Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Derwent

Paddle Point

Small layby to park. Signs advising 'no launching of canoes or other craft', but taking out river right and carrying over the bridge uses public footpaths.

Paddle Point

Broken weir forming rapid with large wavetrain. Top wave forms playwave. Rest of rapid good for whitewater practice.

Can be accessed by getting on a Draycott, paddling down, shooting or portaging 1st Church Wilne weir, then taking out at Church Wilne egree. Approx 2.5 miles total.

Any info on what levels this works best at? Cheers
Paddle Point
Draycott, Derby, Derbyshire DE72, UK

Paddle Point
Derby, UK

Very wide vertical S shaped weir with approx 10 ft drop. Due to the S shape this can be shot with care in short kayaks. Absolute minimum level is probably about 0.6 at Derby. At this level boats will skid across the bottom weir apron. At around 0.75 the landing becomes much smoother, but as the level increases a stopped builds until the weir becomes an 80m wide recirculating death trap.

Paddle Point
Derby, UK

5 gated sluice. Can be shot in the right water levels.

Paddle Point
Derby, UK

Often completely dry, but if not, can usually be shot quite safely. Gentle slide followed by 1ft drop.

Paddle Point

Grade 1 with grade 2 rapids

At the time of writing no official access agreement, lots of 'no canoeing' signs

you will need to portage the masson mill and ambergate wire works mills

takes around 4 hours

Paddle Point

grade 1 with grade 2 rapids

takes around 2 hours

Paddle Point
Belper, Derbyshire DE56, UK

Grade 1 & Grade 2 with 2 weirs

8 Miles

2 to 3 Hours

Paddle Point

Small eddy behind the bridge river right
Overgrown path up to the road, plenty of parking on the road - no permission from the landowner as far as I know, but I dont think it will be a problem

Paddle Point

shallow and slow moving/still

steps down to the river

see here for more details
http://bamfordvillage.co.uk/id72.html

Paddle Point

ran this on November 2013 with 1.4m on the EA Chatsworth river gauge
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/riverlevels/riverstation.aspx?StationId=2118&RegionId=2&AreaId=17&CatchmentId=44

mainly grade 2, one short grade 3 section by Calver mill (this is next to the road, so portage might be possible)

couple of large weirs Calver Weir (http://www.calverweir.org.uk) and Baslow Weir, both where ran (in kayaks), both straight forward with almost no stopper and no tow back (at the level we ran it at)

allow 2 to 3 hours depending on river flow
1.23m on the Chatsworth EA river gauge to definitely too low
Paddle Point

facing downstream, l/h shallowest, current runs to r/h side, do not swim under bridge as sharp rusty metal pipe sticks up. quite safe to paddle through, may scrape at water levels below 0.40m at matlock.

Paddle Point
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4, UK

Paddle Point

slalom site on a grade 2 rapid

Matlock Canoe Club
Paddle Point

Large weir - not sure if it could be run or not

The top lip is long and shallow, so you ground as you get close to the edge

Would probably need high water level

You can easily portage around on the right bank

Paddled this with a water level of 1.2m at Matlock Bath

and when I said "You can easily portage around the right bank", I meant Left Bank!
Paddle Point

Easy to run weir - 45 degree angle to small wave at the bottom

can be run ok at low water, 0.35m at matlock station in any boat really. safest route is right hand side when facing downstream avoiding dead center.
Paddle Point

Large Weir - There seems to be an obstruction at the bottom causing a very uniform wave along it entire length

A closer inspection is needed to confirm

portage can be tricky - you will need to get out before industrial works as it is all fenced in the a very high spiked fence - right bank is probably the easiest side - you will end up on a public foot path - walk down stream until the last building on the left, turn left across a bridge (attached to the building?) and down the bank to the river

the security guard on site has been very friendly in the past and unlocked the gate and shown us the way round, but obviously I can't guarantee a friendly reception every time (maybe take a box of chocolates with you as gift for him)
Paddle Point
Belper, Derbyshire DE56, UK

Only open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and BHol Monday.
Launch fee £10

Pay at rowing boat hire.

Paddle Point
Belper, Derbyshire DE56, UK

Large weir, step half way down, very shallow landing

Paddle Point
Belper, Derbyshire DE56, UK

Easy launch point

You can pull in and drive down the track

Room for one car without blocking the footpath/road

track leads down to the river for a nice easy launch point

Paddle Point
Milford, Derbyshire DE56, UK

Can be inspected from the road at Milford

There can be tow backs at high levels

Paddle Point

Can be inspected from the concrete bank river right

Paddle Point
Derby, UK

Duffield Road
Darley Abbey
http://www.midlandcanoeclub.com/a/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=71

Paddle Point
Derby, UK

has an extended concrete base

we ran it ok in a Jackson Dynamic Duo (3.6m long) so shorter boats should be ok - the level was 0.7m on the nearby gauge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxtugo1_Cys
Shot at 0.62 in short boats. Much less than this would be a horrible scrape on to a concrete base.
Paddle Point
Elvaston, Thulston, Derby, UK

You need to climb over the style by the bridge and across the grass - not far. Parking is a bit tricky - on road in Borrowash. Dangerous weir south of here - see marker.

River Derwent Borrowash Bridge to River Trent

Paddle Point
Draycott, Derby, UK

Dangerous weir, portage recommended.
Canalised banks before and after weir; easiest egress via wooden steps on left bank immediatly before weir.

River Derwent Borrowash Bridge to River Trent
Shootable in lower water levels though ensure enough speed to crash though stopper. River right offers smaller stopper and better eddy. River left eddy recirculates upstream quite strongle.
Paddle Point
Draycott, Derby, UK

Insufficient clearance at higher levels

River Derwent Borrowash Bridge to River Trent
Flagged as Still a hazard