Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Mole

Paddle Point
Hersham, Surrey, UK

A nice "there and back" canoeing route on the beautiful river Mole.

Needs medium river levels - too low and it'll be a scrape, any higher and the current will be too strong to paddle up against.

Can be prone to blockages from low or fallen trees. Some sections can be popular with anglers, so be on the lookout and courteous.

You can paddle up as far as you want, reducing or extending the paddle.

Read a Blog on Song of the Paddle

Paddle Point
Dorking, Surrey, UK

Dangerous weir in all conditions with 10 foot drop down a single broad ramp. Get out in good time on the right up steep bank into meadow, get-in below at nice sandy beach.



View looking downstream from foot bridge above weir

Paddle Point
Brockham, Surrey, UK

Narrow steep, nettly path down between road bridge and foot bridge but with steps at the bottom. Easy parking in road.

Paddle Point
Cobham, Surrey, UK

Broad low weir, can be run if enough water or portaged



The weir is a concrete slab about 18 inches wide so you can step out on top of it and heave your canoe over if the water is this low - this is the view from just downstream.
Paddle Point
East Molesey, Surrey, UK

Handy tunnel for boats to use




On the right hand side is a nice tunnel with a very gentle gradient and rollers - so easy portage. Very dark in the tunnel so take a torch if after dark!

This is actually on the Ember - not the Mole!
Paddle Point
Esher, Surrey, UK

Big weir with gates



View from below where we got back on the river. Get-out river right by tree branch, there is a nice path by Ember Sports club, across path and put in on the right down steep bank to concrete ramp. This is the Island Barn sluice and is the same design as the weir upstream.

This is actually on the Ember not the Mole
Paddle Point
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

Gated weir, need to portage this one



View from downstream where we put in.

Get-out on river-left by high concrete bank and portage over low locked gate, across track and put in on left down steep bank below weir. Their is a concrete ramp from which to launch.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Weir is underneath a block of flat

Paddle Point
Cobham, Surrey, UK

There are about 5 trees down between Cobham and the A3 bridge. You can bodge your way through them all but look out if there is much flow as they will all turn into dangerous strainers.

Flagged as Still a hazard.

There is currently (09 August 14) an impassable large tree blockage just 30-50m down river from the Cobham paddle point. You can paddle back and exit the river at Cobham but there was no way to enter further downriver within walking distance due to lack of access. Therefore I had to abandon my trip on the Mole at this point.
Paddle Point
Hersham, Surrey, UK

Paddle Point
East Molesey, Surrey, UK

Broad weir where Mole rejoins the Ember

Paddle Point
Dorking, Surrey, UK

A very good paddle down the River Mole where it passes through the north Downs by Box Hill.

Note, this is an unusual river, in that most of the time it is shallow, probably too shallow to paddle. However, when it rains, it rises quickly like a spate river. It is then a fast trip, almost white water, and is quite a serious proposition due to an enormous number of potential tree hazards, lots of bridges which tend to pin trees (& canoes!), and it runs quickly. You need to be able to handle your canoe well in tight spaces in moving water.

Levels.
If the water at the start is more than 10cm below the top of the stepping stones, it will be very shallow.
If you can't see the stones, it will be very fast and the hazards come up quickly.

Weirs
There are a few small weirs, which disappear in high water.

There is one unavoidable "shoot" type weir between the M25 and Cobham, just after the Chelsea training ground and a rail bridge.
This is quite large, and very fast and bouncy in high water at the bottom, but is a straight line once you have turned into it. Watch for trees below, as it is not easy to inspect (or portage). Fun, but care needed.

Bridges
Numerous, watch for pinned trees blocking them.

Leatherhead town bridge is potentially a hazard, as you arrive at it down a fast channel and need to get across to a middle arch before turning under it, due to trees downstream. Inspect of both the approach channel and bridge recommended, to check for blockages.



Overall, even in high water this would barely get a grade I, but the tree and bridge hazards mean that it is not a beginner trip when the water is up. Impossible to grade, but I would say treat as a II in high water, with grade IV tree dodging!!!!

Clich here for a blog of this route on Song of the Paddle






Another blog of the route: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?36272-Flumen-Talpa-%96-paddling-and-tree-climbing-in-Surrey&highlight=mole
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

This little bridge tends to catch trees!

Paddle Point
Dorking, Surrey, UK

Simple put in next to stepping stones, accessed from a NT car park a hundred yards awat, just off the main A24 southbound by a bus stop.

If the water is more than 10cm below the top of the stepping stones, it may be too shallow to paddle easily. If you can't see the stepping stones, you're in for a fast ride!

Looking back across the stepping stones to the put in, in quite low conditions (just about paddle-able!)

Map of put-in [see arrow]:

Pay and display car park operated by national trust, £2 per day, no ticket machine on site, done by mobile phone and credit/ debit card

Paddle Point

Small weir which disappears when the river is high.
Otherwise is a small drop reinforced with metal, and can scrape canoes.

Steel piling driven into the river bed perpendicular to the flow, and then gas axed off to give a nice jagged edge.

Paddle Point
Leatherhead, Surrey, UK

As you come into Leatherhead, watch out on the right for a channel near a park bench. Take this channel rather than the drop on the left.

In high water, this will be quite fast and takes you to the multi-arched bridge which often has pinned trees across it. Therefore inspection is recommended, even in modest water, as the channel is quite fast flowing blockages would be come across quickly.

As you leave the channel, you will probably want to head towards the middle arches of the bridge, to avoid obstacles below it. So keep left against the island until the flow comes in from the left, then turn and go through the arches.



Paddle Point
Fetcham, Surrey, UK

Down lane by footbridge

Paddle Point
Fetcham, Surrey, UK

Disappears in high water

In medium water levels, can be side surfed.

Paddle Point
Great Bookham, Surrey, UK

A nice little weir which has a central shoot suitable for playing on.

Washes out in high water levels. A medium water level is best.




Paddle Point
Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey KT11, UK

Quite a reasonable "shoot" type drop, which can have a bouncy wave train at the bottom.

Care with trees below if water is high.

Not easy to inspect or portage.

WARNING

As at 17th June 2012, there is a large tree blocking the approach to this weir, which is potentially very dangerous.

"This tree blocks the approach at a point where the current is just speeding up approaching the weir, which is where the river turns hard right down the shoot, and could catch out the unwary. The access to the first arch on the right is blocked by branches which could hook somebody up just as they are being sucked into the shoot. In moderate levels, the current here is still quite strong, and in high levels the tree could be very dangerous.

The left arch itself is clear as of yesterday, 17th June, but the tree stops you reaching it. It is possible, with care, to get over the trunk of the tree on river left, but caution is required as the current is enough to mean that you need to control the canoe carefully as you approach, to stop it swinging round broadside to the current and into the tree. We managed this as a large group by helping each other, and the left-hand shoot was fine, if a little bony. The inspection of this required a little tip-toeing over the broken boards of the bridge over the weir...accessed from as below.

The safest option would be to stop on river right 50m above, and climb the high-ish banks and endure a stingy nettle portage (through which there was evidence of canoe dragging)."

Downside Mill Weir:
Downside Mill Weir - looking at the left-hand shoot from below the weir
This is a nice weir to run in the right conditions - quite steep so lean well back or you end up with a few gallons of water onboard!
WARNING

There is tree debris completely blocking the right hand arch as of 4th January 2015. The left has quite a big "hole" at the level we ran it (approx 0.56 on the Dorking gauge) and open canoes can swamp with risk of recirculation. We used the smaller weir about 200m upstream, and dragged/climbed down it into the jungle bashing leat that cuts the corner back to the main stream.
Paddle Point
Cobham, Surrey, UK

Portage on left above first weir across grass to slipway. In high water, canoe may not fit under footbridge below!

It may be possible to shoot the left hand weir, but there was significant re-circulation on our trip in high levels.

Paddle Point
Cobham, Surrey, UK

Easy get in or get out by main road in Cobham, opposite the Wildwood Pub/Restaurant.

Limited parking in layby a few yards towards the town centre.

Map of get-out at Cobham [see arrow]:
Paddle Point
Esher, Surrey, UK

Put in down grassy bank. Parking on the closed off Old Esher Road, you can avoid the worst of the wall by going out the east end of the road and getting in down to your right. A "there and back" upstream towards Cobham from here is pleasant, but needs reasonable water levels as it is shallow in places.