Sleningford Watermill Caravan & Camping Park - Canoeing
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.
Subject to the relevant terms and conditions being observed by individuals and groups, canoeists are welcome to paddle within Sleningford Watermill's boundaries throughout the year with the following exceptions:
- Late May Bank Holiday Weekend
- August Bank Holiday Weekend
- Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Weekends during June, July and August are invariably full, so Canoeists are also advised to avoid these times and should certainly call ahead to check before presuming access will be granted. Once we have reached capacity we are unable to accept any further guests onto the park, including day paddlers.
THE MANAGERS RESERVE THEIR RIGHT TO REFUSE ACCESS IF THE PARK IS TOO BUSY AND/OR NO PRIOR AGREEMENT FOR A VISIT HAS BEEN SOUGHT.
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 at busy times or for large groups at all times, 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.
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 inthe 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.
Sleningford Watermill, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HQ Tel: 01765 635201