river session sat 27th june

We are now able to begin to run some form of club sessions but only on rivers at the moment and not on Pugneys for now.
We are looking to run a trip on the Calder this Saturday, I’m thinking to start at The Horbury Junction car park and paddle down towards Pugneys, past the now very small rapids and then onto the canal, paddle back up the canal and then back onto the river and back up to the car park.
The trip will be limited in numbers dependant on the number of coaches etc. and at this moment will only be open to club members with their own kit. There could be a possibility for me to collect a couple of boats etc. but this will be very limited.
There will be extra consent forms etc. to be completed due to the Covid situation and social distancing will apply throughout the trip.
The trip will be suitable for almost all paddlers but please do not just turn up – you must book to attend. I am thinking to meet around 10am in the car park but full details will be sent to all who are attending.
If you are interested in participating please drop a message on Facebook or send me a mail:
to club secretary 

We are also working on an online booking system to enable you to book a trip online to ensure you have a place. We will update once this is up and running.

Coronavirus Update

Firstly we would like to thank all club members for their patience over the last few months. It has not been a great start to the year paddling wise due to the current pandemic situation. I’m sure you are all just as frustrated as we are especially given the fantastic weather we have seen during the last few weeks. We have been following Government guidelines and as such had to suspend all club activities. 

It would appear that the light at the end of the very long tunnel is now beginning to burn a little brighter and offer some glimmer of hope.

The Government have now relaxed the lockdown conditions allowing groups of up to 6 persons to gather together. In line with this British Canoeing have today released new guidelines that will allow us to begin to look at reinstating some form of club sessions. The basis of this at the moment would be in groups of maximum 6 persons (1 coach and 5 participants). At the moment we can’t use Pugneys but in theory we could look to run sessions on the local river for members with own kit and potentially members wishing to borrow kit.

We are putting together the relevant risk assessments to comply with British Canoeing to ensure sessions will be covered by insurance etc.           We will also be putting together an online booking system where members will be required to book online if they wish to join a session and borrow kit etc. 

While we are hopeful to get back onto Pugneys in the near future one positive that has resulted from the lockdown is that the river Calder is the cleanest we have ever seen and actually a pleasure to paddle at the moment even though it is a little low at present.

Any members who are keen to get back out on the water please drop us a message on Facebook or email: club.secretary@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com

Once again Thank You for your understanding during this difficult period. Hopefully we are slowly moving towards a “New Normal”

Andy Walker


As Christmas becomes a distant memory we are fast approaching spring and this can only mean one thing – PUGNEYS!

Over the next few weeks we will be giving our container a spring clean and some much needed TLC as well as checking over our stock of boats in preparation for the summer season.  

Last year was a bumper year for paddlers at Pugneys with large numbers of both regulars and newcomers every week. The weather was fantastic with hot sunny days almost every weekend and everyone having a fantastic time each session.

We may even invest in some bigger and better water guns this year and we all know what that means – Andy gets even more of a soaking every week!

We will once again be running taster sessions throughout the season allowing non members to come along and have a go on the various boats and SUP’s we have at the lake.

We will also look to run Paddlesport courses for our younger members, these courses will give a basic insight into paddlesports including safety, correct kit, basic paddling etc. After completing the course each participant will receive a British Canoeing certificate. For anyone who enjoys paddling and wants to progress there are lots of courses available from British Canoeing ranging from volunteers right up to coach level.

We hope to see many regular faces from last year as well as lots of newcomers who want to have a try at paddlesports.


We would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Its been a great year with lots of activity within the club and lots of new faces throughout the summer. This year we have introduced Stand Up Paddleboarding and lots of members have tried this new paddlesport and really enjoyed it. The summer sessions were blessed with fantastic weather throughout the whole season drawing in many younger paddlers who will hopefully return next year.

Looking ahead to 2020 we could see more watersports appearing on Pugneys hopefully as Wakefield Council has put the watersports section out to tender and there has been interest from several companies so fingers crossed.

Next year should also see the final completion of Linton Whitewater course after many setbacks this year. We have had several tests at the course and even without the blocks etc. the course was good. This should allow us to offer members practice on whitewater at variable levels and also could provide a venue for a WYCC slalom event.

The committee would like to thank all members and participants for their continued support over the past year and we are all looking forward to an even better 2020.  




Just a quick reminder about our AGM tomorrow night 26th November 7.30pm at Ossett Cricket Club.
ALL members are welcome and we ask as many as possible to come along and get involved with running your club over the next 12 months.
If you have any ideas for next year or would like to see something different or new please come along and have your say.
Pie and Peas supper will be served after the meeting.

River Season

As winter approaches we are now closing Pugneys sessions and will begin river trips and river training.

This coming Saturday 9th November we are planning a river trip hopefully on the River Ure near Ripon. The trip should be OK for any club members who are confident paddling in a kayak and using a spray deck subject to water levels on the day.

We may be able to transport a limited number of boats if members are wanting to borrow kit but we need to know in advance if anyone requires boats or kit – we need to know latest Thursday.

If you are interested in paddling with us please get in touch via Facebook or drop a mail to club secretary 

Any updates will be posted on Facebook as the location or river can be changed at the last minute.

On Saturday’s when we haven’t organised a trip we will look to offer river training for any club members who want to improve their skills on whitewater. The training will mainly be on the River Calder near Ossett but could also be at the Whitewater course at Sowerby Bridge.

Details will be posted on Facebook during the week before the session – please send a message if you would be interested in attending, again we can organise for members to borrow boats and kit but we do require some notice.

Please note any trips or training are only open to full club members. The decision of who can paddle will be made by the organisers on the day.

2019 AGM

Good evening members, another reminder about the 2019 AGM.

The AGM is booked for Tuesday 26th November 2018 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start and will be held at Ossett Cricket Club. As always we will supply supper in the form of pie & peas. The AGM is open to any club members and while there is a serious aspect to the meeting it is also a bit of a social evening as well.

Below is the list of current members along with how long they have remaining in their current roles, also the current vacant roles are shown. 

1. General Committee Officers Positions, with one more year left to run and in office up to 2020 AGM

Chairman – Richard Cooke
Treasurer – Nova Burkinshaw

Committee Member – To replace Mathew Wild

 2. General Committee Officers Positions, due for re- election or position up for election at the 2019 AGM

Vice Chairman – Mark Wilbond

Secretary – Andy Walker

Committee Member – Peter Dawson

Committee Member – Kevin Jackson


Male Welfare Officer – Neil Marsden

Female Welfare Officer – Karen Wade

3. Co-opted and Junior General Committee Officers

At present we don’t have any junior committee members as all previous members are now over 18. We would welcome any applications from junior members under the age of 18 who would like to become a member of the committee and have an important input into the club.

Junior members will be co-opted onto the committee at the first committee meeting after the AGM.

Any member who wishes to stand for a position must apply by email to club.secretary@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com at least 21 days before the AGM, all nominations must be proposed and seconded by a club members.

Any member who wishes to propose a motion for discussion must forward the motion to club.secretary@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com – any motion must be signed by 3 club members to be valid.

Any club member is eligible to apply for a position on the committee and we welcome applications from both seasoned members as well as new members who could bring valuable ideas to the club.

Please confirm your attendance and numbers by mailing  club.secretary@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com, this will allow us to ensure we cater for all members who will be attending.


We will be back at Pugneys today 14th September.

Please come along today and have a paddle in the sun.

There is dragon boat racing on also today so the site will be busy with lots of people moving around. On the lake we will have to keep away from the races but also should give us a great view to watch the races.

Hopefully we will see lots of you later today – we will be there from around 12pm.