GUIDE TO THE RIVER HULL
(Driffield to Beverley)
NAME OF RIVER: Hull
WHERE IS IT?: East Yorkshire, between Driffield Hull city using OS map 107.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: At Driffield near the Station Grid ref:TA 028572 on the Driffield Canal then portage onto the river Hull half a mile outside the Town Grid ref: TA 032568.
Finish at Tickton bridge Grid ref:TA 055417 just NE outside Beverley on the A1035 (there are other access points but rather obscure).
APPROX LENGTH: 22km
TIME NEEDED: A full day if youre in a hurry.
ACCESS HASSLES: The river flows very close to the Driffield Canal which is a public waterway.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Deep flowing water.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: There is a broken weir underneath the bridge at Wansford which may have barbed wire crossing the river. There is a weir Near Hempholme.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This is the most northerly chalk stream in the UK. Clear water with some enormous trout Grayling higher up.
The River Hull between Driffield North Frodingham is fished by an exclusive club but I've never seen any of them. Paddle outside the season if youre worried or avoid that section by using the canal.
Below Beverley the river is increasingly tidal and muddy.
OTHER NOTES: An interesting paddle in the flat lands of Holderness. It is very easy to paddle down sections of the River Hull and return via the Driffield canal which is never far away.
CONTRIBUTED BY: David Perry.
Despite the fact that the river is beautiful – crystal clear with quite a nice steady flow to help you along, it is
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
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
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?
"Alan Burgess" wrote:
River Hull is in East Yorkshire, not North yorkshire
Thank you for your correction.