SD6291 : Unblocking the rapid

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Firbank, Cumbria, Great Britain

Unblocking the rapid
Unblocking the rapid
Paddling the Lune from Beck Foot to Killington bridge, soon after passing under the A684, one comes across this narrow strid. At low water levels like this, the outcrop in the middle of the stream forms a significant obstacle, but on this trip, the larger river right channel was blocked by a washed in tree stump. The group ahead of us were trying to clear the stump before running the rapid, but in fact only succeeded in dropping it back a little upstream, raising the water level a little in the pool above the outcrop. This did make the rapid slightly more feasible, and two of the group ran it successfully. Everyone else (our group included) chose to walk round. At somewhat higher levels, the outcrop is covered, and the channel a little wider, but the boil above it does tend to kick the paddler around rather unpredictably. At even higher levels, the whole channel gets wider and presents a different challenge entirely.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 February, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 6267 9170 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:19.1705N 2:34.5231W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 6266 9170
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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