Yorkshire - Ripon Canal - Ripon to Oxclose Lock (& return)
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How to get there -
Ripon is easily accessed from the A1.
For those with SatNav a nearby post code is HG4 1UG. (the car park is as you turn off the main road.)
Get a map with driving directions to start
(enter the postcode of your starting point at A)
Suggested Launch Site -
Park at the car park adjacent to Rhodesfield Lock on the B6265. Access tow path through gate.
Note: The head of the canal at Canal Basin has a notice board saying "no launching from Adjacent moorings" at this more obvious start point.
This very short canal is an enjoyable short trip with a total distance of no more than 4 miles. Start [or finish] by paddling up to the Canal basin to view the renovated canal buildings. Continue down the canal through one lock to Oxclose Lock where the canal joins the River Ure.
The canal passes Ripon racecourse whose lake is a good spot for birdwatching - A bird hide is located adjacent to the tow path. Oxclose lock has picnic tables and has fine views south over the River Ure which can be entered to extend the trip down river to Boroughbridge if you have a pick up arranged. (See www.canoedaysout.com/trip/286)
Things to do apart from canoing: Have a look around Ripon, visit Newby Hall