There’s not much to compare with the natural joy of camping, except possibly camping next to one of Britain’s prettiest canals in a stylish wooden pod. That’s what is on offer at Wolds Glamping, a campsite with a difference located at the Canal Head, Ashfield, just outside Pocklington. The campsite has six purpose-built wooden pods, each with heating, lights, phone chargers and enough space for three beds. This isn’t your typical campsite, but then again, the Pocklington isn’t your typical canal.
The Pock, as it’s affectionately known to locals, is a particularly charming rural canal that opened in 1818 to connect the 9.5 miles from the town of Pocklington to the River Derwent near East Cottingwith. Although it proved useful for 130 or so years, after the Second World War the canal was almost lost when plans were made to fill it with chalk residue. Happily conservationists stepped in and we recently celebrated the official opening of the restored Thornton Lock in the bicentenary year. The canal was also granted a Green Flag Award, recognising Pock as one of the country’s top open spaces.
The canal falls within three different Sites of Special Scientific Interest, where you can see a variety of waterfowl, insects and wildflowers as well as some superb humpback bridges. Other local attractions include the small town of Pocklington itself and the nearby Burnby Hall Gardens, where you can explore gardens and see the world’s largest rocking horse. The cities of York and Hull, and the glorious North Yorkshire Moors, are all a short drive away.
Wolds Glamping is located on former farmland at the canal’s starting point just outside Pocklington. As well as the pods, there’s a shower block with showers and a kitchen area with microwave, fridge and a kettle. If all this comfort is making you uncomfortable and you prefer the rougher aesthetics of conventional camping, there’s a campsite at the nearby Allethorpe Lakeland Park – a watersports centre set in 53 acres of woodland, with space for tents as well as facilities for fishing, swimming, boating, paddleboarding and an inflatable aquatic water course.