Author Topic: Lakes and inland river detecting in the UK  (Read 3177 times)

Offline rayredditch

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Lakes and inland river detecting in the UK
« on: September 18, 2009, 06:36:43 PM »
Heh, it´s coming up to winter time, and most of the ground will be frozen, and/or winter crops will be planted, so a lot of areas will be out of bounds.
Why don´t you think about doing the beaches and shallows of the lakes and ponds, or the shallower areas of the rivers and streams.
The rewards in these areas will suprise you. If the old lakes and ponds are natural as opposed to man made, they will have been used for hundreds if not thousands of years, maybe even having offerings of coins and artifacts thrown in (This is very true in Europe). Where the areas are large such as in man made lakes used for boating, and that have large beaches, these can be as productive as the beaches on the seaside, rings, coins, broaches, necklaces, watches, etc.).
Rivers and streams you have to be a little more carefull in winter, especially if there is a heavy rainfall further upstream, which could result in a flash flood, so check the weather forecast, and don´t go alone. Ensure you have a phone, and an easy entry and exit point, at several places along your search route.
Generally you woun´t need a fully waterproof detector, but I woold advise chest mounting the control box. For the rest a good long handled scoop is ideal, and can be had for between £ 50.00 and £ 180.00, depending on the material it´s made from, and the thickness.
If the ground is stoney, go for stainless steel, as aluminium will soon chew up, and galvanised will also not last long against stones.
Again, here you´ll find anything from Celtic, Roman, Middle age, right upto modern day, from coins, to artifacts.
Extra equipment apart from the scoop and your detector, would be a good set of chest high waders, and that´s about your total outlay.