Driffield Navigation Trust has restored much of the Navigation to Great Driffield. In 2003, a further 1.6 miles of canal was re-opened for navigation with a new Brigham Swing Bridge and a re-opened Snakeholme Lock. Winhill Lock was restored in 2005 (albeit limited use owing to a fixed bridge over the lock chamber) and Wansford Lock in 2009.
The major tasks remaining are a new electrical swing or lift Wansford Road Bridge and much dredging. A stage 1 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled the Trust to complete over £60,000 of reports setting out completion of the remaining work to restore the Navigation, but funds have yet to be raised for these works to be undertaken. The main line is navigable to Wansford Bridge, and above the bridge, the isolated section is navigable by portable and trailable craft. Frodingham Beck and the branch to Corpslanding are navigable by small craft.
[The photo shows the Head of Navigation at Driffield – by Alison Smedley]