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The New Horizons boat.

The New Horizons boat.

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The new season for Pocklington Canal Amenity Society’s trip boat ‘New Horizons’ is set to get underway.

Season 2015 will commence with the society’s short trip programme on Good Friday (3 April), Easter Sunday (5 April) and Easter Monday (6 April).

Sundays and bank holidays are reserved for the short 30-minute ‘taster’ trips, which run between noon and 4.15pm. No booking is required for these days but be aware that at busy times you may have to queue.

Other trips, of duration to suit the customer, can be booked for any other days (or evenings, light permitting) of the week.

Saturdays are the most popular and soon get booked up. However, with a bit of careful management, it is sometimes possible to get two bookings in on a Saturday.

The most popular booked trips are to Gardham Lock and back, which is approximately two-and-a-half to three hours, Hagg Bridge and back, which is roughly four-and-a-half hours, or East Cottingwith and back, which is about six to seven hours.

In addition, the society offers what it calls ‘open trips’ of between three and seven hours for individuals and small groups who want the opportunity of a longer trip but do not want an exclusive booking. These are on Saturdays, to help accommodate those who are working during the week.

In 2015, the open trips will be on the following dates:

- 16 May, 10am, Gardham Lock, three hours

- 13 June, 2pm, Hagg Bridge, four hours

- 18 July, 10am, East Cottingwith Lock, seven hours

- 15 August, 10am, Gardham Lock, three hours

- 19 September, 2.30pm, Gardham Lock, three hours

All trips depart from Melbourne Arm and are return journeys. The timings are approximate and include time for a stop for a snack or to stretch your legs. You are welcome to bring a picnic. Tea and coffee will be provided. Places for these trips are limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

All donations received are used solely for the purpose of maintaining and restoring the canal as an amenity for all to enjoy. For more information email Bob Ellis at book.newhorizons@gmail.com or call him on 07946 209644.

Pocklington Canal Amenity Society was formed in 1969, to protect and restore the canal.