GUIDE TO THE RIVER OUSE

(Rawcliffe to Fulford)

NAME OF RIVER: Ouse

WHERE IS IT?: Flow through the centre of York.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: PUT-IN: At Rawcliffe Bar Park Ride at the A1237/A19 junction (SE576547). Park in the layby southbound on the A1237 near the roundabout, as opposed to in the Park Ride itself. Map here.

TAKE-OUT: Park at the York Motor Yacht Club Marina/Fulford pumping station at the end of St. Oswalds Road. Take-out just after a modern/"millenium style" bridge at the end of the first mooring of the yacht club by a green fence (SE603495). Walk across the field to a cycle path which leads to St. Oswalds Road. Map here.

APPROX LENGTH: 4.5 miles.

TIME NEEDED:

ACCESS HASSLES: None.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Always paddleable.

GRADING: I

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: None other than river traffic.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The River Ouse through York makes a perfect beginner's trip either for coaching and games related to the skills learnt at pool sessions; or at Christmas for a chilled out jolly combined with shopping and the international Christmas market in York!

OTHER NOTES: - Popular for big sightseeing cruisers, barges and rowers. Give way accordingly, generally passing on the right. Bear in mind rowers will have their back to you, so keep well clear.

- Fishermen regularly use this stretch- behave appropriately.

- Use the A64 and Ring Road when doing the shuttle - York city centre can be very busy, especially in the run up to Christmas

CONTRIBUTED BY: Matt Haydock (LUUCC).

 

 

Community Forum Comments on this Article
Re: OUSE (Rawcliffe to Fulford) -- Rjo103
2012 Dec 16 06:04:02 PM
This section also goes in flood when the volume is breathtaking. Hard to grade; big choppy water, powerful currents, trees floating down but nothing is hard. Main hazards are street furniture, bridges etc but these are also the fun as you eddy out behind buildings, take photos pinned on "no parking" signs, paddle through pedestrian tunnels etc. interest was added by slaloming around trees in the park and river bank. Worth a paddle if you're around in flood, take some cash and you may be able to persuade a local to bring a pint to your kayak, (you can paddle up side streets to get out of the flow). Rich
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