Swans on Navigation





Tribute to Derek Madin

Tributes have been paid to a boating enthusiast who played a leading role in the early days of the restoration of Driffield Canal who has died. Driffield Navigation Trust  commissioners have been saddened by the death of Derek Madin who was devoted to making the derelict canal fully navigable again.

Frodingham 1985

Pushing the boats out . . .Mr Derek Madin, new chairman of the Driffield Navigation Amenities Association,
at their annual Public Cruise Weekend held at North Frodingham Canal.



Derek and his family moved to Leicestershire several years ago, but he loved to keep in touch on the progress being made on Driffield Navigation.

Canal commissioner John Jefferson, who was also a member of the disbanded Driffield Navigation Amenities Association, was a friend of Derek's for many years.

He said: "Derek was dedicated to the canal and worked hard on the restoration, not only as a member of the DNAA, but also as a commissioner. He was chairman of the DNAA in 1986 when I was secretary, and had been a stalwart of  the Driffield Navigation since the early 1970s. A lot of the things he did were at Frodingham Landing, and his family want to scatter some of his ashes there as an act of remembrance."

Derek was elected a commissioner and trustee of the navigation in 1983, and acted as the official collector of boat registrations up to 1995.
In 1986, he was nominated as the correspondent with the Charity Commission when the DNAA constitution was amended. Derek was also a
committee member of the northern branch of the Inland Waterways Association. He was leader of the committee which adopted drawings for a British Waterways Board standard design for a swing bridge to replace the temporary fixed bridge at Brigham.  Although the new bridge was
manufactured, planning permission could not be obtained, so it was adapted to replace part of Bethell's Bridge at Hempholme.

Derek also played an active part in canal working parties, and fundraising events, until he moved away from the area. He died just before Christmas, 2021, after being in  poor health for over a year.



Our 2021 gala was a great success

The Trustees of Driffield Navigation Trust, grouped together at North Frodingham Landing on the occasion of our 2021 Canal Gala, welcome you to our website, and look forward to your support for our very worthy cause.


Pictured - left to right - John Turton, Tony Arnott, Johnny Sutton, Peter Markham, Paul Wilson, Gina Simpson (Clerk), Rob Hood, Doug Stephenson, Colin Askin, David Taylor, Chris Shuttleworth and John Scholey (Chair - in the front).

The trustees of Driffield Canal welcomed hundreds of supporters to their 2021 gala to celebrate the ongoing restoration and raise funds for the upkeep of the waterway. Driifield Navigation Trust, which runs the 11-mile canal, pushed the boat out for the two-day fundraiser at Frodingham Landing on Satuday and Sunday, September 25 and 26.

The trustees also wanted to show that the waterway is open for business, including boat trips , following the pandemic lockdowns. Families joined cruises on the trust's popular trip boats, Lady Jayne and Driiffield Navigator, to view countryside not normally see from the road.

Trust chairman John Scholey said: "It was one of the best weekends we have had at the Landing, and fortunately we were blessed with good weather. We had a good crowd of people on both days, and the taster boat trips proved to be very popular.  Both boats were running non-stop from 10am to 4-30pm on both days, with queues of visitors building up to take a trip. Kylie the East Coast Soul singer was brilliant, and helped to keep visitors entertained.  We were also delighted to have the Great Driffield Radio roadshow, who  broadcast interviews with canal trustees and visitors from the gala throughout the weekend."

"The trustees want to thank everyone who supported us by attending the gala weekend, because we rely on on the money raised for the upkeep of the waterway."

Visitors were also able to see work undertaken by volunteers from the trust to improve facilities at the landing, which has become a popular launching spot for paddleboarders and canoeists.

Trust vice-chairman Mike Artley said: "We are on a mission to see boats being able to sail all the way from  Hull into the Canal Basin at Riverhead, but the major sticking point is the low fixed road bridge at Wansford. As we come out of the pandemic, the trustees are looking forward to meeting with East Riding Council, and other partners, to discuss the way forward for Wansford Bridge."

The trust would like to thank everyone who attended, and those who supported the organising, including Driffield Town Council and Great Driffield Radio.

See our events page for more photos



Hard at work!

Canal Map Lock Gate Repair


About Driffield Navigation Trust

The purpose of our organisation

EgretThe 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: 5 New Walk Close, Driffield, YO25 5LG.

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.

It is important that the maintenance and administration of the Driffield Navigation for commercial, leisure and recreational purposes is properly funded, and that in addition to this all environmental, conservation and heritage matters receive attention. Such work benefits children, young people and the public in general, including wildlife.

Boat owners are asked to ensure that they pay their annual boat fee of £60 (all except small craft such as canoes and kayaks), and 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 note that there is a fee of £5 per day for the launching of dinghies, canoes or other craft at North Frodingham Landing. Under 17s no charge. Honesty boxes for this purpose are provided at North Frodingham landing, Brigham Bridge and Riverhead at Driffield. Regular users with small boats are requested to pay an annual fee of £40.

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

(Photo of Little Egret on the Navigation by George Credland)



Enjoy a Boat Trip

Trips are now operating on the Driffield Navigation and every effort will be made to accommodate anyone wanting to take part in these trips.The cruises are ideal for viewing beautiful countryside, not normally seen from public roads, and observing birds and other wildlife. People can learn more about the historic waterway, or simply relax.

This can be the ideal way for a group or family to have a celebration with a picnic and a bottle of champagne. A finger buffet can be arranged, but bring your own drinks.

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. Without the current restrictions, 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

Lady Jayne
Handrails have now been fitted to allow the roof to be used as an observation deck for birdwatching/sightseeing etc.


The Driffield Navigator

Driffield Navigator


The bridge at Wansford

Wansford BridgeAt 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 Mortimer's Warehouse Project

Mortimer's Warehouse

Work is ongoing to find a suitable community use for this historic building. We wil keep the public informed as the project develops.



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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