Brathay trip details

Brathay Looping pool by LCC

A great trip for all abilities
Region: North West
Discipline: Whitewater
Difficulty: Easy
Grade: 2
Length: 6 km
Average Time: 2 hrs
Start: Start at Skelwith Force, alternatively for a great trip for beginners start at Skelwith Bridge.
Finish: Get out at either at Brathay Pool on river right or near the pier on Lake Windermere just south of Ambleside.

 From starting at  Elterwater Lake, the calm flat water leads you down through Birk Rigg Park. After Birk Rigg Park the river starts to steepen. It's important that you head to the bank and get out of your boat quickly. Waiting below is Skelwith Force, a dangerous waterfall. It advised that you portage on river left. Skelwith Force  is paddled on a fairly regular basis. However an incorrect line can lead to harsh consequences.

 Just after the falls you'll find a fun hole that's great for looping and playing in.Below here the river twists and turns its way through trees and bushes. You'll still find a selection of grade 2-3 bouldery rapids before you reach Skelwith Bridge.

The river becomes cleaner and easier, but still carries it's speedy characteristic, until it flows into a series of slow pools. This nature  continues for a couple of miles until the river once again narrows and another bridge will come in to sight. This marks a good, easy rapid that then leads in to a grade 2/3 rapid. This  rapid flows out in to Brathay Pool. You can get out on river right here. If you're hungry for more you can carry on to where the river joins up with the River Rothay, which in turn flows in to Lake Windermere. All you need to do now is enjoy a gentle, scenic paddle across the lake to the take out.

Accommodation: Plenty of Bed & Breakfasts in Ambleside, near the take out point.

Food and Drinks: The shop cafe on river left, as you get out at Skelwith Bridge is home to some fine great cakes, and Ambleside has a wide range of restaurants and cafes.

Canoe Shops: Brookbank Canoes and Windermere Canoes

Guidebooks: British Whitewater by Terry Storry White water Lake District by Stuart Miller Rivers of Cumbria by Mike Hayward English White Water

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Kayaking and canoeing are assumed risk sports and you should take every effort to become aware of any dangers involved. These guides are not intended as instruction manuals they are just as the name suggests... guides. They can give you access and egress information and give you a flavour of the water you'll encounter, but water is an ever-changing environment. Rivers change with varying water levels, trees get stuck, and banks can collapse. Never assume a river is safe just because you read it in a guide. You must use your own judgement and experiences to make the decision whether to paddle, or not. And as rivers change so to at sea can the weather conditions and tides change. All information has been checked to the best of our ability, is given in good faith, and we hope will be helpful, but all information should be checked locally and you and you alone are responsible for your decisions to undertake any of the paddling trips contained within it. The authors and publisher can accept no responsibility for any inconvenience, injury or loss sustained by any persons as a result of information given in this guide.

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