SE0063 : Successful run of Linton Falls

taken 8 years ago, near to Grassington, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Successful run of Linton Falls
Successful run of Linton Falls
The bridge across the River Wharfe is crowded with spectators as several groups of canoeists watch their more confident members take on the grade 4 Linton Falls. The rocks in the middle of the falls provide a better view, however - only accessible at this level to those with their boats or dressed for a wade across the left channel. The run in SE0063 : Starting the run of Linton Falls drops the kayak into the very turbulent water seen bottom right, and remaining upright and in control during that section is the crux of this rapid. Those in full control can break out left (under the stranded branch in this photograph) and take a moment to catch a breath and fix on the best line down the final drop. Boofing off the edge just on the line between clear and aerated water gets you over the boily stopper down below, whilst still keeping well left of the big central rock. Too far left drops one sideways into the wave with no water in which to place a paddle to brace, whilst too far right or not enough speed both risk an encounter with the rock. For those who didn't make the breakout, a line to the right is possible, but the water to the right of the big central rock is very aerated and turbulent, making this a more difficult line on which to remain in control.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 25 January, 2010
Category
Rapids   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0013 6331 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:3.9438N 1:59.9704W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0011 6332
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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