The River Sprint at Cocks Close

River Sprint at Cocks Close in Spate Dec 5th 2015

The River Sprint

The River Sprint runs right through the estate and all our self catering properties are right beside this river. Most of the time The River Sprint is a gentle soul, tricking down to the River Kent and eventually out into Morecambe Bay. There are pools with fish to be caught even when The Sprint is in this mood. In some places you’d barely get your ankles wet crossing from one side to the other and it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours in tranquility. At other times, particularly after a deluge, The Sprint is in a far more vigorous mood and can roar passed at speed nearly 6 feet deep. We’re lucky to have a large white water waterfall on the river called “The Double S Bends” which stretches for about 250 meters. Canoeist love it at certain times of the year.

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The River Sprint at Cocks Close

On December 5th 2015, Storm Desmond battered Cumbria with unheard of levels of rain falling in a short space of time. In the 40 years that The environment Agency had recorded The River Sprint water levels, the river had never been above 1.74 meters depth but on December 5th 2015, just before 7PM,  the river rose to 1.92 meters, which, along with the River Kent and River Mint caused widespread flooding downstream in Kendal . Here are some videos of the River Sprint at Cocks Close showing how high the river went that day. These images and videos were taken at about noon time when the river was about 1.6 meters high. The river peaked 7 hours later at 1.92 meters causing much damage downstream and blocking roads for days afterwards.

Below is the current water level just down river from us: