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River Hull - Driffield to Beverley

Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:57 am
by Jim Pullen

Re: River Hull - Driffield to Beverley

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:40 am
by Alan Burgess
River Hull is in East Yorkshire, not North yorkshire

Re: River Hull - Driffield to Beverley

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:11 am
by Mark Gawler
Alan Burgess wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:40 am
River Hull is in East Yorkshire, not North yorkshire
Thank you for your correction.

Re: River Hull - Driffield to Beverley

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:44 pm
by Jan13

Re: River Hull - Driffield to Beverley: WARNING!

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:49 pm
by Jan13
Always fancied this paddle. So on the strength of this guide and a YouTube post from April 2017, a few of us tried it in a mix of Canadians and kayaks a few days ago. We put in the canal at Wansford and paddled north towards Driffield to swap to the river at the point suggested in the guide to return, forming a loop.

Despite the fact that the river is beautiful – crystal clear with quite a nice steady flow to help you along, it is NOT “very easy to paddle down…”
Be warned - there are major access issues – both human and physical.

The river flows directly through a trout farm in the middle of which there is a vertical weir equipped with guillotine type flood gates making it impossible to get a boat through. The only way forward is to get out onto the very restricted bank and attempt to get in below. This is easier said than done - the bank to get back in, is about 2 metres high with a steep slope directly into tree branches and posts. Furthermore, the land is owned by the fish farmer who took great exception to our messing about on his property. He gave us the old “You have to get the permission of every land-owner to pass along this river – there’s no right of navigation.”

Although tempted to argue, we played the ignorant card. I can be a bit militant about river access but even I had to concede he did have some cause to be annoyed at our walking about on his farm - I might have felt justified in starting an argument if we were just on the water.

He refused to let us cross his drive to get back in the canal, so we had no alternative but to carry on down river. He then warned us that there were “numerous obstacles all the way back to Wansford and you’ll never make it.” As it turned out, “numerous,” meant just two.

The first was a fallen tree just downstream of the fish farm, which we managed to get the boats over in rather acrobatic fashion. (The river is fenced in right to the bank meaning there’s no alternative.)
The second was low trees and branches just before Wansford Bridge. These proved to be impassable meaning we couldn’t actually reach the get out. Fortunately, a very friendly and bemused lady spotted our predicament from her garden and let us land there and even allowed us to bring our cars up to load the boats!

So the upshot is that the section from Driffield to Wansford is effectively unnavigable without a lot of hassle, undeniable tresspass and /or a folding saw. I suggest the description in the guide is altered to include this warning.
A better idea may be start from Wansford and head downstream from there. The fish farms to the south are disused and now form part of a nature reserve. Don’t know if anyone’s aware of access issues with this bit?