North Riding Branch

North Riding Branch, which is curently dormant, developed from the Ouse/Ure Section of the North-East Region, which had been working for about six years to represent the interests of the non-tidal waterways north of Selby.

Boaters' facilities in York

Updated 13th March 2018

The public toilets in Museum Gardens which used to also house the boaters' facilities have been demolished as part of the building of the Starr Inn. Planning consent in 2006 was dependent upon these facilities being fully replaced. Construction was started 2014.

Following a meeting between IWA, CRT and the Star Inn manager in March 2016, the previously open sluice has been upgraded to an enclosed model with a lid, and the adjacent tap has been fitted with a length of hose. Thanks to Star Inn for providing the change.

The nearest other sluices are either Naburn Lock downstream or Linton Lock upstream.

There are two disabled-type loos requiring a BW key at the rear of the restaurant, i.e. the side away from the river, so only accessible when staff are on site which is generally 07:00-24:00 (A key is available from staff on request). The Elsan disposal is also inside the same door past the two loos; if the access is obstructed by kitchen clutter, tell the restaurant manager.

There is no specific boater rubbish point, though there is a small litter bin near the water point.

The good news is that the water point is now closer to the river, near the IWA noticeboard, but caution is required with the movements of the sightseeing York Boats.

Note that a few yards upstream from the York Boats mooring is a pitch with marker plaques at each end for a catering boat. The boat is generally present 09:00 to 18:00 from Easter to September, but is entitled to 24/7 use.


Publication of IWA North Riding Branch Newsletter, Northern Navigation, has ceased at the present time, but some North Riding Branch news can be found in the IWA West Riding Branch Newsletter Mile Post.  Please click to see the latest issue.


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