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River Level Guages

River Dart Gauges

The white water sections of the River Dart has 2 level gauges on it giving guidance for paddlers depending on the section they want to paddle.

Dunnabridge gauge is higher up the river on The West Dart nearer to Two Bridges.

Austins Bridge gauge is about half a mile below the A38 at Buckfastleigh.

The Dunnabridge reading is good for working out levels for the Upper Dart, Loop and Lower sections were as Austins Bridge is better for the Baby or Lower-Lower. Of course checking both is never a bad idea.
Paddling levels, about 0. 63 on the Dunnabridge gauge the river is lapping the edge of the slab at New Bridge. About 1.25 is river lowing through the third arch. About 0.47 is the lowest you want to run the Upper Dart - about 6 inches below the slab at New Bridge.
Austins Bridge anything below 0.50 its very rocky even on the less steep run of the Lower-Lower and in areas you will struggle to find routes deep enough to paddle. 0.60 and over its deep enough, in between is down to personal choice.

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River Erme Gauge

The Gauge for the River Erme is at Harford. When the gauge reads 0.57 or above the river is paddleable from the slot and drop down through the gorge. From around 0.75 you can get on at Harford and run it all. Between 0.8 and 0.9 is most people’s preferred level. Above 1.0m the river becomes full on!

River Tavy Gauge

For paddling the Middle Tavy (Hill Bridge to Harford Bridge) around 0.50 is the minimum level, 0.55 – 0.80 is good levels. Above 1.0m the river becomes dangerous because of trees. For the Lower Tavy Tavistock to Denham Bridge approximately 0.45 is the minimum level but around 0.60 – 0.90 is good level. Over 1.0m is high. Please note there are dangerous weirs on this section best portaged.

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