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Pocklington Canal

Pocklington Canal

The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society is about to start the restoration of Sandhill Lock at an estimated cost of £200,000. This will involve taking down all the defective brickwork in the lock chamber and replacing it. New lock gates and paddle gear will then be manufactured and fitted. The project will mostly be undertaken by volunteers and is expected to take three years.

To mark the bicentenary of the opening of the Pocklington Canal in 1818, 2 miles of the canal were reopened in 2018, enabling boats to navigate as far as the Bielby Arm. Over a period of three years, new gates had been fitted to Thornton and Walbut locks and most of the waterway was dredged.

Once Sandhill Lock is restored and some further dredging carried out, it will be possible for boats to navigate to within a mile of Canal Head. However, there are a further three locks that will require repairs before the restoration can be considered complete. Restoration of the Pocklington Canal has been taking place since 1970, shortly after the formation of the society in 1969. If the current rate of progress can be maintained, the final stretch of the canal could be open by 2028.

Picture: Cruising a restored section of the Pocklington Canal in 2018.

February 2020