West Tanfield, North
Grid Reference SE280783
Postcode HG4 3HQ
The Slenningford Watermill slalom event is located at West Tanfield in North
Yorkshire, 5.5 miles north of Ripon. The event is run by the West Yorkshire Canoe
Club, based in Pontefract, West Yorks, and normally takes place towards the end of
September. The course is a Div 3/4 open event and is normally entered by over
200 people over the weekend - one of the largest events on the calender.
The course generally starts at the end of the island section of the grade 2/3
rapid and follows the rapid around the corner to the flat section.
Generally Div 4 paddlers seem to be able to cope on the rapids, and the course is
often used by new upcoming paddlers.
If you are not paddling, there is always plenty happening nearby. Within
30mins from West Tanfield are Lightwater Valley Theme Park and the city of
Ripon. Because the slalom is run on a campsite, you're never too far away from the
action. The site is well known to kayakers and has all the facilities you need,
including flushing toilets, games room (Slalom Control), site shop and kayaking shop!
Also, since the 50th birthday party of the West Yorkshire Canoe Club a hog roast
has been organised, and it's an excellent evening!
Come along to one of the largest slalom events on the calender, and have a
great social weekend!
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current, sharper eddy-lines, some drops that can be intimidating, possible to
set crosses on small waves, often rocky.
Even courses that are usually easy can become
dangerous in exceptional high water conditions. If in doubt, seek advice or stay
off the water.
POSTCODES: Bits of river don't really have
postcodes: we show the one for the nearest address we can trace. Putting these
into your satnav should get you somewhere near the site, but you might find yourself ½ km away,
and even on the wrong side of the river. If you can offer a better postcode for
any of the courses, email it to