Canoe Days Out

Lancashire - River Ribble - Clitheroe to Ribchester

This page was submitted by Doug Malpus
How to get there - From Clitheroe town centre follow signs for the Sports Centre. Pay and Display Parking opposite Sports Centre, 3 per day.

For those with SatNav the postcode is BB7 3LA.

Get a map with driving directions to start or end (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)

Suggested Launch Site - Clitheroe sports centre pay and display car park. Edisford Bridge immediately downstream of the bridge. Left bank is good but use either. Toilets on left bank.

General Description - About 8 miles of varied water conditions up to grade 2. Low water can be a scrape, I advise call the Environment Agency Rivercall Service on 0906 6197733 and listen for instructions. The signicant height for this trip is Jumbles Rock. To avoid scrapes the river level 0.5m above summer level. The river gets more exciting with greater depth. 1.5m gives bouncy conditions and requires good skills in open canoe. Trip time can be as short as 2 hours but allow 3+hours for playing and picnic.

WARNING - The weir above Great Mitton is DANGEROUS and requires portage. Its location is approximately 300m after the aqueduct(white bridge carrying large water pipes. Egress river left and launch beyond towback.

Trip finish is at either the Ribchester Bridge, immediately downstream river left (De Tabley Arms, closed, PR3 3ZQ), or at grid ref SD 651 351 river right where some steps lead to Church St. and a short walk to the pay and display carpark with toilets. For those with SatNav the postcode is PR3 3XP.

Comments on this trip

Keith Day
12 Nov 2009
Access to paddle the River Ribble is disputed and there may be some anglers or landowners who will not be happy with your presence. See this blogg for a flavour of the trip.


River Ribble, Edisford Bridge

Advise me of new trips

The last trip loaded was Great Haywood to Great Haywood (Circular Route) on the River Trent / Trent & Mersey Canal by Peter Robinson