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Pocklington Canal

Pocklington Canal

Pocklington Canal was one of the last to be built (it opened in 1818), and came about because local farmers wanted more effective means of transporting their goods to the fast-growing towns of West Yorkshire. Today this beautiful rural waterway is one of the country’s top canals for wildlife with three Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
As well as wildlife and habitat work, the canal is also great for local history studies as there are some distinctive built features, such as swing bridges and classic hump-backed bridges, as well as restored and unrestored locks.


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  • Covered space
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets

Free facilities for teachers include pre-visits, risk assessments and downloadable learning resources. Other facilities include a pond and pond dipping platform for workshops on wildlife and habitats.


School trips to Pocklington Canal are completely free of charge. This includes all admission, workshops and activities.
Boat trips are an optional extra and charge a small fee. Please enquire about this when booking.
Coach parking is limited, but there is no charge.

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes
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