Pocklington Canal and Canal Society

Links and contacts

 

Canal & River Trust
The Canal & River Trust is the charitable trust responsible for most of the canals in Britain, including the Pocklington Canal. It took over from British Waterways in July 2012.
CRT website
North East Waterways
Pocklington Canal

Natural England
Natural England was formed in 2006 by the merger of English Nature, the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service
Natural England website
Contact details for the York Office (responsible for the Pocklington Canal) can be found here

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
ERYC has a large website that includes information about tourism
ERYC website
Walks (including maps) along the Pocklington Canal

Environment Agency
The Environment Agency has a wide range of responsibilities, including monitoring of the water quality in the Pocklington Canal. The Agency handles calls about pollution incidents that threaten fish and other wildlife.
EA website

Incident Hotline (canal flooding or pollution, fish in distress): Ring 0800 80 70 60

Inland Waterways Association
PCAS is a corporate member of IWA, a national organisation that has been very supportive of the work of PCAS in restoration of the canal.
IWA website This provides comprehensive information and many links to other waterway websites
IWA News
IWA East Yorkshire Branch Meetings are held in Cottingham on the third Friday of the month and these are attended regularly by PCAS members
IWA Head Office Bulletin This provides a monthly summary of news on the waterways, including an archive of past issues
Waterway Recovery Group WRG volunteers have done a lot of work on the Pocklington Canal and has made two visits in 2014 – see News

Local waterway organisations
East and North Yorkshire Waterway Partnership This partnership aims to bring together organisations with a common interest in local waterways, both navigable and non-navigable. It has supported various projects on the Pocklington Canal. The Pocklington Canal features regularly in the News and Events section
The Beverley Barge Preservation Society is best known for its beautifully restored barge Syntan, which is moored on Beverley Beck. BBPS offers boat trips on the Beck and longer trips on the River Hull.
The River Foss Society is an active local group. The River Foss joins the River Ouse in York.
Driffield Navigation Amenities Association Facebook page

Wildlife and conservation
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust This website has comprehensive information on events and activities organised by YWT
YWT latest news and archive
Yorkshire Dragonflies
East Riding Dragonfly Atlas
The Wolds & Riverbank Countryside Society
The Conservation Volunteers This is the new name for BTCV. BTCV is currently working at the wildlife pond, behind the moorings at Melbourne, which has been neglected for years
iSpot: Pocklington Canal wildlife Your chance to post pictures of wildlife or help identify what others have found
Lower Derwent Valley NNR A blog about a National Nature Reserve near the canal, which has some fantastic photos and frequently mentions the Pocklington Canal
NEW! Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces Volunteering opportunities on the canal and other local venues

Walking and cycling
Walks (including maps) along the Pocklington Canal (on East Riding of Yorkshire website)
East Yorkshire and Derwent Ramblers (The local branch of The Ramblers' Association)
Pocklington Canal, Melbourne and Allerthorpe walk (on The Walking Englishman website)
Pocklington & Wolds Gateway Partnership Includes information about walking and cycling – this link is currently inactive

Angling
York and District Amalgamation of Anglers
(Fishing on the canal is leased to YDAA)
Day tickets are available from various places including the Wellington Oak pub at Canal Head
Angling is also available at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park and Paradise Lakeside Lodges
A collection of videos about angling on the Pocklington Canal produced by Mike Linstead

Watersports
Allerthorpe Lakeland Park is a large watersports activity centre, which includes angling and has a cafe.

Maps
See the following information on walking and cycling and the maps section of the PCAS website.

Local press
Pocklington Post (Find news about the canal by searching for Pocklington Canal on this website)
Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post (our regional newspapers)

Local radio
West Wolds Radio is in Pocklington and started broadcasting in November 2015. It has already been very supportive of PCAS.
Vixen 101 is a community radio station based in Market Weighton. It has supported PCAS for several years, broadcasting interviews and news about the canal.

Villages
Bielby Village News is a regularly updated blog.
NEW! East Cottingwith and Storwood In addition to other local information, this site focuses on widlife, wildflowers and wetlands adjacent to the River Derwent and the Pocklington Canal.

Holiday accommodation
There is plenty of accommodation near the canal
See 'Where to Stay' on the Pocklington Town Council website
Paradise Lakeside Lodges is near the canal, at Storwood. Fishing for visitors and residents
Ashfield Farmhouse is near to Canal Head and run by PCAS members
Weighton Wolds Cottage in Market Weighton
The Old Gravel Pit Lodges in Allerthorpe
Herrington Park Log Cabins is in Sutton Upon Derwent
The Ramblers' Rest in Millington
Robeanne House in Shiptonthorpe
Lilliput Lodge in Melbourne, near the canal
Coachhouse Cottages York is in Wilberfoss

History
Pocklington and District Local History Group (Includes history of the plans to build the canal and its construction)
This site has plenty of interesting information, old photos and historic documents.

Pubs near the Pocklington Canal (with postcodes for use with SatNavs)
Wellington Oak (Canal Head) 01759 303854 YO42 1NW
Melbourne Arms (Melbourne) 01759 318257 YO42 4QJ

... and a little further away

The Plough Inn (Allerthorpe) 01759 302349 YO42 4RW
St Vincent Arms (Sutton on Derwent) 01904 608349 YO41 4BN
The Grey Horse (Elvington) 01904 608335 YO41 4AG
Pocklington has a number of pubs. The Feathers Hotel (01759 303155 YO42 2AH) deserves a mention because of its involvement in the history of the Pocklington Canal

Miscellaneous
NEW! TripAdvisor has a growing number of reviews from visitors and our trip boat gets a mention
Pocklington (News and information, including accommodation, tourism and leisure facilities in the area. This website is run by the Pocklington Town Council)
Pocklington Canal and its History by Jim Shead
Villages in the East Riding of Yorkshire
Wikipedia page about the Pocklington Canal
BBC Hands on Nature (Information about the programme featuring the canal, filmed in June 2005)
Photos of the Pocklington Canal contributed to the Geograph British Isles project
Photos of the Pocklington Canal on flickr
A Family Pootle on the Pocklington Canal – photos by Al Girling
Narrowboat Epiphany visits the Pocklington Canal. John Slee describes his adventures in July 2010 and a tour of the non-navigable part of the canal.
What canal? I can't see a canal! A blog of a canoe trip, showing the canal in flood in January 2010
Visit of narrowboat Ewn Ha Cul to the Pocklington Canal
A recent video of the Pocklington Canal
IWAC report calling for the need for balancing the needs of navigation and wildlife on our inland waterways

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