Pocklington Canal - a gem in the landscape

This project ran between September 2016 and August 2019 thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

HLF Volunteers restoring Church Bridge HLF volunteers restoring Church Bridge

The main project highlights included the volunteer-led restoration of the Grade II Listed Church Bridge and the installation of a new signage scheme to tell the canal’s story to visitors. The Trust carried out substantial dredging and tree works to enhance the wildlife habitats within the Pocklington Canal Site of Special Scientific Interest. The swing bridge at Melbourne Arm was modified to reflect a traditional Georgian design.

The Pocklington Canal was originally opened in July 1818, and the project celebrated the 200th anniversary of the canal throughout 2018 with a full programme of events and activities, including a Bicentenary Festival and an archaeological dig!

HLF Archaeology Project on the Pocklington Canal

The Trust has been proud to work in partnership with the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, Natural England and the East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership throughout this project.

Useful downloads

Pocklington Canal Consultation Management Plan - November 2015

Last date edited: 29 August 2019