New guidebook offers detailed history of canal

The front cover of the revised Pocklington Canal guide book.
The front cover of the revised Pocklington Canal guide book.

The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society has produced a revised guide book on the waterway.

The new publication highlights the many interesting facts and features about the 200-year-old canal and helps people make the most of the 9.5-mile waterway, whether on the towpath or on the water.

As the East Yorkshire canal celebrates its bicentenary, the society has updated the guidebook to include an in-depth history of the waterway, which opened in 1818, and full navigation notes for entry into the canal, with detailed descriptions, maps and illustrations.

Each section of the historic canal has its own map and detailed notes to help people learn about its past and find out what they can see and enjoy along the way.

Tim Charlson, of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, said: “We wanted to produce something that is both informative and useful to the many thousands of people who visit and love the canal.

“It is fitting that we can celebrate the canal, the wildlife that depends on its clean water and the peaceful open space in this, its 200th year.”

The guide is priced at £5 (plus £1.22 postage and packaging) with all profits going towards the restoration of the remaining three miles of the canal.

Copies are available by contacting or by calling 07926 910717.