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Market Weighton Canal

Waterway
Waterway name
Market Weighton Canal
Information
Information

The Market Weighton Canal runs for approximately 19 kilometres, from just south of Market Weighton to the Humber Estuary, which it meets close to Broomfleet. The canal River Head lies approximately 3 kilometres from Market Weighton Town Centre.


The upper 5 kilometres of the canal, north of Sodhouse Lock, were abandoned in 1900 and are now partly filled in. The lower section was still used for freight into the 20th century, serving the burgeoning brickworks of Newport, but no contemporary right of navigation exists.


The waterway’s main function is now land drainage, and it forms a critical part of the East Riding’s drainage network.


Weighton Lock, the Environment Agency’s Grade II listed outfall from the canal into the Humber Estuary, is therefore critical. Water is discharged via the penstock, not the lock gates themselves, however.


The Market Weighton Canal is largely rural and follows a course through multiple parishes; Newport is the only substantial town/village along its course.

Market Weighton Canal (Roger Gilbertson)
Market Weighton Canal (Roger Gilbertson)
Location
Market Weighton
YO43 4LX
United Kingdom