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River Hull

The tidal River Hull runs from the end of the Driffield Navigation at Aike and extends to the Humber Estuary at Kingston-upon-Hull.

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Facts & Stats

16 miles

(25.8 km)

The length of the River Hull that is navigable.

0 locks

11 miles

(17.7 km)

The length of the Driffield Navigation.

From Aike to Kingston-Upon-Hull

The River Hull is joined by the navigable Beverley Beck (0.8 miles – 1.3 km – 1 lock) at Grove Hill, by the derelict Level Canal near Arram and the formerly navigable Aike Beck near Aike.

Driffield Navigation extends from Aike to the head of navigation in Driffield Town, with branches along Frodingham Beck to Frodingham Landing, and West Beck to Corps Landing. The Navigation is currently blocked by the lowered Wansford Bridge, with other bridges and locks restored by Driffield Navigation Trust.

Driffield Navigation Trust supported by Driffield Navigation Amenities Association, 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. 

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.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 61′ (18.5 metres)
  • Beam: 14′ 6″ (4.4 metres)
  • Height: 9′ 6″ (2.8 metres)
  • Draught: 4′ (1.2 metres)

Navigation authority

Driffield Navigation Trust and Hull City Council

Useful Info

Within the Hull City boundary, the City Council is the navigation authority, but the rest of the river is a free navigation and does not have a navigation authority.