Tag Archive for lake district

River Lune - kayaking maps, river levels and useful info

Strid at low water - this can become a hard rapids as the river levels rise.

Stangerthwaite weir - has an extremly strong two back!


UK River guidebook


Lune - first half
lune - second half

River Levels

EA river levels - Calibrations are roughly - Low: 0.40m, Medium: 0.60m, High 1.00m.At 0.50 the first km is a bit of a scrape the the rest of the river is fine.


River Kent - kayaking maps, info and water levels

River Kent - final rapid


UK Rivers Guidebook



Water Levels

EA river levels Calibrations are roughly - Low: 0.30m, Medium: 0.60m, High 0.90m.

Lake District Kayaking Trip - an overview

Map to the Lake District

kayaking in the Lake District

Ruff idea of where all the rivers I want to paddle are

Possible Rivers

River Name Grade Stars Water Levels
Irthing 3 3 star Med
Clough 4 3 Med
Lune 3 3 Low
Rawthey 3(4) 3 Med
Greta 3 3 Med
Langstrath Beck 4 3 Med
Kent 4 3 Low
Leven 3 (4,5) 3 Low
Sprint 4 3 Med
Torver Beck 4 2 High
Great Langdale Beck 3(4-) 3 High
Yewdale Beck 3(4) 2 High
Duddon (two sections) 3(4-) 3 Med

So by looking a the map I have decided to come up with a plan depending on the river levels. The River Irthing has been removed as it is too far away from other river.

Low water plan

kayak on river leven

River Leven

Kent (Kendal to Park Head) - Pool drops and a gorge section. A good river for your first grade 4, runs at low to med levels

Leven - This river runs nearly all year round and is a popuar short run.

Lune (Crook to Rawthey confluence) - this is discribed continuous grade 3 with a couple of harder falls. Great river that should not be missed.

Med water plan

kayaking on duddon

River Duddon

Clough - an underated section of interesting paddling, Great section with bedrock drops and a gorge section.

Rawthey - A classic pool drop river. Sustained grade 3 with some harder drops.

Greta - Classic grade 3 run

Sprint - classic pool drop but rapids are hard to inspect and hard to portage.

Duddon (middle and lower) - a classic run

Langstrath Beck (med to high water) - beautiful pool drop high in open fell. No access issues but a long walk in

High Water plan

kayaking white water

Trover Beck

Torver Beck - Spate pool drop

Great Langdale Beck - slower start with a great finish

Yewdale Beck - a good intro beck but does have lots of fences