Canoe Days Out

Yorkshire - Rivers Ure & Ouse Navigation - Boroughbridge to Linton Lock

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How to get there - Boroughbridge is easily accessed from the A1.

For those with SatNav a nearby postcode is YO51 9BH.

Linton Lock is adjacent to Linton on Ouse which is reached from the A19 NW of York.

For those with SatNav a nearby postcode is YO30 2AZ

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Suggested Launch Site - Launch from the picnic site adjacent to Boroughbridge Weir into the canal bypassing the weir down a short steep bank. Note that overnight parking is not permitted but is available nearby.

General Description - Apart from the first few hundred yards to Milby lock the route is an easy river journey through a flat agricultural countryside. In normal water levels the river flow is only slight making it possible to paddle the route both ways. This waterway is prone to flooding so make note of the water conditions before planning a round trip.

Route length is just over 10 miles with one lock at the begining. Take out above Linton Lock. (see map) Parking about 100 yards by entrance to camp site for which there is a small charge. As camping is available at Linton Lock an overnight round trip is possible.

Comments on this trip

Chris Kayak
27 Apr 2016
I've launched my inflatable kayak on the river from the Boroughbridge car park, it was fine downstream but couldn't beat the current under the bridge to get all the way back. Also a great launch from Aldwark Bridge 'Free Landing' free parking close to a jetty.

York Bloke
07 Jun 2013
If you wish to continue past York...Go under the Blue Bridge and enter a pool where on rare occasions the lock into the Rive Foss is open. You can paddle a mile or so on the Foss having a look at York.Back on the Ouse you can continue for maybe another 45/60 minutes, past Rowntrees Park (no longer free parking!), under the Millennium Bridge, and past the Yacht Club. The next bridge is the A64 road bridge, about 400m beyond there you'll see Bishopthorpe Palace, home to the Archbishop. A further 150m on the same bank, you'll find a jetty out at York Marina where you'll find a campsite, ices, teas and coffees etc. It's 10 mins walk from the campsite to the village, where there are three pubs, all serving food. You can continue past the campsite for another half an hour passing under the Fisher of Dreams bridge, Naburn Marina (on the left) some caravan parks and finally on the right a slipway about 400m before the weir and Naburn lock.Happy Days.

Tim Saville
04 Jul 2011
We did this recently but got out at Aldwark Scout Activity Centre which was perfect. I rang a cab from Linton who charged me a tenner to get back to Boroughbridge for the car. A lovely route and took about 3 hours. Be warned that mobile reception is terrible and was lucky to get a (faint) signal.

phil matt
28 Aug 2009
We did this trip in Aug 09. It took about 3 hours. There is an easy get in from picnic site in Boroughbridge(on roundabout). Linton lock was lovely - nice cafe cum pub for refreshments there. We had to pay 2 to take canoe out at Linton lock. The taxi back to car cost 14. Thanks to Barry from York for taking time to chat to us we will take his advice and complete trip in to york next time

Margaret Parminter
17 Aug 2007
If you paddle through York you can egress the river on the left at Blue Bridge Lane on the public slipway or just before the Millenium footbridge, river right near Rowntrees Park (which has a free car park).

Jamie 07
08 Aug 2007
Alternatively, about the same distance downstream from Linton Lock (10 miles) gets you to York. The small beach on the right hand side of the river after (I think the third) bridge is an easy outage as it is on the edge of a car park.


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