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Ripon canal at our starting point
Ripon canal at our starting point

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Route No. 95 - 8 February 2004
Ripon Canal and River Ure circuit - 12km
Ripon . . .

Map:OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge at 1:25000
Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

 


It was a lovely sunny morning so we drove to Ripon and parked at map ref. SE 323704 in a little car park near the Ripon marina and the waterways information office, alongside the Ripon canal and next to the racecourse. It was a lovely bright morning with a gusty cold wind. We set off along the tow path towards Boroughbridge at about 10.30. There are a couple of wildfowl observation hides built alongside the towpath and we stopped for a few minutes to look at the dozens of greylag and canada geeses, tufted ducks, coots, oyster catchers and various gulls.

Tufted ducks on the wetlands beside the canal at Ripon racecourse
Tufted ducks on the wetlands beside the canal at Ripon racecourse

We continued along the towpath to Ox Close lock at map ref. SE 332680 where the canal joins the River Ure. We continued on the river bank beyond Newby Hall (there is one field that is not a public right of way but it seems to be well walked). At the lock at map ref. SE 355667 we turned away from the river to the road at map ref. SE 351665 and followed the road to the edge of Bishop Monkton. We took the path across the fields to rejoin the river bank at map ref. SE 338674, where there was an intrepid angler huddled into his camoflage gear against the wind. We retraced our steps back to our starting point. The whole route was about 12km and took us just over three hours.

Ox Close lock on the Ripon canal
Ox Close lock on the Ripon canal
Newby Hall from the riverside path
Newby Hall from the riverside path

Bridge over the canal at map ref. SE330686
Bridge over the canal at map ref. SE 330686

Looking across the river Ure to Newby Hall
Looking across the river Ure to Newby Hall

The marina next to Ripon racecourse
The marina next to Ripon racecourse