The popularity of Pocklington Canal continues to attract more and more visitors from both the local and wider community.
Of the 2,200 passengers who enjoyed a trip on ‘New Horizons’ this year, some came from as far afield as New Zealand as well as many from continental Europe and all over the UK.
The boat made 87 trips during the season which, again, is a new record. As in previous years these are a combination of short 30 minute trips, requiring no booking, and longer trips by prior arrangement. The short trips run on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 12noon and 4.15pm. The longer trips, of durations from 2 to 7 hours, are available on any other days of the week.
The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society encourages donations for their boat trips rather than having fixed charges and find that passengers are generally very generous once they have experienced the beauty the canal has to offer, and the opportunity of steering a canal boat. The trips are further enhanced with information on the flora and fauna and history of the canal provided by the volunteer crews.
In 2016, the trip boat will run from Good Friday to the last Sunday in October.
As reported previously, in the Pocklington Post, the Society has now started work on the restoration of a further two miles of navigation from Melbourne to Bielby in liaison with the Canal and River Trust and Natural England. It is hoped that this work, which involves dredging this length along with restoration of Thornton and Walbut locks, will be completed in 2018 to coincide with the bicentenary of the opening of the canal.
These works are anticipated to cost in the region of £250,000, and the Society has already raised in excess of £90,000 towards this figure. If you would like to make a donation to the Bicentenary Appeal you can do so via JustTextGiving. Text PCAS18 with the amount you wish to donate to 70070 (e.g. PCAS18 £10).
You can also join the Society via the website www.pocklingtoncanalsociety.org and click on membership or by contacting the membership secretary on 01482 845099.
If you would like to know more about volunteering on the canal please contact Bob Ellis, trip boat coordinator, on 01759 302873 or Dick Watson, working party organiser, on 01759 305025.