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East Cottingwith to Melbourne, Pocklington Canal Walk

This rural stretch along the Pocklington Canal starts at East Cottingwith, where the Canal meets the River Derwent.


IWA East Yorkshire Branch

East Cottingwith, near York


5 miles (8 km)



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This walk follows the Pocklington Canal towards Melbourne Basin, where there is the option to extend your walk and continue towards Bielby, or even further for the full 9 miles to Canal Head, just short of Pocklington.

[The photo shows moorings in Melbourne Arm  –  by Gordon Harrower]

Walk details


Parking is available in Melbourne and East Cottingwith.


The towpath can be uneven in places and may be muddy during the winter months.

East Cottingwith to Melbourne Walk Map

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Begin The Walk

1. East Cottingwith

This is a straight forward walk along the towing path, but first there is a short track leading to the canal from the starting point of East Cottingwith village, where there is ample roadside parking.  The road past the church soon turns into a bridleway.  Follow this down to the Canal and East Cottingwith Lock.  From here, bear left down to the junction with the River Derwent, then retrace your steps and follow the towpath, heading north eastwards.  After just over a mile, just before the hamlet you will reach the hamlet of Storwood, where the towpath swaps sides.  From here on, it is simply a case of following the towpath along this delightful rural canal for the next three miles.

[The photo shows new gates being fitted at the lock in 2010.]

2. Melbourne

When you reach swing bridge No 7, cross the bridge and head south along a short track towards the village of Melbourne.  Features of the village include the Melbourne Arms and a corrugated iron church dating from 1882.  There is also a village shop.  The return walk is along the towpath.

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