Boroughbridge Canal Walk
Enjoy an easy walk along the River Ure and the Ripon Canal on this route from Boroughbridge to Ripon. It's about a 6 mile walk along riverside paths and a flat canal towpath with lots of barges, locks and bridges to see on the way.
Start the walk from Roecliffe, just to the west of the town. From here you can pick up footpaths running along the River Ure to Newby Hall. The 18th century house is open to the public from 21 March until 1 October. It's a lovely spot with the grounds including views over the River Ure, extensive herbaceous borders and woodland walks.
After passing the hall you pick up the Ripon Canal which you can follow into Ripon. The canal forms part of the long distance Ripon Rowel which takes you on a tour of the countryside and villages surrounding the city. You can continue along the trail to extend your walk.
Boroughbridge Canal Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Boroughbridge Canal Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Boroughbridge Canal Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Boroughbridge Canal Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a couple of miles south west and you could visit the delightful Staveley Nature Reserve. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve includes a series of lakes and watercourses where you can look for a variety of wildlife including otters and various wildfowl.
Also nearby is the magnificent Studley Park and Fountains Abbey where you will find 800 acres of parkland and gardens with miles of good footpaths to try.