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Leven Canal

Waterway
Waterway name
Leven Canal
Information
Information

The Leven Canal, owned by Trailer & Marine (Leven) Ltd, is the only wholly privately owned inland waterway in the UK, and runs for approximately 5 kilometres, from the village of Leven to the River Hull, which it meets between Aike and Arram. Access to the River Hull is blocked by a flood bank.


The canal flows through mainly agricultural land, though some urban development exists at the eastern end of the canal, around the village of Leven. The Canal is a designated SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest) for its entire length.


The canal was cut in 1802 across the marshes and meres of the River Hull Valley. Following drainage of surrounding marshland, it provided a refuge for wetland plants and now supports an important remnant of this once much more widespread vegetation.


The canal is thought to be, or have been, fed by chalk springs supplying water of a very high quality (primarily at the Eastern end of the canal), however further work is needed to establish if this link persists. Currently the major water supply for the canal is the River Hull, from which water is fed via a sluice by the canal’s owners.


The canal towpath is a public footpath and can be walked from the village of Leven to the River Hull.


The canal, which runs east-to-west, is dissected by the Holderness Drain at Farfox, which runs north-to-south. The canal is in filled and piped over the drain at this point, presenting a formidable physical barrier; though the footpath maintains pedestrian access. A now unused drainage pipe, next to the drain, is a further potential issue.

Leven Canal (Vaughan Grantham)
Leven Canal (Vaughan Grantham)
Leven Canal (Paul Harrop)
Leven Canal (Paul Harrop)
Location
Leven
HU17 5LX
United Kingdom