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Return to the Washburn - August 2020

Date 22nd - 23rd August 2020

Venue Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire

Half Day Tickets Saturday & Sunday!

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Photo credit: Sean Quinn - JustPhotosByMe

Update - and it's a GREAT one

Awesome news: we're getting boating back to the Washburn! Yorkshire Water have come up trumps...

The events planned for 22nd/23rd August should be fine to proceed...

– Yorkshire Water

A team has been working behind the scenes to get all the Covid-19 precautions into place - and plans are finally in place for Washburn releases throughout Saturday 22nd August & Sunday 23rd August!

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Control measures for Covid-19 mean this will not be as in the past. Pre-Booking WILL be essential. PLEASE respect that this will be a TICKET ONLY event.

We're LIVE - Book Now!

Our system for booking is now live!
Before booking you MUST be logged into the British Canoeing Portal.
To complete your booking, follow this link: Return to the Washburn

Feel free to get into touch via social media or by email if you experience any difficulties.


Covid-19 - How it's going to work...

Everyone attending the Washburn Cruise will be expected to observe social distancing guidelines at all times. In addition, please note: 

  • Pre-booking will be essential: non-ticket holders will be turned away
  • Consent MUST be given for Contact Tracing
  • Overall numbers will be limited (40 per session) 
  • Those attending should be entirely self-sufficient (including food & drink)
  • All attending should be self sufficient for personal hand-sanitiser & masks
  • Toilet facilities will be one-in, one-out
  • ALL those accessing the water should be paddling within their capabilities
  • Maximum group size: six (no swapping of groups) 
  • Any shuttles provided (not guaranteed) will be BOAT ONLY
  • All attending must report any symptoms developed in the week following the event


Updated Participation Statement

The Washburn Commitee's Participation Statement (including Terms of Use) have been updated to incorporate Covid-19 control measures. Please view this here

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General Washburn Guidance

The River Washburn is a tributary of the River Wharfe, mid way between Skipton and Harrogate in the Yorkshire Dale. Events take place on the dam-controlled stretch of river between Thruscross (SE155574) and Fewston Reservoirs (SE169554) - check out the location here.

Full details are on The Washburn Pages... where you can explore these links:

Unless otherwise advised, the charges for British Canoeing members are £10 (adults) / £6 (under 18s) - day tickets are available for non-members. Details here.

Please note: paddling on the reservoirs is strictly prohibited.

We're on Facebook, as is the Yorkshire & Humberside Region - and we have an active Yorkshire Paddlers group for sharing events, photos and anything else.