Grade: 3 (4)
The River Greta so impressed the poet Wordsworth he wrote a sonnet about it in 1823. It is a beautiful paddle through Cumbria but please note, restrictions are in place to protect the very special environmental qualities of the river.
Classed as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), the Greta is a wonderful place to paddle but help conserve and protect the environment. Take into account seasonal changes in water conditions.
Between the 1st November and 31st December, paddlers should only paddle the Greta when the river reaches the white painted lines on markers at Thelkeld bridge (downstream side of the central pillar, NY 315247 ). This is to protect the special environmental qualities of the river.
Wildlife on the River Greta
Along the river you will find nationally rare fish and water plants. The lack of pollution means that mosses and lichens are abundant.
The fish populations are particularly special, including salmon and all three species of lamprey. Otters are also found in the area and many birds nest and over-winter on the river.
As with all other people, individuals and groups of canoeists are fortunate to use and enjoy this beautiful area. When on the river, please enjoy the environment and be respectful of all plants and wildlife.