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Summer Sessions

Good evening, summer is upon us and we have some changes to pool sessions:

Pontefract has been low on numbers for the last few weeks with the club having to support the sessions so we have taken the decision to close Pontefract for the summer with the last session being this Thursday 26th with a planned return on Thursday 6th September.

Batley is running well at the moment with the cadets making up numbers so Batley Friday sessions will continue throughout the summer. All participants from Pontefract are welcome to come along to the sessions at Batley.

We will look to run some local beginners river trips on Thursday nights if members are interested.

Pugneys sessions are running well with a wide range of people attending including several new members who are attending due to the closure of Pugneys lake to the general public.

We have had a few sessions where we have had a few stand up paddle boards and this has gone down well also.

Washburn 2018

West Yorkshire Canoe Club’s annual Washburn event is fast approaching.

This is a chance for members to paddle one of Yorkshires best whitewater river runs. This is a dam release so the water level is guaranteed however little rain we have had.

Any club members who have a few hours spare on the day will be welcome to come along and lend a hand throughout the day.

The river is fast flowing grade 2/3 so not suitable for novices but any members who feel they would like to paddle please have a chat with a member of the committee to ensure suitability.



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After much uncertainty surrounding Pugney’s we have finally got the go ahead to begin our summer sessions this week Saturday 21st April.

Weather looking good for tomorrow.

Meet at 12.30pm at the green container to be on the water for 1pm.

Looking forward to a good turn out.

Please come along and support your club.


Some of our members have been competing in slalom over the last few weeks – keep up the good work.

Andy C, Olivia, Russ, Grace, Fraser, Liz and Aaron – well done guys.

Below we have some photos from the last couple of weeks races. And evidence of Russ’s obligatory swim 🙂

Congratulations to Grace who was promoted last week to Div 3 – well done.



Just a quick note to say the session tomorrow night at Pontefract is cancelled. 

This is due to a pump that has failed resulting in an empty pool.

Why not come along to Batley session on Friday night instead?

Normal sessions resume next week hopefully.

Slenningford Weekend

Hi everyone we are planning on holding another club/family weekend this year at Sleningford Watermill. Unfortunately due to unforeseen popularity of the site we have had to change when we planned to have this weekend.

I have reserved a number of electric and non electric pitches from Fri 18 May to Sun 20 May at Sleningford. If you are interested in coming along please complete the online booking form at and mention WYCC when booking, as they will try and site us together.

For those of you have not been before the site offers a relaxing atmosphere on the banks of the river Ure. The river has a bit of everything from play features to gentle flat water, (Depending on levels) so has something for everyone.

If anyone would like any further details or wants to ask any questions please get in contact with myself Rich on or 07966794571

Hope to see you there

Chairman WYCC

Saturday 31st March River Trip

See below for details of this Saturdays rescheduled river trip:

The Upper Wharfe trip is suitable for intermediate paddlers with white water experience. This paddle is normally a grade 3 with the following features: Conistone Falls, Ghailstrills Strid and for the brave at the end Linton Falls (a grade 4, 2m two-tier drop)

The meeting point will be the Linton Falls Car Park at 10.00am

If paddlers and parents/guardians of under 18’s are unsure please talk with a club coach, Andy Walker, Kevin Jackson, Ian Johnson or John Turner at club sessions. Alternatively the organiser’s Bethany Walker and Dowi Burkinshaw will be happy to help and advise.

It is important that you have the correct kit as its likely to be very low temperatures on the day. The club has a limited number of boats, paddles and paddling gear available to borrow. Please note, wetsuits and wet boots are very limited and we would recommend supplying your own. Please let the organisers know in good time if want to borrow anything and don’t leave it until the last minute.

Please email, text message or Facebook message Mark Wilbond by Thursday evening 29th March if you are wanting to paddle.

Email: or Text: 07976 598804.

It is important to let the organisers know you are attending, to inform you of any changes to the trip due to river levels or weather conditions.

Please note the trip is only open to full club members and the final decision about who can paddle will be down to the organisers.