NY5709 : Navigation hazard in Wasdale Beck

taken 1 year ago, 4 km from Greenholme, Cumbria, Great Britain

Navigation hazard in Wasdale Beck
Navigation hazard in Wasdale Beck
A spate run, Wasdale Beck in high water is an alpine-style grade 4-5 descent taking maybe an hour (with minimal inspection) from the A6 down to the Shap Wells Hotel. Needless to say it needs a lot of water and doesn't stay up very long. Seen here after some rain (the fells were pretty boggy underfoot) but with nowhere near enough to paddle, the sheep fence across the stream looks easy to avoid. When bank full, eddies vanish and man-made features like this pose a real risk to life (and could be construed as illegal obstruction of the right of navigation). There's a low footbridge upstream where the beck is steeper, as well as more livestock fences, so a strong (but small) team is needed to paddle it safely. However, the recent clear cutting has at least reduced the potential for trees in the water,
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Date Taken
Sunday, 11 October, 2020   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 October, 2020
Geographical Context
Uplands  Sport, Leisure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
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Beck 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5746 0914 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:28.5494N 2:39.4787W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5751 0925
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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