River Ouse in Yorkshire

River Ouse in Yorkshire

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River Licensing Information

License Authority

Canal and River Trust

Further Information

Licence required from Linton to Goole

The River Ouse in Yorkshire is really a continuation of the River Ure. The Ure becomes the Ouse near Linton where it continues to flow through York.

It then continues through Selby and Goole before joining the River Trent at Trent Falls. Here it forms part of the Humber Estuary. The combined length of the Ure and Ouse is 129 miles.

A brilliant river for touring paddlers and those looking for multi-day adventures, the Linton to Goole stretch is looked after by the Canal & River Trust. This means you’re covered with a Paddle UK membership to paddle this section

It’s a real treat, especially paddling through York, a city which boasts history as far back as 71 AD when it was known as Eboracum under Roman rule.

The River Ouse in Yorkshire is quite a large river and can be quite exposed in parts. It would be wise to double check the weather, wind and water levels before you head out for a paddle as good practice. Linton Weir is also a popular spot for playboaters.

Another notable feature of the Ouse is the new White Water Facility at Linton Lock. This exciting facility combines hydro power, fish passage and a short white water course all in one place.

Paddlers are strongly advised to get out before the course (above the weir). The course and weir can be portaged easily on both banks.