River Leven 11/6/15

Paddlers: Euan, Geoff, Tim, Allan, Tim L., Mike H., Adele, Stewart, Jess, Rosie, Bella, William, Matt L.,  Matt E., Alie, Eva, Jenny (17)

Weather: Excellent

Route: Balloch (Rowing Club)-Dumbarton (Old Bridge)



Report: Equipping 17 and getting cars to the end point took some time but we eventually got away just after 19.30 expecting a 2 hour trip.

On the slipway at Balloch
On the slipway at Balloch

However the Loch was high and the river was full and running at over 3mph. The level affectively washed out the normal small rapids and replaced these with a worry about catching capsized paddlers and boats.  In fact only Stewart had an early bath, the youngsters coping extremely well. So well that we reached Dumbarton just after 21:00. The river was quite beautiful as can be seen from the following photos.


It was an excellent trip; well worth the hassle of the initial hour.