SD8781 : Oughtershaw Beck rapids in the woods

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

Oughtershaw Beck rapids in the woods
Oughtershaw Beck rapids in the woods
Paddlers are rightly wary of rivers flowing through woodland, especially rarely paddled spate becks like Oughtershaw Beck (SD8681 : Oughtershaw Beck put-in). Timber is apt to fall and cause a hazard (one paddler had already been drowned in 2013 not far away in Swaledale from just such a cause), so we were paddling carefully. We knew that one tree had been reported fallen on this beck, but weren't sure where. Our caution was justified, as we had already paddled over one flooded livestock fence just upstream of this photo, and another blocked the river completely a short way downstream. This was probably more dangerous than the tree, which we easily spotted downstream again. The river flows on into the Wharfe (SD8780 : Ledge drop on the Upper Wharfe from a different trip). The video from this trip can be seen on youtube LinkExternal link.

Small rivers like this do need a lot of rain to come into condition, so we were lucky to have caught this one - an hour later and it was dropping off fast. But small rivers at high water do tend to be fast and with few eddies, so can be quite hard to photograph, especially in the poor lighting that inevitably accompanies thick woodland under heavy overcast skies !
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Date Taken
Saturday, 18 May, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 20 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
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Kayaks  Woodland  Rapids 
Rapids   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8726 8114 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:13.5489N 2:11.8146W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8726 8111
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