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Waterways | Pocklington Canal

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Canals are great places to go wildlife hunting - because where disturbance has been kept to a minimum, nature has just flooded back in.

The Pocklington Canal is one of the most important waterways for wildlife in the whole of the UK. The canal flows through the Vale of York from the foothills of the Yorkshire Wolds to join the River Derwent. Nature watchers can walk the canal's entire length on a grassy towpath.


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Waterways are a great place to see wildlife from a very different perspective. Why not get out on the water to watch wildlife?

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Our waterways provide great opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? From bird watching to boat trips.


Pocklington Canal - Visitor Guide

Address:Pocklington Canal, East Riding, Yorkshire.
Postcode: Y042

01977 554351 - British Waterways Castleford
01904 623 338 - Pocklington Canal Amenity Society (boat trips)
Fax:01977 516329 - - British Waterways Castleford
Key attractions:Canal walks. Wildlife watching. Boat trips. Pond dipping. Bird spotting - Barn Owls..
Essential kit:Binoculars. Pond dipping: professional or self-made net.
Nature watching:Best season: June and July are best for Dragonflies. Summer is the best time for Barn Owls between May-September at dawn and dusk.
Access:Variable. Some flat tow path areas.
Getting there:Located 10 miles from York off the A1079 York to Market Weighton road.
Opening times:The can paths are open year round and boat trips operate on selected summer weekends.
Charges:Free but charge for boat trips.
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