Information about our local waterways, including where they are, why they are important, and who manages them.
The term ‘inland waterways’ is most commonly associated with navigable canals, yet the East Riding boasts a diversity far broader than this definition. Ranging from natural chalk streams rising high on the Yorkshire Wolds and hidden havens to rapid rivers and working navigations, the water bodies in our area are diverse and unique and contribute to the fascinating landscape character of our area.
Our waterways are important because they can be used to support economic, environmental and social regeneration. It is this diversity of purpose that makes them so valuable to our local area.
Waterways are an increasingly important part of the East Riding’s sustainable transport network. They help to promote trade within and outside the area and they are integral to agricultural productivity and good farming practice.
There is also the potential to develop our waterways so they contribute to the East Riding’s growing nature and recreational tourism offer. Our waterways are also part of the East Riding’s fascinating history and heritage.
Our waterways are integral to flood risk management because they are crucial to the drainage of the Yorkshire Wolds and the East Riding. Good land and water management is essential for business, people and the environment.
Waterways are a key aspect of our natural environment, providing vital green and blue infrastructure and habitats for wildlife. They also promote health and wellbeing in our communities because they can be used as places for recreation, relaxation and learning.
In addition, our waterways are integral to the unique character of the East Riding, helping to create a sense of place and a source of civic pride.
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:
Our inland waterways (pdf 424kb opens in new window)
You can find information about our waterways on the East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership’s website:
East and North Yorkshire Waterways Partnership (external website)
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):