Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
This idyllic rural waterway is one of our top canals for wildlife in the country. Once threatened, the canal was saved by the work of energetic local volunteers and campaigners, and is now home to three Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
1st April 2018 12:00pm to 2nd April 2018 4:00pm
13th May 2018 10:00am to 13th May 2018 12:00pm
20th May 2018 10:00am to 20th May 2018 4:00pm
28th May 2018 10:00am to 28th May 2018 12:00pm
10th June 2018 10:00am to 10th June 2018 12:00pm
18th June 2018 10:00am to 1st August 2018 5:00pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
24th June 2018 10:00am to 24th June 2018 4:00pm
15th July 2018 10:00am to 15th July 2018 12:00pm
28th July 2018 10:00am to 29th July 2018 4:00pm
Canal Head off 1079 and Melbourne Arm
Providers of skills courses, instruction and guiding for Hillwalking, Navigation, Paddle Sports (canoe & kayak), Nordic Walking, First Aid Training and Leadership.
Melbourne arm up to 'no fishing' sign
Pocklington Canal whole length
The Pocklington Canal runs for 9.5 miles between East Cottingwith and Canal Head at Pocklington. The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society have restored the section from the River Derwent to the Melbourne Arm back to navigation, approximately half the length of the canal. The Trust and the Amenity Society are currently working together to extend the navigation to Bielby Arm, which will increase the navigable section by approximately two miles.
The majority of the canal is designated as SSSI for its wildlife value, with the lower reaches lying within the Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve. The towpath that runs along the canal is a great place for spotting the brilliant blue flash of a kingfisher or dragonflies darting above the reeds.
The canal architecture also adds interest to the scenery, with distinctive swing bridges, classic hump-backed bridges and restored and unrestored locks.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
The canal was one of the last to be built, and was promoted by prosperous local farmers who sought more effective means of transporting their goods to the fast-growing towns of West Yorkshire. Its Act was passed in 1815, and it opened three years later.
The Pocklington is one of the few canals in Britain which were completed for less than the original estimated cost, costing only £32,695. Coal, lime, fertiliser and industrial goods were carried to Pocklington, and agricultural produce was sent out to the West Riding.
It was taken over by the York & North Midlands Railway in 1848, after just thirty years of operation. During the middle part of the last century the canal fell into disuse and became unnavigable. Despite plans in the 1950s to turn it into a dumping ground for chalk sludge, the canal survived, thanks to an active restoration group.
Pocklington Canal – A Gem in the Landscape has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we are restoring Church Bridge and Swing Bridge No 7, restoring the special wildlife habitats along the canal and running a series of exciting community events and activities to showcase the rich heritage of this idyllic rural East Yorkshire canal. For up to date information, read the regular project updates on our blog pages. Or see more by following the link below...
A gem in the landscape
Follow the exploits of our Pocklington volunteers on our restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
North East Waterways
Find out more about the North East Waterways, their most recent news and events.