(North of the Trent drainage, flowing to the North Sea)

Regional Editor: Jim Pullen



RIVER AIRE (Aire Wave) - a big fun (but dirty!) playwave at the right level.

RIVER AIRE (Castleford Weir) - an alternative playspot to the Aire wave.

RIVER CALDER (Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course) - a good training facility.

RIVER DERWENT (Yorkshire Derwent, Howsham Weir) - playspot being maintained by YUCC. (photos)

RIVER OUSE (Linton Weir) - A popular playspot.

RIVER TEES (Tees Barrage International White Water Centre) - the recently upgraded artificial whitewater course. (photos)


RIVER BAIN - England's shortest river?

BOLLIHOPE BURN - Spate trib of the Wear, mostly two, but finishes with a 5.

RIVER CALDER (Hebden Bridge to Sowerby Bridge) - grade 2 with weirs.

RIVER CALDER (Sowerby Bridge Whitewater Course to Brighouse) - more grade 2 with weirs.

RIVER COQUET (Alnwinton to Rothbury) - Bouncy grade 2.

RIVER DEARNE (Darfield to Confluence with the River Don at Conisbrough) - South Yorkshire touring.

RIVER DERWENT (County Durham Derwent) - easy whitewater in the northeast.

RIVER DERWENT (Yorkshire Derwent, Malton to Stamford Bridge)

RIVER DERWENT (Yorkshire Derwent, Kexby to Wheldrake Ings)

RIVER DERWENT(Yorkshire Derwent, Breighton to Barmsby)

RIVER DON - easy whitewater near Sheffield.

RIVER DON (Doncaster Prison to Barnby Dun) - some interesting weirs.

RIVER ESK (Egton to Sleights)

RIVER HOLME (Sands to Magdale) - pleasant paddling with a few weirs.

RIVER HULL (Driffield to Beverley)

RIVER HULL (Rowing Club to Humber confluence) - a chance to relish the centre of Hull.

RIVER NIDD (Goldsborough to Kirk Hammerton) - gentle paddle near Harrogate.

RIVER OUSE (Source to York) - easy touring.

RIVER OUSE (Rawcliffe to Fulford) - touring through the centre of York.

RIVER RYE - Tree dodging on the North Yorkshire Moors.

RIVER SOUTH TYNE (Slaggyford to Haltwhistle) - easy touring.

RIVER SOUTH TYNE (Haydon Bridge to Hexham) - easier than the North Tyne.

RIVER SWALE (Annerside Bridge to Grinton) - mellow touring in beautiful countryside.

RIVER SWALE (Grinton to Richmond) - mellow touring in beautiful countryside.

RIVER SWALE (Richmond to Catterick) - an intro to whitewater with a nice playwave.

RIVER SWALE (Catterick to Ure Confluence) - multi-day touring.

RIVER TEES (Cauldron Snout to High Force) - rarely run bit of the Tees with a long walk-in and must-make get-out!

RIVER TEES (Newbiggin to Middleton-in-Teesdale) - flat stretch joining up the low force and race course sections.

RIVER TEES (Winston to Piercebridge) - a great intro to mellow whitewater.

RIVER TEES (Neasham to Over Dinsdale) - plenty of wildlife.

RIVER TEES (Over Dinsdale to Yarm) - pleasent touring on the lower river.

RIVER TEES (Yarm to the Barrage) - touring the final bit before the barrage.

RIVER URE (West Tanfield to Ouse) - multi-day touring.

WASKERLEY BECK - Fence dodging trib of the Wear with an interesting put on.

RIVER WEAR (Eastgate to Stanhope)

RIVER WEAR (Stanhope to Wolsingham)

RIVER WEAR (Wolsingham to Witton-le-Wear)

RIVER WEAR (Bishop Auckland to Sunderland Bridge)

RIVER WEAR (Sunderland Bridge to Durham)

RIVER WEAR (Durham City to Finchale Priory)

RIVER WEAR (Finchale Priory to Chester-le-Street)

RIVER WHARFE (Hubberholme to Kettlewell)

RIVER WHARFE (Grassington to Barden Bridge) - includes Appletreewick rapid. (photos)

RIVER WHARFE (Bolton to Ilkley)

RIVER WHARFE (Ilkley to Otley)

WHORLTON BECK - blink and you'll miss it; a tiny fun tributary of the Tees. (photos)

WIDDALE BECK - A short, easy trib of the Ure near Hawes. (photos)



RIVER ALLEN (Cupola Bridge to River South Tyne confluence) - a gem of the Northeast. (photos)

ARKLE BECK - spate trib of the Swale.

ASHGILL BECK - a tributary of the upper South Tyne.

RIVER BALDER - tree ditch Tees trib. (photos)

BLACK BROOK - an industrial adventure in West Yorkshire. (photos)

CHIRDON BURN - a short section of waterfalls in the Kielder Forest. (photos)

RIVER COQUET (Blindburn to Alwinton) - Good spate paddle high up in the Cheviot.

COWSIDE BECK - Great spate trib of the Skirfare flowing into Arncliffe. (photos)

DEVILS WATER - the coolest named river in the NE. (photos)

RIVER EAST ALLEN (Sinderdale Ford to Allendale Town) - an adventurous spate trip in Northumberland.

LITTLE EGGLESHOPE BECK - as obscure as ditch paddling gets! (photos)

EGGLESTON BURN - a spate River Tees tributary. (photos)

RIVER ESK (Houlyke to Egton Bridge) - a varied spate stream on the North York Moors.

FLUSHIEMERE BECK - a rarely paddleable waterfall run near the upper Tees. (photos)

RIVER GRETA (Rutherford to the Tees confluence) - if it's rained really hard... (photos)

GREEN FIELD BECK (Source to Beckermond) - spate stream forming the Wharfe.

HARDEN BECK - Spate trib of the Aire including Goit Stock Waterfall.

HEBDEN WATER - West Yorkshire's best WW?

HUDESHOPE BECK - spate beck flowing into the Tees at Middleton-in-Teesdale.

ICKORNSHAW BECK - spate beck near Colne.

KEX BECK - rarely runnable steep tributary of the Wharfe.

KILLHOPE BURN - trib of the Upper Wear, only possible in epic water levels.

LINHOPE BURN - spate exploring in the Cheviot, starting with an 18m fall!

RIVER NORTH TYNE - the home of the Tyne Tours. (photos)

OSMOND CROFT BECK - short Tees 'rockslide' tributary. (photos)

OUGHTERSHAW BECK - one of the sources of the Wharfe.

OUSE BURN - Urban spate boating in central Newcastle.

PEN-Y-GHENT GILL - Great spate trib of the Skirfare.

ROOKHOPE BURN - an unusual tributary of the Wear. (photos)

RIVER SKIRFARE - a 'wire fence slalom' tributary of the Wharfe.

SLEIGHTHOLME BECK - a rarely run trib of the Greta with a dodgy looking gorge.

SPURLSWOOD BECK - a small beck between Teesdale and Weardale. (photos)

RIVER SOUTH TYNE (Tynehead to Garrigill) - spate paddling at the source.

RIVER SOUTH TYNE (Garrigill to Alston) - spate grade 2-3 paddling.

RIVER SOUTH TYNE (Alston to Slaggyford) - a good spate trip.

STONESDALE BECK - small, steep spate trib of the Upper Swale.

RIVER TEES (High Force to Wynch Bridge) - the most spectacular put-in in the UK? (photos)

RIVER TEES (Below Low Force) - a short, but worthwhile addition to the High Force to Low Force stretch.

RIVER TEES (Middleton in Teesdale to Barnard Castle) - including the 'racecourse' section. (photos)

RIVER TEES (Barnard Castle to Whorlton Falls) - including Abbey Rapids. (photos)

RIVER TEES (Whorlton Falls to Winston Bridge) - addition to the classic section above. (photos)

RIVER TILL (Etal Village to Twizel Village) - easy ww trip in Northumbria.

RIVER URE (Aysgarth Falls to Wensley Bridge) - An easy trip with a few harder falls/ portages.

RIVER URE (Hack Falls to West Tanfield) - a good spot for learning WW skills. (photos)

USWAY BURN - Exploratory paddling in the cheviot.

RIVER WASHBURN - the saviour of the north in Summer! (photos)

RIVER WEAR (Wear Head to Eastgate) - good grade 3 fun in spate. (photos)

RIVER WEST ALLEN - a spate tributary of the Allen, near Hexham. (photos)

WEST BECK - a fun spate tributary of the Esk, near Whitby. (photos)

RIVER WHARFE (above Hubberholme) - a scenic spate run. (photos)

RIVER WHARFE (Kettlewell to Grassington) - A popular Yorkshire trip. (photos)

RIVER WHARFE (Barden Bridge to Bolton Bridge) - including the 'Strid' rapid. (photos)

WHITSUNDALE BECK An addition to the Upper Swale in high water.


ELLER BECK - Short, but intense spate beck in the North Yorkshire Moors.

RIVER SWALE (Hoggarth's Bridge to Muker) - a crunchy waterfall paddle. (photos)

SWINDALE BECK - crunchy waterfall beck near Brough. (photos)

RIVER TEES (Cauldron Snout) - it's going to hurt... (photos)

RIVER URE (Aysgarth Falls) - England's biggest Whitewater?

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Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: North East England -- stuartcm83
2015 Apr 09 11:35:35 AM
I paddled the River Nidd from Goldsborough to the A59 at the weekend, I would be happy to contribute my findings. Should I post them here?

Re: North East England -- Jim Pullen
2014 Aug 06 09:49:47 AM
A number of the above "missing" list now feature in the new edition of English White Water. Which I had the priviledge to edit and complie for the northern sections - it has a massively expanded North East Section compared to the original edition (~100 sections, compared to ~60 in the original).

Where these are new guides sent to me for use in the 2nd edition that don't already appear on UKRGB, I'll check with the authors and then add UKRGB versions of them to the site in due course. Examples include Cray Gill, How Stean Beck, Gayle Beck, etc....
Re: North East England -- Jim Pullen
2012 Nov 27 07:48:59 PM
"andypagett" wrote:
"Jim Pullen" wrote:
Calder (all of it apart from Sowerby Bridge to Brighouse)

So if you've run any of these, please get guide writing!

Our club does Hebden Bridge to (beyond) Sowerby Bridge some times... did it last weekend. Can write up our notes on the various weirs etc in to guide format if you like? Also, not this region, but could do Derbyshire Derwent from Darley Abbey downwards, and some bits of the Trent that aren't on this site?

That'll be great if you could - pm it to me and I'll stick it up.
For the Trent, I think peakfreak is doing the midlands, so pm him, or failing that Mark R.
Re: Missing Rivers List -- andypagett
2012 Nov 27 07:04:58 PM
"Jim Pullen" wrote:
Calder (all of it apart from Sowerby Bridge to Brighouse)

So if you've run any of these, please get guide writing!

Our club does Hebden Bridge to (beyond) Sowerby Bridge some times... did it last weekend. Can write up our notes on the various weirs etc in to guide format if you like? Also, not this region, but could do Derbyshire Derwent from Darley Abbey downwards, and some bits of the Trent that aren't on this site?
Re: North East England -- Jim Pullen
2012 Jul 02 01:06:37 PM
New guide to Killhope burn added on 29/06/12. Thanks to Dave Peel.
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