Greta (Keswick): Threlkeld to Keswick

Grade 3
Length 8 km
Current Level scrape @1.03 yesterday at 15:00

in North West


NOTE THAT THE DEC 2015 FLOODS HAVE MESSED WITH THE GAUGE CALIBRATIONS. WE SUSPECT THIS WILL SETTLE OVER TIME, BUT TAKE THE CALIBRATIONS WITH A PINCH OF SALT FOR NOW. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE OBSERVATIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. A popular grade 3 classic. That this is one of the few UK rivers with a sensible access agreement. Paddling is permitted year round, but in Nov-Dec the level must be above the white marker on the bridge to avoid damaging salmon spawning redds. Whilst the white line may possibly be positioned a bit high, it corresponds to a level of approx ~???m on the Low Briery Gauge.

Water Levels

Much of the catchment is held back by Thirlmere Dam, so the river rises and falls quickly after rain.

Getting There

Putin W3°3'46" N54°36'45"
Takeout W3°8'25" N54°36'18"

Putin at Threlkeld bridge, along a small road off the A66 just east of Threlkeld (signposted to the Youth Centre and Castlerigg Stone Circle). Takeout on river right at the climbing wall carpark in Keswick. Alternatively paddle another flatish 1.5km down to onto the Derwent and takeout on river right just before the suspension footbridge at Portinscale.


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