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Location and Access

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) - Approximately HG3 4PD by Sat Nav.

During water releases, canoeists have access/egress at numerous places along the river Washburn. During cruises, it is normal to launch by the car park at the beginning of the course [SE 155574]. The Access car park is reached by following the sign to West End along the narrowing road and entering the site via a metal gate on the right hand side just before a very steep hill. Follow the forest road to the car park located at the foot of the dam.

The recommended egress is now the Woodyard which is owned by the region and open for all tour events. There are toilets and parking here. When on the river, egress river left immediately after the cricket ground, where a good path leads across to the parking are in the Woodyard. This is before you paddle under the A59.  

To reach the Woodyard by car, leave the top car par following the forest track back to the road. Turn left and follow the minor road back to the A59.  On the A59 turn left cross the river and take the first left (signed Patley Bridge) as you head up hill take the first turn in through wooden gate down the track to woodyard parking. 

Larger vehicles should access the Woodyard by turning off the A59 turn of immediately after crossing the river and using the track infront of the cottages to reach the Woodyard. 
While the previous egress to the car park adjacent to the A59 Harrogate to Skipton Road at the crossroads by Blubberhouses Church is still available, this has height barrier on it and generally fills up quickly with walkers, so the it is strongly recommended paddlers now use the Woodyard.

For more details and photos, see the River Guide.