Pocklington Canal reopens, Marple stays shut, IWA heads for Waltham Abbey in 2019, and an in-depth look at the issues of water shortage, now and for the long-term future
Another two miles and two locks on the Pocklington Canal have reopened to navigation following restoration from dereliction – and trip-boat New Horizons is pictured cutting the tape to declare Thornton Lock open as part of the celebrations.
The opening was the culmination of efforts by the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, whose major fundraising appeal was supported by the Inland Waterways Association’s Tony Harrison Legacy, running in parallel with a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project by the Canal & River Trust which combined canal restoration and nature conservation work. It was followed by a weekend celebratory rally which also marked the East Yorkshire canal’s bicentenary.
This reopening brings the restored navigable length to five miles and four locks, from the River Derwent at East Cottingwith to the Bielby Arm. There remain a further four miles and five locks between there and the original terminus at Canal Head just outside Pocklington. But with two of those locks already restored, another appeal under way, and volunteers (including Waterway Recovery Group) looking to begin work on a third lock, full reopening may not be too many years away.
See page 42 for a report and pictures from the reopening.
Cutting the tape at the restored Thornton Lock