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.