The River Aire takes about 6 hours to respond to rain falling higher up the valley.
Many of us trust the BBC Weather site for forecasts. It's useful to check Skipton as that's where our water comes from.
Current river levels for the site are on the Environment Agency web-site.
At the Cottingley Bridge Gauge:
1.80 BANK FULL Gate wires at neck level.
1.60 Very fast with trailing poles and tree branches creating strainers.
1.30 S Rock washed out. Water fast. Some gates may be trailing.
1.10 Rocks covered, eddies swirling, fast. If gates set high before water rises, great.
0.80 Rocks covered but eddies are all there although boily.
0.70 Rocks appearing. Fast flow and features. Level with landing stage.
0.60 Nice big, gentle eddies and enough flow to be interesting.
0.47 Low summer level - difficult to paddle above the S Rock - paddles click on the bottom.
0.40 Above the S Rock is hardly useable.
This flow-chart below defines whether you are simply paddling with peers, or if there is a person responsible for your safety.
Has it been raining? For club sessions, if the water looks like it's going to be too high for you to paddle independently, let the organiser know you'd like to paddle. For Thursday club night, the organiser is Judith and let her know by 9pm Tuesday.
Tuesday 24th September 10pm
Deadline for ordering pies (veggie or meatie) for Thursday night. Wendy
Thursday 26th September
Club night Judith
Pie and peas after. Order with Wendy.
Tuesday 8th October
Pool night Mags
Thursday 14th November
Our AGM Mark