NZ0615 : Starting the descent of Abbey Rapids

taken 15 years ago, near to Barnard Castle, County Durham, England

Starting the descent of Abbey Rapids
Starting the descent of Abbey Rapids
Above Barnard Castle, the River Tees has become a relatively easy paddle, but downstream, it cuts down again into a short gorge forming rapids a grade harder than those for many kilometres upstream. An initial wide boulder garden narrows down to a series of bedrock ledges with good eddies both sides. As the river curves left towards Abbey bridge, it narrows between short cliffs, and the ledge drops get bigger with the flow more concentrated towards the left in moderate levels such as seen here. The final drop has a grippy stopper to the right, and often a haystack in the main flow and is the scene of many upsets. Fortunately, the gorge under the bridge has deeper, slow-flowing water and is a convenient site for fishing out swimmers and equipment in all but the highest flows. The rapids are a very popular site for park-and-play boating, or as part of a longer trip such as Barnard Castle to Whorlton, or on down to Winston. They are also the scene of slalom competitions from time to time.

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Category: Rapids
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Barnard Castle [30] · Seen [13] · Mains [8] · Flow [3] · Start of Abbey Rapids [3] ·
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NZ0615, 174 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Andy Waddington   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 5 November, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 18 November, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0649 1503 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:31.8305N 1:54.0736W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0646 1506
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph
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