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Information about our local waterways, including where they are, why they are important, and who manages them.
What are inland waterways?
The Association of Inland Navigation Authorities defines inland waterways as “including all navigable and operational, non-tidal channels including rivers, canals and lakes, and all associated land and assets such as lock sites, towpaths and amenity areas – in other words any land which has an impact on, or relationship with an operational waterway. These inland waterways may be in public ownership, have public access, or be privately owned; but all will have the potential to be part of the navigation impact zone.”
Ranging from natural chalk streams rising high on the Yorkshire Wolds and hidden havens to rapid rivers and working navigations, the waterways in the East Riding are diverse and unique and contribute to the fascinating landscape character of our area.
Why are our inland waterways important?
Our waterways are important because they contribute to economic, environmental and social regeneration. It is this diversity of purpose that makes them so valuable to our local area.
Waterways are integral to flood risk management and land drainage in the Yorkshire Wolds, the East Riding and Hull. Good land and water management is essential for protecting businesses, communities and the environment.
Waterways are a key characteristic of our natural environment. As part of our assemblage of blue-green infrastructure, they provide vital services such as clean drinking water and habitats for plants and wildlife.
The uniqueness of our waterways help to define the distinctive character of the East Riding, creating a sense of place with their fascinating history and heritage.
Our waterways add to the East Riding’s visitor offer, providing opportunities for recreation, navigation and wildlife spotting. They also promote health and wellbeing as they can be used as places for leisure, relaxation, learning and contemplation.
Where are our inland waterways?
The following waterways are located wholly or in part in the East Riding:
Aire and Calder Navigation; Beverley Beck; Driffield Navigation; Dutch River; Gypsey Race; Hedon Haven; Hornsea Mere; Leven Canal; Market Weighton Canal; Pocklington Canal; River Aire; River Derwent; River Foulness; River Hertford; River Hull; and River Ouse (Lower).
You can view these waterways on the map below:
You can find information about these waterways on the East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership’s website:
Who manages our inland waterways?
Responsibility for our waterways is shared by numerous public, private and third sector bodies and by riparian owners (individuals and organisations who own land adjoining a water body).
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is one of the public sector organisations responsible for managing our waterways. We do this through our regulatory role in planning and development management, land drainage and flood risk management and through our local strategies, plans and partnerships dedicated to sustainable economic development.
Other managing groups and organisations include, but are not limited to, the following (in alphabetical order):