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Driffield Navigation

Waterway name
Driffield Navigation

The Driffield Navigation is approximately 18 kilometres long and follows a course from Riverhead, close to Driffield town centre, to Struncheon Hill/Hempholme Lock, where the

Navigation meets the tidal River Hull, and then down to Aike Beck. The northerly part of the Navigation is a canal, with the southerly section part of the River Hull. Two separate branches exist, Frodingham Beck and West Beck, leading to North Frodingham and Corps Landing respectively.

The navigation’s five locks have all been restored though Wansford Bridge, a fixed road bridge, prevents navigation along the whole length of the canal. Navigation is therefore possible between the River Hull and Wansford Bridge and between Wansford Bridge and River Head. Along with Wansford Bridge, two further accommodation bridges require replacement to facilitate full navigation, in conjunction with significant amount of dredging (to remove contaminated sediment and increase the depth of the waterway) and the clarification of navigation rights over a 100 metre stretch at Wansford.

The navigation is fed by Driffield Water Forlorns, an extensively modified chalk stream that runs through the centre of Driffield and meets the navigation at Riverhead, and a system of springs under the canal bed. A number of other streams and drains feed into the waterway below Riverhead, including Meadow Stream and Nafferton Drain.

Crucial to the drainage of large parts of the surrounding Yorkshire Wolds and the Holderness Plain, the Environment Agency has powers to control navigation on the Driffield Navigation in relation to water management.

The Driffield Canal Partnership is currently in the process of developing a practical Action Plan for the waterway.

Driffield Navigation
Driffield Navigation
YO25 6NX
United Kingdom