Avonmore (Rathdrum to the Meetings) River
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Brief River Description
This section is a pleasant and fun endeavour. And the scenery in the area is some of the best that the Wicklow mountains has to offer.
Directions to the Put-in
The Rathdrum to the Meetings section of the Avonmore starts at Rathrum Bridge, in Rathdrum Co. Wicklow.Rathrum Bridge is located on the R752 just North-east of Rathdrum village.
Directions to the Take-out
Take out at the point where the Avonmore meets the Avonbeg river.
Drive 6km south from Rathdrum on the R752. Before you cross a bridge over the Avonbeg river, this is the take out. "The Meetings" pub is on the left after the bridge.
The grade and character of this river is ideal for a keen beginner and can provide an entertaining paddle for a more seasoned paddler. The river has several continuous entertaining rapids. The river is surround by with beautiful Wicklow countryside.
River level gauge
Levels can be determined by checking the Annamoe, if it is high this will be high, if it is low, this will be low too.
Levels can also be checked from the bridge in Rathdrum at the get in. If this section looks paddalable (i.e. enough water going over the gravel beds) the river is good to go. In a descent flow a nice wave forms under the river right arch of the bridge. If it's in flood should also be obvious from here - still a good run though, just not for swimmers and beware for fallen trees.
From time to time trees that line the banks of the river sometimes fall across it creating a possible strainer, be extra mindful of this in periods after heavy rain or flooding.
Author(s)Original Author: Micheal P
Latest Author: Ken
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