Ripon to Boroughbridge Kayak Experience

£69.00 6 hours

*Please Note: Minimum/Maximum number of participants may apply to some activities. For short notice availability or if you are unable to select the numbers of places for this event that you require, please call us or get in touch via our Contact page to discuss other alternatives.


Our Ripon to Boroughbridge Kayak Experience on the River Ure is aimed at people who are complete beginners wanting a ‘kayaking river journey’, those looking for a fun day out with like-minded people doing something a little different or those looking for a fun and exciting family day.

Our kayaking adventure from Ripon to Boroughbridge unfolds at our office in Boroughbridge, situated on the River Ure’s edge. Here, you’ll find convenient amenities such as toilets, showers, parking, and a secure space for storing your valuables. Once geared up with the necessary equipment, we’ll hop in a taxi (paid by Alfresco Adventures), to the starting point in Ripon.

Before hitting the water, our staff will provide a basic introduction to kayaking, offering enough guidance to get you started. The journey kicks off on the Ripon canal, providing an ideal setting to hone your skills. A few kilometers into our paddle, passing through a couple of locks, we pause at the well-maintained Oxclose Lock for a rejuvenating break. After replenishing snacks and recharging, our adventure continues onto the meandering River Ure.

Gliding down the wide, slow-moving river, you’ll be accompanied by the serene sounds of water and birds. Keep an eye out for riverside wildlife, including kingfishers, herons, and other fascinating creatures. Our route takes us past the splendid gardens of Newby Hall, reaching the halfway point at Westwick Lock. Here, at the picturesque Westwick Lock, we take another break for a picnic-style lunch (bring your own).

Post-lunch, the journey resumes, guiding us all the way to the charming town of Boroughbridge, where we conclude our adventure back at our office. After changing and getting ready to depart with a smile on your face, we’ll share with you the photos taken during the adventure, providing a lasting memory of your experience.

As Kenneth Grahame said “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

No Spaces available? Please check for alternative dates or if you have four or more people we can run a private trip exclusively for you on a date that suits you.


Boroughbridge Marina
YO51 9GF


• Footwear. Trainers or wetsuit boots (NO wellingtons)
• Swim wear. To go under the wetsuit
• Towel
• Drink. At least 1 litre (NO alcohol)
• Lunch (picnic style)
• Personal Medication. Any prescription medicines you need such as inhaler
• Sun Glasses. The reflection from the water can be very bad on the eyes
• Sun Screen. We highly recommend factor 30 minimum

We provide all the other safety equipment, a cagoule, waterproof phone/ key case and a dry-bag (waterproof bag) to carry your spare clothes, lunch and other personal belongings.

The kayaking experience day from Ripon to Boroughbridge is 11km (7 miles) in length and is approximately a 5 hour round trip.
Minimum age 12 years. Ideal for individuals, couples and small groups. The spaces are limited to nine people and are sold on a first come first serve basis. Once you book you will automatically receive an email which will allow you to download all the information.

If the date we are offering on our ‘Shared Experiences’ doesn’t suit you, we offer private bookings for every activity and experience we offer! With private bookings we don’t add additional people to your booking and every activity/ experience is tailored specifically to your needs and requirements.

If you do have any questions about this experience, please do not hesitate to get in touch.