Driffield Navigation Trust

Photos taken on the Driffield and district waterways

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The Raft Race 2018


Crowds of supporters gathered on the banks of Driffield Canal to cheer on enthusiastic raft racers at Riverhead on Saturday, August 25.

The thrills and spills of the knockout fun event also included many free attractions to make it a real family day out on the historic canal. The event was organised by Driffield Lions Club and Driffield Rotary Club with the help of Driffield Navigation Trust who run the waterway. It brought back happy memories for for many older folk who could recall the days when an annual water gala was held in the canal basin at Riverhead.

Loud cheers went up when when the team from Florida Marquees were crowned the victors, with the Venture Scouts winning the Plate competition. The organisers were delighted with the response to the inaugural raft races and fun day, and are considering planning another event next year.

John Scholey, chairman of the DNT, said: "The trust was delighted to offer support by giving advice and running a bar, and the whole event helped to promote the navigation. We are working hard to maintain and improve the waterway for recreational purposes, and for future generations to enjoy. So was great to see the historic Riverhead area come to life with an excellent fun day, and we hope the visitors enjoyed the navigation."

He added: "Lions and Rotary are to be congratulated for organising the event, and hopefully it can be repeated next year."

Money raised by the fun day will go towards the Lions and Rotary local charities. Proceeds from the DNT's bar will be spent on the navigation.

Lions and Rotary members thanked the DNT for their help in organising the fun day, and everybody who supported the event.

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Canal Festival 2018


The Canal Festival was held on Sat 14/Sun15 July, 2018.

This fundraiser was organised by the Driffield Navigation Amenities Association with the support of the Driffield Navigation Trust. The weather conditions were ideal and the event, held at Frodingham Landing, was a huge success with many people of all ages enjoying the fun and festivities.

Boat trips on the Lady Jane and Driffield Navigator were very popular, with more than 600 people taking trips.

There was live music provided by the Aldbrough Outlaws, a bar, barbeque and duck race.
Volunteers from both the DNAA and DNT worked hard to ensure the whole event went well.

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250th Anniversary


On Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July 2017, a celebration was held at Riverhead, Driffield to mark the 250th anniversary of when the first act of parliament was passed to build the canal from the River Hull to Riverhead, Driffield. The Navigation was opened in 1770 and played an important role in the transportation of grain, wool,coal, building materials and various other commodities.

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Town Lock Reopening


In 2014 the old lock gates at Town Lock were removed and replaced with new ones by the Driffield Navigation Trust. A celebration then took place to mark the opening of the new lock gates.
The project was made posible by donations from:
Driffield Town Council
Driffield Navigation Amenities Association
Inland Waterways Association.
The DNT wishes to thank the above donors.

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Christmas Meal 2018


Supporters of the 250-year-old Navigation enjoyed a Christmas Meal at the Trout Inn, Wansford, on Saturday, December 15, organised by Driffield Navigation Amenities Association. Almost 50 people attended and everyone had a good time. Many thanks to Linda Tulloch and all those who helped.

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Swans seen on various parts of Driffield Canal, on the River Hull at Wansford and at Tophill Low.

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Photos of kingfishers taken at the North Marsh hide at Tophill Low nature reserve. Thanks to Mike Thornton for the shots.

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More Bird Photos


Other birds seen on and around the Navigation

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Tophill Low July 2018


Bird photos taken at the Tophill Low nature reserve by David Credland in July 2018.

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