Want to join in the Great Yorkshire Canoe Expedition?

Come and join us for a spectacular two days for the Great Yorkshire Canoe Expedition along the River Ure and Ouse. Our journey starts on the banks of the River Ure in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire and then gently meanders to the finish point at Mary Gate right at the centre of the historic city of York.

What’s the itinerary?

Day 1
Your instructor will meet you and your group in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. They will have all the equipment you’ll need for The Great Yorkshire Canoe Expedition.

Once all of our personal and group equipment is packed into the canoes, we will embark on our adventure leaving the vehicles behind.

Along the way your instructors will teach you all the required canoeing techniques you’ll need during your Great Yorkshire Canoe Expedition.This will include navigating your craft along the river easily, efficiently and safely making the journey as smooth and relaxing as possible. There will be plenty of breaks and a stop for lunch along the way.

The first day’s canoeing will finish at Linton Locks Marina. Here we will need to erect our tents, then off to the onsite pub for our evening meal which is included in the package.
Day 2
After breakfast (also included in the package) at Linton Locks Marina, we continue to paddle into York with a lunch break along the way. The river traffic will steadily increase as we get closer to York, passing numerous canal boats, barges, rowing boats and full river cruisers taking tourists along the banks of the River Ouse.

We will arrive at our destination at Mary Gate in York mid afternoon. After a leg stretch, we will hop into the How Stean bus which will be waiting to transport us back to the starting point.


All you will need to bring along is lunch and drinks to keep you going for the first day. Our evening meal and breakfast will be catered for by Linton Locks onsite pub where we will be able to pre-order our choices and meal times. How Stean will provide a packed lunch for day 2.

If you or any member of your group has any specific dietary requirements please inform us before the Expedition so we can make sure anyone who has allergies has suitable refreshments available.

Transport and Accommodation

We will meet at Boroughbridge and pack everything that you don’t need for the day into the How Stean minibus. e.g sleeping bags, clothing, personal possessions. This will then be transported to the campsite ready for your arrival.

Tents and sleeping mats will be provided by How Stean Gorge unless you would like to bring your own. At the end of the Expedition we will transport you back to your vehicles.

Please read our Terms and Conditions Prior to Booking

The Great Yorkshire Canoe Expedition FAQ’s

  1. How much does it cost?
    This expedition is for 2 days and costs £210 per person with a minimum of 5 people for this activity to go ahead.
  2. What‘s included?
    • Briefing and Instruction
    • Two Day Canoe Adventure
    • Evening Meal (Day 1)
    • Breakfast and Packed Lunch and Snacks (Day 2)
    • All Personal Protective Equipment
    • Dry containers for your personal kit required during the day
    • Camping Fees, Tents and Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Mats
    • Return Transport to the start location/your vehicles
    • A Friendly, Highly Qualified Canoe Instructor
  3. How fit do I need to be?
    You will need to have a basic fitness level to participate in this session. Your instructors will teach you lots of skills and techniques along the way, so if you have not been canoeing before don’t worry.
  4. Why choose How Stean Gorge?
    You will be safely cared for by our friendly, professional, highly experienced instructors . We make everything as easy as possible so there’s more time to spend on your activity.
  5. Can I take the whole family?
    Of course! Anybody aged 7 years and above can take part. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is an ideal choice for a corporate event, stag do or hen party with a difference!
  6. What is the minimum number of people I can book?
    The minimum booking for this trip is 8 people. It’s great fun for stag dos, hen parties and groups of friends and family.
  7. Where do we meet?
    Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.

Medical Consent Form

Your instructor will provide you will a Medical / Consent Form on arrival. For a young person under the age of 18 this this need to be completed by the parent or guardian.

What do I need to bring?

You will receive a full kit list at the time of booking to enable you to prepare for your expedition all safety equipment is supplied by us.

Great location. We arrived early for canoeing and so took the opportunity to go for a walk and have lunch at the cafe. The location is outstanding. The food and staff at the cafe - all lovely. Friendly people and filling portions. Canoeing - amazing experience. Victoria (our instructor) was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Plus very patient when I panicked early on! She was fab company and made the experience so much fuller with the information she could tell us about the area. Fab day, can't think of a single fault!! My one tip, take extra pairs of socks!! 5 stars ***** Claire C

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