Rain Wednesday , then more Thursday gave good paddling prospects for the
weekend. Mike H, Brian C, Rachel P and Ian Mc. from Ribble drove up Friday
evening for an early start Saturday. Our primary river was too low so we
diverted to the River Cree near Newton Stewart. Grade 4 for the first half.
The excitment started with some steep rocky rapids. Then continuous class 3
and often 4 we proceeded with some inspections. One portage brought us to
the 5m fall into a short box canyon. Mike cleaned it, a fine roll from Brian
brought success from disaster.
The following 3km saw more class 3 and 4 water which flowed one rapid to
the next, bringing us the road bridge smiling.
Sunday We headed for the river Scaur. The SEPA gauge indicated
paddleable levels. A kind farmer let us walk through a bog (field) to get to
the put in. Almost too shallow to begin, tow tributaries brought more water,
and bedrock narrowed the channel to bring almost constant grade 2 then 3
rapids. A very tricky narrower class 4 section required inspection before
more continuous grade 3. The grade 5 section was too rock strewn to
contemplate and required us to lower boats back into the river. A final trick
in the tail found the water pushing into undercut boulders, the alternative
a 5m twisting channel only just wider than a kayak – no problem.
Will you join us for another fun but challenging w/e in Galloway in the