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The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society

PCAS is a Registered Charity (No. 500637) and was formed in 1969 to protect and restore the Pocklington Canal and to promote it as an amenity for everyone to enjoy. A major objective of PCAS is full restoration of the canal. A lot has been achieved but there is plenty more to be done.
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2015 was the 200th anniversary of the Act of Parliament that authorised building of the canal and 2018 marked the bicentenary of the completion of the building of the canal. Our Bicentenary Appeal was successful and raised funds to restore two more miles of canal, which was officially opened on 25 July 2018.

We are now raising funds to restore Sandhill Lock.

See our Facebook page for the latest news about the canal and its restoration.





This is what our trip boat New Horizons might look like at at Canal Head in the future.  Please help us to make this a reality.

Wouldn't it be great to see this on the Pocklington Canal? The final chapter in an epic that will have taken over fifty years to complete.  

We have two miles of the canal left to repair before our target of complete restoration is finally achieved. We were hoping to begin work at the dilapidated Sandhill Lock earlier this year but circumstances have decreed otherwise. 

On 10th July 2020 we successfully raised £3,411 with 88 supporters in 56 days

An introduction to the Pocklington Canal


The Pocklington Canal is a delightful rural waterway in East Yorkshire. It is nine and a half miles long (15 km), flowing from Canal Head near Pocklington to the River Derwent at East Cottingwith. The canal was completed in 1818 and is part of the inland waterways network of England and Wales. Like many of our canals it became derelict with the coming of the railways. Considerable restoration work has been done by the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society volunteers. Seven miles of the canal is currently navigable and the entire canal has a towpath.

The Pocklington Canal is one of our finest canals for wildlife, with both national and international protection. The four road bridges and nine locks are important heritage features and all of them are Grade II Listed.

Thornton Lock has recently been restored by PCAS volunteers and the new gates were made at the Canal & River Trust's Stanley Ferry workshops at Castleford.

Thornton Lock after restoration in 2017


PCAS is now on Facebook Regular updates about the PCAS restoration work and the Canal & River Trust's Lottery-funded project can be found on Facebook.

If you don't use Facebook you can see some of the information here

BOAT TRIPS More details

Short trips will not run until further notice due to Coronavirus

Longer trips are possible for small family groups.




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