20 March 2017

The floods that we experienced yesterday seem to have had little detrimental impact on the river despite at one stage Horton being cut off from the outside world.  I’ll take a walk later tomorrow and check out the fences and stiles on lower river.  It’s not usually the force of the water alone that causes damage, but the accumulation of brash against bankside structures that takes them down.  This early in the season much of last years dead grass and reed will have been progressively removed by winter spates so there will be less material to pile up and cause problems.  It’s often a late Autumn or mid Winter flood heavily laden with brash that has real damaging impact.

One of my regular correspondents sent me a photo of Thornton Force in Kingsdale.  This often benign fall on the Twiss (or is it the Doe) resembled the Victoria falls. Only the crocodiles were missing.

One casualty of yesterdays wet is the Tarn webcam.  I’m not sure what the problem is, but it failed to update after 10 am yesterday.  Water and sensitive electronics are not happy bed fellows.

We are promised a further deluge mid-week, but thereafter the local forecast is rather better so there may be some decent fishing at the weekend.


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  1. Hi Ian, “… Thornton Force in Kingsdale. This often benign fall on the Twiss (or is it the Doe) resembled the Victoria falls …” … Yes, as locals know and accept, the Ordnance Survey have consistently transposed the Ingleton river names. They have admitted it, but with typical non-elected quango bloody-mindedness persist with their blatant error on the basis that their maps have been printed for a while now and that it would confuse people to correct them. So, if they had swapped the names of the Thames and the Clyde, would they insist that we all just accept that … I don’t think so, somehow! The real Doe, also called Thornton Beck and Kingsdale Beck is the Western half above the Ingleton confluence, going up through Thornton Force.
    The real Twiss, also called Ingleton Beck is the Eastern half above the town, going up through Chapel-le-Dale to Ribblehead. The major local angling club (Ingleton A.A.) has always recognised these old correct names with 800 years of documented history and printed their maps as such. The other angling club, which has a stretch on the Chapel-le-Dale side (Mitre, from Burnley), confusingly persists with swapping the river names.
    Wainwright, Bentley etc have always been of the one mind and it’s high time the O.S. apologised and corrected their maps.

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