River Eden
photo of the River Eden looking towards Eden Bridge
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Carlisle City Centre - Pictured above.

How to get here
From Brampton take the A689. After about 10 miles you will arrive at the M6 J44 roundabout. Those coming from Scotland, Brampton/ Hexham or south England now take the Carlisle City Centre (A7) road. You are now on Scotland road (called this because it takes those in Carlisle to - guess where?!) You will now pass the Kingstown industrial estate on your right. You will then pass Morrisons Supermarket on the left (toilets here). You will now be driving up a slight incline up onto the brow of a hill where another set of traffic lights are!! - (be careful because this road turns into two lanes and is extremely busy with lots of accidents buddies), keep to the left lane - this area of Carlisle is called Stanwix. at this set of lights, be in the left lane.

Past the lights, and on your right, there is a row of takeaway and restaurant businesses, (the Roman Wall lies underneath these shops). You must stay in the left lane - use your indicators if not yet in - get into the left lane and watch on your left as you approach another set of lights just 150 metres ahead. Do not miss the road branching off extremely, and sharply on your left, by the 2nd lights - turn left here and you are now going in the opposite direction. This road is called Brampton road.

As you travel along Brampton road you will be driving down hill and you will see the river on your right. Notice that as you drive down hill, that on your right, a Single Track Road forks off towards the river. Take this and you'll see the parking area on your right side, placing you right next to the river.

As you drive along the single track road you will pass over a cattle grid. You will see on your right a parking area. Pull in here.

A short walk and this dive sees you at 3 metres. This is the deepest section of the river in this area.

The bottom here is of small shingle and stone with very little sand despite the river bank being full of it. Heading down with the current you will find things get muddy in patches. The river flows gently along this stretch but viz is very poor due to chemical and effluent pouring from further upstream (I consulted with the council and although I cannot state who is responsible for the effluent it is from local factories who to my surprise, are in many cases, no where near this river. In summer, the kids complain of itchy skin so it's a good job we were protected in our suits although we found our hands were becoming sensitive after the dive too. Anglers be aware, if it affects us it must be affecting your catch too!

Attractions here are the odd golf balls from the nearby golf course and there are plenty of sandals and boots on the bottom. Flounders can be seen here despite it not being a tidal river at this point in it's passage to the sea!

Hazards to Divers
River dives can turn nasty. Strong under and over currents can make life tough. NEVER dive if the river is suffering from flood conditions. Always have shore cover in case you are swept away and maybe you will want to consider a rope and tender linked to you. Strong unexpected currents in unexpected places can strike you - be aware and use evasive maneuvers to counter-act sudden water flow directional changes assuming you dont want to go with the flow.

Not to be dived when flood conditions prevail. Watch for barbed wire and other rubbish.

What are those "counter-act measures" you mentioned in the above Paul? . . . If you have to ask that question you should stay out of the rivers.

Sustained finning at full power are, on occasion, the norm during some river dives, depending also on rain fall levels. Test your thrust by thrashing it out in your pool with fins on and try holding full power for FIVE minutes :-). Remember your training with arms above water for 30 seconds while thrashing your legs to keep the elbows above the water??
Here's a dive where that test may come in useful :-)

photo of the River Eden at Wetheral
The River Eden
River Eden - Wetheral - Pictured above

How to get here
You are looking for the A69 in North Cumbria, near to the City of Carlisle. Those arriving on the M6 from the north will be departing the M6 at J43. Follow the sign for Brampton - Hexham (A69). You are now looking for the Warwick Bridge sign just 2 or 3 miles down the A69. (Those from the south may wish to come off at J42 and pick up the B6263 Cumwhitton road and upon entering Wetheral watch for the road on you right which forks away - take this and you are straight down onto the river.) Those arriving at Warwick Bridge will come to this bridge which goes over the river Eden. There is a road on both sides of this bridge so please read carefully here:- Now then!! Coming in from Hexham or Newcastle along the A69 you will see upon your approach to this bridge a sign - go slowly over the bridge and while still on the bridge you will see (only just) that a 90 degree, sharp hard to port spin on the wheel will be needed to get you onto the B6263. Those coming from Carlisle will be coming down a steep hill onto this bridge - take that road on your right without crossing the bridge.
Within a mile on your left will be an unsigned road that turns off. Take this road, (if you miss it - carry on and take your first left turn and follow through until heading down hill toward the river). and you are right next to the river. Follow until you reach the end. You can see the river is a stone throw away on your left.

You should have all ended up driving down hill and facing the river (more or less). Park where you can but please don't obstruct any drive ways - it's millionaire row on this side of the river and billionaire row on the opposite side as you will soon realise if you come here for a walk or dive.

A walk upstream of about 300 metres along the river bank brings you to a stairway where a walk can be enjoyed that takes you into National Trust protected country. But for those wishing to dive, you get in here. A statue stands in the garden on the opposite shore. It is said that if you watch the statue for a short while, 5 or 10 minutes, then one of two things will happen. Either it will begin to move around OR you will be turned to stone if it looks directly at you.

A great deal of cash has been spent restoring the waterfall cascade on the opposite bank by the owners. This is a private home and the owner has installed a security system and guards who are watching you as you enter. May I strongly advise that you do not fall to the temptation of walking up the cascading waterfall steps and onto the grounds. Just admire it and the work involved in restoring it. If you would like a more detailed description please see further down the page.

The river here flows briskly and offers about 4 metres viz. The bottom and surrounding area is of sandstone which underneath has interesting features thanks to the force of water and stones eroding it into pits and holes. The depth runs to 3 metres.

Only a little further down the sandstone gives way to sandy, sludgy stuff and weeds.
The river is a great Salmon fishing river. It is a private fishing ground so please do not be tempted to dive during the fishing season.

Hazards to Divers
Not to be dived when flood conditions prevail.

photo of the  River Eden at Langwathby bridge
The River Eden
River Eden at Langwathby

How to get here
Come off at the Penrith J40. Take the Penrith / Appleby A66. After a mile or so, you come to another large roundabout. Watch for the A686 Langwathby / Appleby sign and follow.

Having followed the A686 for circa 5 or 6 miles you will see the unmistakable Langwathby bridge up ahead and made from steel girders.

Parking is beside the bridge on the left where a small layby (farm track) allows room for only two cars.

The water is relatively clear along this stretch of river beginning from the bridge and exiting from a single track road some 1.5 miles down stream on the left. The bottom of the river is of stone. Some weed will be seen and this "swim" takes you over some fast flowing water.
NOTE: From the water, the exit point is not visible so you will need someone down there.
This requires someone to drive over the bridge but watch for the single track road immediately on the far left side (end) of the bridge - take this and drive to the end
I am assuming that this is a private farm track, and that I do not have any contact details for access permission. I took part as a rescue diver for anyone getting into difficulty during the raft race.

There is just one little problem with this river. Which is that it never gets any deeper than 3 feet. I travelled along it for 1.5 miles. No fish were seen either. It's not really a diving attraction but at least you know what is here.

Hazards to Divers
Getting the stab jacket shredded is a real hazard but no other problems.

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