“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
What a way to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales drifting down a river in an open canoe. David and Helen Adams of River Mountain Experience here in Yorkshire met up with Penny and Henry to discuss exactly that and already we have the first trip planned. A gentle paddle from Ripon to Boroughbridge down the River Ure taking in a couple of lock gates to allow legs to be stretched. Before even launching the boats on the Ripon Canal, refreshments can be enjoyed at the Forge Deli to further enhance your paddle picnic put together at the Lodge. Buoyancy aids, qualified guides and dry bags to store valuables are all supplied but you would need to bring a sense of humour, old shoes and warm clothes.
River Mountain Experience
Paddling past Newby Hall provides a grand and stunning backdrop and you may be able to grab an ice cream, spot the miniature railway or even a wedding taking place in the gardens as you start to learn the skills to manoeuvre your little vessel more expertly. It’s out again at the weir to carry your boat around and stop for lunch at West Wick. There is no rush and a long lazy lunch is not unusual especially if there is a wealth of birds to see from kingfishers, heron, cormorants and oyster catchers. The world takes on a slower pace on the river.
This 7 mile/11kms paddle is a great trip for those who are inexperienced in canoes and even complete beginners from 7 years upwards. The water is usually flat calm and peaceful.
At Boroughbridge, a hot cup of Yorkshire tea or a pint of local ale await you before the journey back to the lodge for steaming showers and a roaring fire. The guest lounge may be the ideal place to gather and look at photos of the day, certain of some laughter over memorable moments.
Penny & Henry