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The Dog Backpacker Activities

The Dog Backpacker provides a choice of outdoor activities that you can experience with your dog, which are held throughout the UK. Your dog no longer needs to be left at home, which activity are you going to take them on?

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Doggy Canoe & Walk North Yorkshire

Come with us by canoe to West Wick Lock, where you can have lunch and then return back to Ripon via the riverside paths for a self guided walk home. This is an ideal day out if you have a dog* or two and looking for a different activity to do with them.


Walking back from West Wick Lock is approximately 7km/4.3 miles, taking  a couple of hours at a steady, constant pace.


Walking back from West Wick, you follow the river north back past Newby Hall to start. Further on you join the Ripon Rowel path, which gives you the choice of an extension and walk into Bishop Monkton. If you do this you can visit the Lamb & Flag or the Masons Arms and return to the river via another path that joins the original one at Ox Close Lock on the canal. Once at the canal, it is an easy walk along the towpath back to Ripon. On the way there is a small nature reserve near the first bridge after Oxclose Lock and you can divert again at this point, following the road and paths to Littlethorpe. From Littlethorpe, you can walk into Ripon or take a track back to the canal passing the Ripon Motor Boat Club marina


Adults £45, children Under 14 £15.


Family ticket £110 (2 adults & 2 children U14).


Maximum of 2 people and 2 dogs of spaniel size per canoe or 2 people and 1 dog of lab size or bigger per canoe.


*Dogs are free!


*Number of dogs is limited to two per household and no bigger than Collie / Spaniel size, or, one  Labrador size. If you are not sure, please contact us. We prefer all dogs to wear a dog floatation aid if possible and you must bring water, poo bags and any other equipment your dog will need for the day.

Minimum of 2 people for booking.