GUIDE TO THE RIVER DERWENT
(Malton to Stamford Bridge)
NAME OF RIVER: Derwent
WHERE IS IT?: North Yorkshire (use os maps 100 105) Easily accessible from York by good roads.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: At Old Malton (800726, Multimap) next to the Abbey there is ample parking and a short carry via public path onto the river.
Low Hutton (cramped): Possible barbed wire
Kirkham: Easy and uses public path on left bank
Howsham bridge: roadside parking.
Stamford Bridge: The best place is below the bridge on left bank which joins a recreational area.
APPROX LENGTH: 27km
TIME NEEDED: Best done over two days camping on river. Best place for a wild camp where no one will bother you is Howsham wood at the lower end using the corner of field next to the wood (744638).
ACCESS HASSLES: This was the subject of a court battle about 15 years ago regarding public access. Shockingly, canoeists lost (but are generally tolerated). The nearer you get to York the more fishermen use it. Ask which side of the river to paddle and I've not encountered problems.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: The river is clear in low water but is always deep. You can paddle this river and most of its tributary's in the driest of conditions.
GRADING: Largely flatwater paddling in deep water. Perhaps grade I around Crambeck where it becomes a little shallow.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Higher up you may encounter fallen trees right across the river.
Two weirs, the one at Howsham can be shot using open canoes using the narrow sluice in the centre (at least it could be when I lived there in the 1980's) and Buttercrambe weir. They can easily be inspected and/or portaged if needed.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The river is largely hemmed in by banks but goes through a pleasantly wooded section below Low Hutton and past some attractive villages. A quite, undisturbed paddle. Nice clear water is useful if you are into fish watching and otters are present.
OTHER NOTES: This is an excellent river for trouble free overnight trips. The tributaries have all been canoed by me, The Rye from Helmsley and Costa Beck from various places. It is also possible to start on the Derwent from much higher up nearer Scarborough but the river flows through agricultural land hemmed in by banks and not particularly interesting from a canoeist's perspective.
CONTRIBUTED BY: David Perry.
"Paul Lister" wrote:I would like to point out the Access situtaion is by far not easy I would like to point out that you may be going to court
It is Illegal to even throw a STICK in to the river for your dog since 1991 high court judgement
the Country Landowners association
and also various land Owners
I wish people would do there home work on this river
I do not enjoy the conservations with the land owners late at night with illegal entrants
and the odd group is not helping the situation I have tried for many years to get open access for non Powered craft and then
some one goes along and puts stuff on the website and kills all the work I try to preserve.
also the Howsham Weir is a hot topic a new land owner, We spent 6 months getting the salmon weekend to go ahead,
thanks Paul Lister
Access officer for Malton and Norton Canoe Club
also Access officer for Yorkshire
there are also problems at elvington
Received today. Not entirely sure what the first line is about, as it's not inline with Canoe England's current interpretation of trespass laws. Have people actually been walking across private land, or just accessing the water from public land and getting shouted at? I'm going to invite Paul to post further info.
Landowner has confirmed this in a letter to one of the local canoe clubs.