The Yorkshire Ouse runs from Swale Nab at its junction with the river Ure to Trent Falls, where it joins the river Trent and the Humber Estuary. It is 60.8 miles (97.8 km) long, with locks at Naburn and Linton. The Yorkshire Ouse is joined by the river Foss at York, the river Wharfe about one mile north of Cawood, the Selby Canal at Selby, the Yorkshire Derwent at Barmby-on-the-Marsh, the river Aire at Asselby Island, the Aire & Calder Navigation at Goole Docks and the river Don (Dutch River) at Goole.
The maximum boat size that can navigate throughout the Yorkshire Ouse is
length: 57' 6" (17.5 metres) - Linton Lock
beam: 15' 8" (4.77 metres) - Linton Lock
height: 19' 6" (5.94 metres) - Naburn Bridge
draught: 6' 10" (2.1 metres) - cill of Linton Lock
Please note: CRT now gives a notional length for Linton Lock of 65.62 feet, but this is a structural measurement. The traditional navigable length previously advised was 57'6", with some narrowboats of 60 feet able to squeeze through diagonally. The same length (57'6") also applies to the locks above Linton, up to the Ripon Canal basin. It may be possible to moor just below Linton Lock by arrangement with the marina, phone: 01347 848844. The original BW guidance is still available at as of June 2016.
The Yorkshire Ouse is tidal below Naburn Locks, so boaters can only pass through the lock on 'flood tide'. If possible, please give 24 hours notice to the lock-keeper (tel: 01904 728500).
Following the demolition of the toilet block at Museum Gardens, York, in 2013 the toilet and sluice have been relocated round the back of the new adjacent Star Inn, i.e. on the side away from the river. There is access during the day up the steps into Museum Gardens, but when that gate is closed, then via the Star Inn main entrance. No access when Star Inn closed, but it's generally open 0700-0100. NB: occasionally the door to the facilities is locked with a BW key; if you don't have one, the staff do. Alternatively just for the toilets the manager has said he's happy for people to go inside (up stairs immediately to left of front door). Next sluice upstream is Linton Lock (marina), then Boroughbridge (CRT).
North Riding Ouse Gill Beck to Goole
(a) From Swale Nab to Skelton Railway Bridge:
Canal & River Trust
Fearns Wharf, Neptune Street, Leeds, LS9 8PB
T: 0303 040 4040
Canal & River Trust website
(b) From Skelton Railway Bridge to Trent Falls:
Associated British Ports
Port House, Northern Gateway, Hull, HU9 5PQ
T: 01482 327171
ABP Humber website and Associated British Ports website