All this wild weather has done a great job of filling our rivers full of lovely water, including some that take quite a bit to start running.
So with lots of rivers a bit too massive for a leisurely sunday paddle, we headed to the Ingleton Greta in Yorkshire.
It's a great grade 2-3 river, through some hidden and gorgeous countryside.
It's definately a river of 2 halves. With the top section from Ingleton to Burton being very continuous grade 2 - 3ish, lots of fun with no boring flat bits and stacks of waves and stoppers to play in along the way.
Once you get to Burton - in - lonsdale you get a long grade -3 bedrock rapid which leads into some pretty woodland with flatter sections, interspersed with weir type drops. Nothing scary and always with a chute through.
The highlight of this section is a 1 1/2m ledge drop with a tongue thing river right for open boats and 3 or 4 different boofs along it for kayaks....lovely!
The only hassle was the get out at Greta Bridge. I got out river right below the bridge and hauled my kayak up some walls (mental!), but Ali decided to carry on down, join the Lune and get out at the next bridge on that. On reflection, whilst this is a bit of a trudge, it's probably a better egress for canoes and will keep the local residents, who live right at the get out, happier.
All in all a great trip for up and coming kayakers, never too hard, but still challenging enough to bring a big grin.
If you have a done a bit of river kayaking and are looking for a guided trip on something a bit more challenging, give us a call!
Mark and Ali