Bradford and Bingley Canoe Club
Bradford and Bingley Canoe Club

River level at Wagon Lane

The River Aire takes about 6 hours to respond to rain falling in higher up the Aire valley.


Go to the BBC Weather site for forecasts. We use Skipton as that's where our water comes from.


To see what the river level is without leaving your sofa, go to the Environment Agency web-site.


We use the digital reader at Cottingley Bridge so we're all referring to the same data.

What level are you happy on? What pushes you?

At the Cottingley Bridge Gauge:


2.30    Nuts!

1.80    BANK FULL Gate wires at neck level.

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.

0.85    Rocks are starting to show and eddies are lively and small.

0.75    Nice fast eddies. Plenty of flow and features. Level with landing stage.

0.60    Nice gentle eddies and enough flow to enjoy.

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.


Thursday 18th January

Club night                              Judith

Thursday 25th January

Club night                              Judith

Saturday 10th February

Slalom training: full runs          Mark

Tuesday 20th February

Pool                                         Cath

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