River Eden

River Eden

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Grade: 2-5

Note the River Eden section from Hellgill, which is as high as Grade 5 in high water but normally Grade 4. The rest of the Eden is generally Grade 2-3. 

The Eden is a popular, fast flowing river, well known within the river running and white water fraternity. It won’t surprise you that the river was named Itouna by the Romans which translates as ‘water’ or ‘rushing.’

White water on the River Eden

There are several playspots, weirs and grade 2-3+ rapids along this section. Be sure to check the spot where you are paddling and weather/water levels too.

Rising in Cumbria for most of its 90 mile length it traces the border of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. It flows close to the ancient stone circle known as ‘Long Meg and Her Daughters’ locally, then through Solway Plan and Wetheral before joining three other rivers: the Irthing, Petteril and Caldew before winding into Carlisle. Eventually, the River Eden becomes tidal for the last 5 mile stretch from the mouth of the River Esk.

As well as being popular with white water paddlers, you should be aware that the river is a haven for wildlife, including a flourishing population of Atlantic salmon and otters!