SD8680 : Ledge drops on Greenfield Beck

taken 6 years ago, near to Beckermonds, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Ledge drops on Greenfield Beck
Ledge drops on Greenfield Beck
Greenfield Beck is the easier of the two tributaries to the Upper Wharfe (the harder being Oughtershaw Beck SD8681 : Oughtershaw Beck put-in), but is not without interest and its own hazards. Both need very heavy rain to come into paddling condition, Greenfield responding a little more slowly, as more of its catchment is forested and the slopes are less steep. Both remain at a paddleable level for a very short time - maybe as little as two or three hours. On this occasion, we'd already missed Oughtershaw, but Greenfield was running at a nice level, so we added it on to the beginning of our planned descent of the Upper Wharfe.

Having already ducked under a low steel bar, portaged a heavy livestock fence and dropped over a waterfall we hadn't seen from the road (SD8580 : Unexpected drop on Greenfield Beck), we were being a little cautious. Just ahead here is a drop of a metre or so with a shallow landing, and there's a similar one beyond the paddler in the yellow boat, just on the bend, both caused by the harder layers of limestone. That second one, however, is preceded by two steel wires across from the wall on the left, the bottom one quite low to the water, and both invisible until you are a few metres from them. It's quite entertaining ducking under these without capsizing, and getting the paddle back in action in the couple of metres before going over the drop ! Fortunately, after that, there are no more man-made hazards to negotiate.

The river continues into the Wharfe (SD8780 : Ledge drop on the Upper Wharfe) and the video from whose raw footage this photo was taken can be seen on youtube LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
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Kayaks  Waterfalls 
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Waterfalls   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8679 8008 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:12.9766N 2:12.2443W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8676 8011
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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