River Calder

Cold Fell to Thornholme Farm

Grade 4
Length 4 km
Paddleable spate

Lots of water is needed for this upper section of the Calder and it rises an falls incredibly quickly. If the river looks brown and churning at Calder Bridge, and it's still raining, you might be in luck! The river starts as a narrow flume ride down little more than a stream, before dropping through a couple of tight gorges. Once past Monks Bridge the river changes in character and some more powerful grade 3/4 rapids lead to a 2-tier slide. A couple hundred meters of easier water leads to the confluence with Worm Gill (beware of the sheep fence). Either take out here, or continue down the easier (and now much bigger) lower section of the river to Calder Bridge, or the sea. ... read more about Cold Fell to Thornholme Farm

Thornholme Farm to Calder Bridge

Grade 2/3
Length 4 km
Current Level empty @0.35 2 hours ago

Enjoyable bimble through pleasant countryside, beware of the occasional tree. The whitewater interest lies in the second half of the run where a few rapids liven up the approach to Calder Bridge. It is possible to continue past Calder Bridge, taking in some unusual sandstone gorges. Possible takeouts are a) at a public footpath which goes down to the river, or b) continuing through the Sellafield nuclear site down to the sea. Note that there are a couple of grade 4 rapids through Sellafield which are made all the more interesting by their unique location. ... read more about Thornholme Farm to Calder Bridge