BCC Difficulty Guide
River Grading Guide

BCC Diff guide

River grading - River grading can be open to misinterpretation, so we have used an ability key to colour code trips.

Tours’ won’t have any technical difficulty, but may have occasional ‘grade 1’ rapids and/or weirs. They tend to be longer distance trips and require a degree of stamina. The really long tours may not be suitable for the first timer.

Rivers marked ‘Easy’ will be predominantly flat water and up to grade 1, but may contain isolated grade 2 rapids, such as the Derwent, lower Wye or sections of the Severn below Shrewsbury.

Rivers marked as ‘Moderate’ will have more continuous sections of grade 2 rapids. The aim of moderate trips is to paddle simple whitewater, and will tend to be used on coaching trips.

Rivers marked ‘Medium’ will be up to class III.

Any trip marked ‘Hard’ will be above class III.













TBA venues - will be decided by the organiser nearer the date. This allows for water level fluctuations and gives more flexibility to tailor the trip to suit the needs of who wants to attend.


Please contact the organiser if you wish to paddle on a particular trip.

They can also give more information about the individual trips.


I have left some weekends free, to allow other trips to take place on an ad-hoc basis.

These trips will be organised at short notice and will tend to be rain dependant.

They will be advertised on the notice board at the pool whenever possible.

 Anyone wishing to put ideas for future trips forward please get in touch.


See you on the river,


Clare Morgan