Plotted Rivers (and Canals) highlight the rivers path, and show mile markers to give ideas of length between 2 points.
They also provide a useful tool with route planning, but it should be stressed, the right to paddle on some rivers is contested. Some people may inform you that you should not paddle on some sections of some rivers. Information entered on Paddle Points does not mean there is a right to access the water or use the water.
|New Bedford River|
|Old Bedford River|
|River Avon (Bristol)|
|River Avon (Warwickshire)|
|River Great Ouse|
|River Little Ouse|
|Aire and Calder Navigation|
|Birmingham and Fazeley Canal|
|Birmingham and Wolverhampton Canal|
|Birmingham Canal Navigations|
|Bridgwater and Taunton Canal|
|Calder & Hebble Navigation|
|Exeter Ship Canal|
|Forty Foot (Vermuden's) Drain|
|Gloucester to Sharpness Canal|
|Grand Union Canal|
|Grand Union Canal Harborough Branch|
|Grand Union Canal - Leicester Arm|
|Grand Union Canal - Loughborough Navigation|
|Grand Union Canal - Paddington Arm|
|Grand Union Canal Welford Arm|
|Grand Western Canal|
|Huddersfield Broad Canal|
|Huddersfield Narrow canal|
|Kennet and Avon Canal|
|Leeds and Liverpool Canal|
|Manchester Ship Canal|
|Monmouth Brecon Canal|
|New Junction Canal|
|Nottingham and Beeston Canal|
|Peak Forest Canal|
|Sheffield and Tinsley Canal|
|Shropshire Union Canal|
|Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal|
|Stainforth and Keadby Canal|
|Swaffham Bulbeck Lode|
|Tame Valley Canal|
|Trent and Mersey Canal|
|Wednesbury Old Canal|
|Worcester and Birmingham Canal|
|Wyrley and Essington Canal|
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Some clever individual has cut down a tree at Sharrah Pool on the Upper Dart, and let it fall into the river.
although can get busy on a good weekend.
The famous "slab" gives an indication of water level here. 6" below the slab's flat section is pretty low. Just lapping the edge of the slab is a good level. Covering the slab will lead to a bouncy ride on high water.
Small play wave which is surfable in most conditions
The first of 3 grade 3 sections on the Dart Loop.
Long-ish Grade 3 rapid with numerous boulders that can push you against an undercut cliff - Lover's Leap itself.
First there's a bouldery ramp, then a brief flatter section with an eddy on the left, then a short drop into the bottom pool.
In low water, its an exercise in dodging big rocks. In high water, its very bouncy, can be hard to get to the eddy and can push you against the undercut Lover's Leap itself.
3 distinct drops over a few hundred metres of river. First is a moderate ledge, second and third are closer together and a little more complex. Grade 3.
A short grade 2 on a left-hand bend. The eddy to the right at the bottom of the drop can be very hard to escape in certain levels, hence the name.
Can be portaged river left.
Damaged as at 28/12/13, with metalwork showing and acting as a serious hazard.
Parking, around £6 per day.
Get out above bridge going into the Country Park, at the end of the "Dart Loop", or start of the Lower.
Parking is in the car park some hundreds of metres away. Drop off is no longer encouraged, so carrying is the only real option.
Be safe crossing the roads:)
Get on just below the bridge, might have to climb over the fence.
This is also the end to the lower.
steam railway car park beware of low bridge and use the cafe if open
Layby give access to Dart - it is a bit of scramble down the bank though.
The centre channel is the route here. River right is too shallow, river left is blocked.
Get out is just upstream of the bridge. Muddy stream leads to a wall with railings - with some effort kayaks and canoes can be got over this bridge.
(access just below bridge is under dispute as local landowner recently stopped access/egress to the river at this point, despite it being used for years).
Carpark at present costs 50p donation to the station master at Staverton Station.
If for any reason you cannot get in above Staverton Bridge, there is an old slipway (in disrepair) that can be used here. It is a fair walk from the road though - kayaks should be able to walk it, but if you've got an open canoe, bring a trolley.
From Swallowfields go through the gate just before Riverside Lane, continue past the SW Water station and turn left. Grassy bank very close to the weir. Beautiful spot with parking close by in Swallowfields Lane/Road. Local canoe/kayak club have a hut here so it's known among locals.
You can tie up at the steps, and then enter the beer garden for a well deserved pint!
Great slipway in carpark although can get very busy. Avoid at very low tide unless you are fond of mud. Totnes is approx 1 mile upstream with 2 waterside pubs to tie up at for refreshment. Downstream approx 2 miles are the quays at Sharpham house where you can stop for lunch in the restaurant or just sample the best in South Devon wines. Look out for the friendy seal who swims up to your boat at high tide.
Lovely return trip that can be done in an afternoon. Places to stop for lunch at the rivers edge, and a tea shop on the quay at Stoke Gabriel
Many Canada Geese live here...and in spring many babies....cute!
The first PS Kingswear Castle - Pre-world war 1 Paddle Steamer Wreck.
Image taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Dart_Steamboat_Co_Ltd
Launch from pub car park, I always ask first out of courtesy and buy a drink on return. Bow Creek is beautiful and full of wildlife but empties at low tide. The pub car park is underwater at the top of a big spring tide which is great fun in a canoe and there is another pub 1 mile upstream (The Watermans which can be reached on a spring tide.
Duncannon...lovely place to live by the river
Great launch point with car park and cafe. The dart is huge here, treat as open water. Both Totnes and Dartmouth are a comfortable paddle from here or cross the river and head up Bow Creek to Tuckenhay and the Maltsers Arms where you can canoe up to the bar on a big spring tide!
This point is great for resting up or stopping for food (if you aren't going to the Ferry Boat Inn that is!!)
security cameras provide good coverage
Free launching for Kayaks. Park in free car park and trolley kayaks to launch via the foot path next to the barrier. Checked with business owners on site and ok to use respectfully. Anything larger and there is a fee.
Very welcoming. Short drive to free drop off and free car park at the creek below.
If you have a trolley, a just-possible walk down to coastal path and then on to slipway.
Accessible and viewable from the water.
If you have non-kayakers in your party and dogs, a good walk from the launch point at Gampton around the coastal path.
You can drive through the gate from the carpark onto the foreshore which makes launching and recovery a doddle with a heavy boat. River is busy here but brfeathtaking. Visit Agatha Christie's house by canoe or paddle into Dartmouth. Foreshore is very muddy at low tide.
You can park on the beach when the tide is low.
Expensive to launch £3 per kayak but accessible at both high and low tide. Additional car parking fee and limited spaces.
AC's holiday residence, National Trust. Well worth a visit. Visible from the Dart.
There is a big cable ferry that crosses here - usually obvious, but worth noting if the river is busy you can get ignored by bigger boats!
If you need to park all day, use the Park and Ride
Launch point in the heart of Dartmouth.
There is parking nearby, but the carparking spaces around the boat float are limited to one hour, th bigger car park near by is limited to 4 hours. If you want to park all day, you will need to drop off boats, and then go up to the park and ride.
From/To Sea or Totnes.
Marina parking free for 1 Hour (unload and find parking on the road is possible)
Launch or Land further up the inlet but not at Low tide +/-2hrs
If you need to leave a car longer than 4 hours in Dartmouth, drop off boats and use this Park and Ride. £5 all day which includes bus ride for all passengers. Price of Sept 2012