For many years, Yorkshire Water has supported recreational use of its land, rivers and reservoirs. Available activities have ranged from walking, cycling and horse-riding to fishing and water-sports - including paddle-sports.
In the Dales, Yorkshire Water supports England's premier dam-released white water facility: The Washburn. Elsewhere in Yorkshire, centres such as Howstean Gorge and Underbank Outdoor Activity Centre provide canoeists and kayakers with sustainable, inclusive, affordable access to key Yorkshire Water reservoirs.
In June 2015, Yorkshire Water invited the Yorkshire Region of British Canoeing to an "Exploring Opportunities On Our Land" event to discuss extending recreational opportunities, and in September 2015 the region proposed assorted “more and better places to paddle” initiatives which would serve as a model for partnership working throughout the UK.
Yorkshire Water news
Washburn Boaterfest 2017
A weekend of Playboating & Boater-X on England's Premier Dam Release River
On Monday 24th July, Colin Skeath and Davis Gould-Duff successfully completed the first ever circumnavigation of mainland Britain by open canoe...
Yorkshire Water events
Song-of-the-Paddle "Big Meet" 2016 @ Ripon
Magdalen's Road, Ripon. HG4 1HX.
Annual gathering of Open Boaters - based around members of the Song-of-the-Paddle forum - getting together this year on the banks of the River Ure in North Yorkshire...
Playboating, Boater-X, National Championship Racing, a BBQ and a Party at England's Premier Dam Release River...
Summer Paddlesports Festival - Playboating, Boater-X, National Championship Racing, a BBQ and a Party at England's Premier Dam Release River...