The Ripon to Boroughbridge cruise is our flagship trip. You will travel down the length of the Ripon Canal and on to the River Ure for a journey of approximately 9 miles. All the time the scenery is ever changing and wildlife abounds. Passing the back of Newby Hall gives you a view of the house and gardens along with waves from the visitors and, maybe, a toot from the train! If you like, you can stop at the hall and pay an entrance into the gardens to get yourself an ice cream and a little better look.
There are 4 locks on the trip that we have to lift, or “portage”, the canoes around; giving you an insight into some of the journeying skills using these craft. The last one, West Wick, is where we stop for a well earned lunch. During lunch, we provide tea, coffee and hot chocolate all freshly made. After that, it is a relaxing paddle down the river to the finish at Boroughbridge.
The starting point is the canal basin in Ripon on Bondgate; there we sort out boats and equipment, then take all the vehicles to the marina in Boroughbridge, our finish point. Whilst we move the vehicles, those waiting can enjoy a drink from the Forge Deli at the basin. Once we are back, it is a quick brief and then on to the water.
We can also run this trip in kayaks and inflatables if you prefer something different.
Adults £75, children Under 14 £30. Family ticket £180 (2 adults & 2 children U14).
These trips will be advertised in the events section and can be booked online from the event page. We may also be able to arrange a trip for a group at a convenient date, please contact us via the web site contact page for availability.