River Ure

River Ure

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River Licensing Information

License Authority

Canal and River Trust

Further Information

British Canoeing memberships includes a licence for the Canal & River Trust section, from Ripon to Linton

Grade: 1-5

The most notable section is the Grade 5 rapids at Aysgarth Falls. From here to Wensley Bridge can reach Grade 4 in high waters, but otherwise the rest of the river is a lovely Grade 2-3. For the Grade 1 sections head to the wider parts of the river. 

The River Ure is a large river in Yorkshire, stretching 74 miles in total. The Ripon to Linton stretch is a navigable stretch,  meaning it’s a wider, flatter part of the river and more suited to those looking for a leisurely adventure.

If you plan on paddling further up the river, above Ripon, there are several sections to note. The river ranges from grade 1 to grade 5 white water. This means much of it is only suitable for experienced paddlers. Take care to research the stretch you are paddling before you head out.

Wildlife on the River Ure

Differing habitats along the river have their own populations of flora such as cranesbill, bistort, pignut and buttercup.

There are large populations of badgers, roe deer, red foxes and rabbits in the valley too.

Among the variety of birds that can be seen in the valley are golden plovers, curlews and oystercatchers.

Fish populations along the River Ure include brown trout, grayling, barbel, chub, roach and perch and more recently salmon.

As the river is a spate river before Ripon where it becomes the navigation, please remember to paddle mindfully and with respect for other river users.

It is worth noting that Paddle UK own a small field in Ripon where paddlers can launch and land. A small donation is requested to help with upkeep.

Things to look out for on the Ure

Care must be taken at Linton on Ouse, where the River Ure turns into the River Ouse.

The large weir, hyrdro screws and whitewater course can be portaged on both sides: on the left via the lock, or on the right hand bank, via a slipway (50m upstream of course).

The WhiteWater course is due to be open for events in 2020.