Avon Water

What to do when the forecast winds preclude any sensible paddling on the sea (as intended), head for a sheltered river instead. We chose the Avon Water in Lanarkshire and descended an interesting stretch from Larkhall down to Ferniegair, about 6.5km of grade 2/3, passing along the depths of a gorge like section of Chatelherault Country Park.

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It started dry and brighter than expected but soon enough the winds were notable by the swaying trees high above us and there was occasional evidence of recent falls beside and in the river. Rain started about half way and grew heavier as we went which was not so nice for getting changed at the end, dry on the river, damp in the car!

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Thankfully the recent days’ rain had swollen the river to just the right level for an unimpeded float down with the just the occasional scrape over shallower stretches. The flow was swift and we cruised along nicely between the rapids, two or three of which were a good technical challenge for me.

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A very nice stretch of water with quite a scenic feel despite being so close to sizable towns.

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