveless wet suit if we thought swimming might be an option.

    These reads like the Monty Python sketch, worked 25 hrs a day, got up before we went to bed etc etc

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    Have you been persuaded yet Jimmy - either in a borrowed drysuit or M & S pyjamas?! Alice has told me where the upper put-in is located and the river levels are now similar, or slightly lower, than last week.

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    It was -6 here this morning so no i am not convinced ill take a look on sunday, its a shorter section so will have time for a reccie.
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    I will now be with you Sunday
    Is it still an 8.30 meet up?
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    Yes around 8.30am at devils, obvious delays with traffic makes it a ish meeting time. Depending how the levels and temps are there maybe the possibility of a change to the upper section, if everyone is leaning more to that.
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    Water level is 15cm lower than last Sunday and dropping, which is still doable but will be more of a scrape.

    https://flood-warning-information.se...77?direction=u

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    I better stick 3 changes of clothes in then
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    Were a go, all loaded up and ready to roll
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    Im ringing round trying to borrow a car my gearbox as just gone bang on the way home from work, ill try my best to get replacement vehicle.
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    Sorry for letting you guys down, my van is still in the garage so looks like its gonna cost a pretty penny as i still have not heard from them. This paddle must be cursed
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    No problem Jimmy, sorry you are having some rotten luck. Hope it gets sorted out and you can still afford a dry-suit!

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    Looks like its going to be in the 600 area so the drysuit is way out of the window.
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