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Upper Tees 2014

Upper Tees 2014
Upper Tees 2014

"High Force" is maybe the highest waterfall in England. A few kilometers later on the river Tees you can find a beautiful river section with whitewater in the fourth grade. The waterfall "Low Force" is perfectly to run on the right side. With a small boof you can land this fall very smooth. We've run it in November even though we didn't have so much water it was a nice afternoon.

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Lake District 2014

Lake District 2014
Lake District 2014

Each year, the highlight of the kayak trips of Kayak Northumbria is the trip to the Lake District in the North-South. Staying at a nice hostel with a sauna we paddled the river Kent and the river Leven.

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Tyne Tour 2014

Tyne Tour 2014
Tyne Tour 2014

Tyne Tour might be one of the biggest kayaking events in the North-East. In the beggining of November 2014 Kayak Northumberland, ähm sorry Northumbria went to the muddy camping near the Tyne in Hexam.

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Sleningford Watermill 2014

Sleningford Watermill
On the road in England

The first pool-sessions in the new semester challenged numerous beginners of Kayak Northumbria in Newcastle Upon Tyne, but paddling straight ahead and getting out under water wasn't a problem. Therefore we drove to the campsite "Sleningford Watermill" in North-England. The River Ure offers a few hundred metres of beautiful class III whitewater. The sun warmed the day up nicely in mid October, but most people put on their dry suit, if they had one. After everybody was warmed up, we split into small groups and set about teaching people eddying in and out. Finally, the highlight for everyone was paddling the small whitewater rapid, which wasn't that much easier because of low water levels.

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Tees Barrage 2014

Tees Barrage International Whitewater Center Stockton-on-Tees
Tees Barrage 2014

If the rain is not filling the rivers with water you have to drive to artificial whitewater courses. So Dan, Dave, Matt and I drove to the Tees Barrage Whitewater Centre near Middlesbrough, an artificial whitewater channel, which is similar to the "Eiskanal" in Augsburg (Germany). Filled with concrete and many plastic fittings it doesn’t have the flair of a natural whitewater section, however, the two possible sections work well. The second channel, built just a few years ago, is a ripsnorter. It is extremely short, therefore has a steep gradient. Especially the last "drop” which invites many a one for subsequent rolls.

 

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