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About Driffield Navigation Trust

The purpose of our organisation

The DNT is a non-profit making organisation which is a registered charity (charity number 503430).

Chairman Mr John Scholey, Vice-Chairman Mr Michael Artley, Secretary Ms Gina Simpson, Press Officer Mr David Taylor and Treasurer Mr Peter Markham.

Registered Office: 10 Macintosh Drive, Ashwood Gardens, Driffield YO25 5PH.

It is responsible for the Driffield Navigation which is the waterway extending from the market town of Driffield along the Driffield Canal and then the River Hull southwards as far as Aike. The total length of the waterway classed as the Driffield Navigation is 11 miles (18 km). West Beck and Frodingham Beck are associated with this system.

The DNT welcomes donations and legacies.

Assisted by the Driffield Navigation Amenities Association (DNAA) it looks after the maintenance and administration of the Driffield Navigation for commercial, leisure,and recreational purposes. In addition to this environmental, conservation and heritage matters receive attention. Such work benefits children, young people and the public in general.

It is important that this work is properly funded. Boat owners are asked to ensure that they pay their annual boat fee of £50.00P (all except small craft such as canoes and kayaks). Boat clubs are asked to pay a reasonable donation in lieu of individual annual fees on behalf of their members. Small boat users are asked to pay an annual donation of their choosing as a goodwill gesture.

All payments should be sent to the DNT Treasurer, Mr Peter Markham at the DNT registered office (address above).



Enjoy a Boat Trip

Boat trips are being run on Driffield Canal for the first time during the autumn and winter months following the success of the cruises during spring and summer. Organisations and groups have experienced the trips, especially during the two-day canal gala in July, from Frodingham Landing.

The cruises are ideal for viewing beautiful countryside, not normally seen from public roads, and observing birds and other wildlife. Now enthusiasts are invited to view that scenery in its winter glory - especially if there is snow and frost on the ground.

John Scholey. DNT chairman, said: "It will be most interesting for nature lovers and birdwatchers to sail down the canal on a crisp winter morning. Participants should wrap-up well, and arm themselves with flasks of hot drinks, or soup, for a great experience."

The trip boats, Lady Jayne and Driffield Navigator, have protection for passengers and crew against inclement weather. They are based at and operate from Frodingham Landing close to the B1249 Frodingham Bridge. Lady Jayne can take up to 12 passengers, and Navigator a maximum of 10 passengers.

The cost per boat is £60 per hour. Prices per passenger obviously vary according to numbers. Contact 01262 488599/07770937772 or 01377 270508.


The Lady Jayne


The Driffield Navigator


The bridge at Wansford

Wansford Bridge

At present the use of the Navigation for its full length by boat traffic other than canoes and kayaks is impeded by a low fixed bridge across the canal at Wansford. This bridge carries the road that connects Wansford and Skerne.

The original bridge had been a swing bridge. This was replaced in 1967 with the present bridge by the then East Riding County Council, when the original bridge had fallen into disrepair. At the time the commercial traffic had ceased using the canal and the idea of the Navigation being used by recreational boat traffic had not taken root.

It is most important that the fixed bridge at Wansford be replaced with a swing bridge so as to allow the movement of boats for the full length of the Navigation all the way to the market town of Driffield. The potential economic benefits to Driffield and the surrounding area could be substantial. Driffield has the potential to become an inland tourist destination with the development of Riverhead.



The Driffield Navigation

May we always remember our ancesters,
From all walks of life, hardworking and clever.
So behold and this venture admire,
Let its example all inspire.
A worthy monument to human endeavour,
This link with the past may we never sever.

This project should serve as a noble seal,
To the embodiment of a dream and the epitome of zeal.
A combination of imagination, enterprise, skill, sweat and toil.
A fitting way to remember those who had vision,
And those who dug the soil.
What they achievedmay all respect and no one spoil!

A poem by David Credland


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