Pocklington Canal



Here are some suggestions for what you could do when you visit the Pocklington Canal

Swans walking  on the towpath

Enjoy a quiet walk along the towpath
There is a towpath along the entire canal. It can be uneven in places and muddy in wet weather, so bring suitable shoes or boots. Don't forget your camera and binoculars. What you will see and hear depends on where you are. Some lengths of the canal have good tree cover, attracting birds, whereas other parts are open, with excellent views over the surrounding farmland. Here is a short video.

Taking the family for a walk
Picnic at Canal Head

Have a picnic at Canal Head
The picnic site is opposite the Wellington Oak on the A 1079. There are two car parks nearby and Top Lock is just beyond the second car park. The PCAS Information Centre is usually open on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Do have a look at the display boards describing the heritage and wildlife of the Pocklington Canal.

Canal Head picnic site
Angling at Canal Head

Try your hand at fishing

Angling rights are licensed by British Waterways to the York and District Amalgamation of Anglers (YDAA). Day tickets can be purchased from the Wellington Oak pub across the road from Canal Head. A rod licence is also required.

Here are some videos about angling on the Pocklington canal.


Angling at Canal Head
Old bicycles

How about a cycle ride?
The surrounding area is flat and ideal for cycling and there are plenty of villages to explore. Have a look at the maps of the area. Cycling on the canal towpath is permitted on the bridleway between Canal Head and Coates Bridge but not elsewhere.

Ordnance Survey maps including the canal:

  • Pathfinder 674 (Wheldrake)
  • Landranger 106 (Market Weighton & surrounding area)
No hills – so no need for 21 gears!
New Horizons tripboat

Fancy a boat trip?
In the past eleven years our trip boat New Horizons has attracted a lot of interest and it is now a familiar sight on the Pocklington Canal.

We run short trips on Sundays and Bank Holidays, from noon and the last trip is around 4.15 pm. Longer trips for parties of up to twelve can easily be arranged at other times, but need to be booked in advance.

Information about boat trips

All aboard New Horizons on a summer Sunday afternoon


Kids in a small boat

Bring your own boat
Boating need not be expensive. In a canoe or small boat you can see and hear the wildlife from a new perspective.

All craft must be licensed. In the case of canoes, membership of the British Canoeing provides members with a licence to use most canals and many rivers free of charge. You can also buy licences from the Canal & River Trust. Here is some information and advice on canoeing from their website.

If you are interested in bringing a larger boat on to the Pocklington Canal, please look at the navigation page.

Kids love messing about in canoes and small boats



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