Sleningford Watermill Caravan & Camping Park - Activities

Sleningford Watermill

Sleningford Watermill

Sleningford Watermill

Sleningford Watermill

The River Ure provides the focus for the majority of activities at Sleeningford Watermill, particularly canoeing, kayaking and fly-fishing. However, the park is also popular with walkers as there is a network of footpaths in the area and the 50 mile circular Ripon Rowel Walk runs through the park itself.

In the Ripon/Masham area, there are plenty of footpaths and enjoyable walks (The Sanctuary Cross walk in Ripon and the Mosaic Walk starting at Kirkby Malzeard moor are just two). We stock OS maps and walking guides in the Shop. Further afield, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors provide plenty of walking opportunities.

The county of Yorkshire offers great opportunities for the cyclist, with great varieties of terrain and attractions. In North Yorkshire, there is a circular route of 33 miles (53km) taking the cyclist through Knaresborough, Kirkby Malzeard and Ripon (details can be found in ‘Great Cycle Routes Yorkshire’). Dalby Forest near Pickering has a number of cycling routes (as well as walks) suitable for all abilities.

There are many tourist attractions a short drive away from Sleningford and our Information room provides a wealth of leaflets, guides, posters and discount vouchers for local venues including Lightwater Valley Theme Park which is just 2 miles away.


The park is a popular venue for fly-fishing during the season which runs from the 1st April to the 30th September. The river is stocked with trout and there have also been grayling, chub and salmon caught here. Day tickets can be bought at reception on production of a valid Environmental Agency Rod Licence and the tariff is:




(from 2.00pm)

(under the age of 14)




Catch limit is 3 fish per day or 2 fish per half day ticket.

Salmon £20 per rod per day and any salmon caught must be put back.
A salmon fishing licence must be shown at reception and the correct equipment must be used.

Another local fly-fishing venue is at West Tanfield Lodge which has an 11½ acre lake stocked with rainbow and brown trout. For further details please ring 01677 470385.

Although fly-fishing only is permitted at Sleningford Watermill, there are other parts of the River Ure where coarse fishing is permitted.

Tickets for the river outside Newby Hall can be obtained from Newby Hall Estate (01423 322583) or from the village shop at Skelton-on-Ure.

Coarse fishing (and a tackle shop) is also available at Woodland Lakes Carp and Coarse fishery near Thirsk (07831 824870)

Angling around Boroughbridge is administered by the local angling club (01423 324776).

Sleningford Watermill, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HQ Tel: 01765 635201
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