Photo: Bielby Arm, Pocklington Canal by Peter Church
(upper section 5.5 miles, Canal owned by Canal & River Trust)
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, with support from British Waterways and local authorities, had enabled the restoration of Thornton and Walbut Locks, the swing bridge at Bielby, and Coates Lock by September 2000, but little physical works appear to have happened since. At Top Lock, adjacent to the popular Picnic Site at Canal Head, the chamber was restored in the late 1980s and top gates fitted, and bottom gates were installed in late 2001. With funding partly provided by IWA the canal was dredged to Thornton Lock in 2007 to enable that to be brought back into use. Minor dredging of the channel and installation of the pintle at Bielby are required to enable boats to reach Coates Lock, which new regional funding may enable in 2010 or 2011, which would leave just three locks to be restored.