Sleningford Watermill Caravan & Camping Park - Activities
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 River Ure rises high above Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales and flows through the spectacular landscape of Wensleydale. Meandering through the flat U-shaped glacial valley floor, it tumbles over Aysgarth Falls, then on to the brewing and market town of Masham. Below Masham, the valley opens out into broad swathes of rich agricultural land. The river loops through West Tanfield on its way to Ripon. Turning east to pass Boroughbridge, it is joined by the River Swale in the huge floodplain at Myton-on-Swale.
Canoeists are welcome to paddle within Sleningford Watermill's boundaries throughout the year with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This is subject to the relevant terms and conditions being observed by individuals and groups. Fees per paddler are listed below and should be paid at reception before entering the water. An honesty box is available during the closed season.
A reduced rate is available for those pre-booking for their day visit as either individuals or groups, using the booking form on the website. (Pre-booking of large groups is essential.) This helps us with planning, especially space on the courtyard car park. No access charges apply when canoeists/ kayakers are staying overnight at Sleningford. The managers reserve their right to refuse access if the park is too busy and/or no prior agreement for the visit of a large group has been sought.
Groups should re-familiarise themselves with the access agreement in the Park Information room and ensure they have risk assessments in place and perform dynamic risk assessments on the day. Risk assessments should be e-mailed to the Park, although receipt by the managers does not qualify them as suitable or sufficient. The BCU can give guidance on the completion of risk assessments and information is available on their website. Unaccompanied children should not be left in the park unsupervised.
All canoeists (whether staying on the park or day visitors) must adhere to the BCU’s safety guidelines as follows:
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL MOVING WATER IS DANGEROUS AND AFTER HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE DALES, THE RIVER CAN RISE DRAMATICALLY THEREBY INCREASING THE RISKS CONSIDERABLY.
Fees include water access, car parking, use of toilets, showers and canoeists’ changing room.
Please note we do not have any rental equipment for canoeing or kayaking.
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:
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.
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