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Holne Bridge, River Dart

Thousands of canoeists descend the Dart each year, It's arguably one of the best white water rivers in England. Many clubs in the southern half of the country base their winter programme around visits.

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Overview

In 1991 British Canoeing and local paddlers purchased the land on the Dart to secure apoint of access to and from the river. The strip of woodland now provides a convenient access and egress point. 

Maintenance is managed by the volunteers of British Canoeing South West Regional Development Team. Donations towards the upkeep are sought annually from clubs and individuals to pay for essential work.

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Location

Located on river left below Holne Bridge, it extends from the first bend in the road to the meadow. It includes all land between the river and the road. Access is available by parking in the wider part of the road, closest to the river. Volunteers periodically cut back the hedge and clear mud so cars can be parked closer in. A short carry past the field gate finds a footpath access to the wood. A fixed sign shows the downstream limit of access and egress. Use of the meadow further down has caused aggravation with a supportive land owner and paddlers are urged to avoid this.

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Usage

Maintenance is managed by the volunteers of British Canoeing South West Regional Development Team. Donations towards the upkeep are sought annually from clubs and individuals to pay for essential work.

Pedestrian access is freely available at all times. The limited parking is the main problem, with care required to avoid traffic hazards. The 'layby' is not an official one and great care is needed when loading boats etc.

The weir on the lower part of the site is owned and maintained by River Dart Country Park on the opposite bank. This weir can be run in low water conditions but has a powerful keeper in medium to high flows and should be treated with caution. Portage is easily available on river left. 

A new fish pass on the weir is under construction (summer 2019).

Note this facility is not locked and is used by wild swimmers in the summer, at their own risk.

ALL users of our are asked to respect the angling interests using the site and share the space fairly. Holne Weir is known for Sea Trout and therefore undue disturbance should be avoided. BBQ’s, fires and camping are strictly prohibited.

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Donate

Maintenance of the land is done purely through money raised from donations. Essential work in the last year has included:

· a complete survey of trees and removal or trimming of dangerous branches

· removal of a huge Oak which fell and blocked the river

· new pedestrian access, paths and signage

· cutting back the hedge and clearing winter mud where people park

Responsibility for this land rests with the South West Regional Development Team, made up of volunteers.  In the last few years we have spent nearly £4,000 on essential maintenance, which has cleaned out our funds.  We are currently unable to give grants for training.

The South West Region seek contributions from clubs and individuals to help us keep the site safe and attractive.  

To contribute, scan or click the QR code.