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Cruising

Our cruising area is centred on Beverley Beck, a short section of canal originally built to allow deeper draughted vessels to reach Beverley's industrial mills and warehouses. Now replaced with modern Georgian style houses and improved by a £3 million restoration and dredging scheme the Beck is now flourishing.

The entrance to Beverley Beck is at Grovehill Lock on the tidal River Hull approximately 11 miles from it's mouth on the Humber estuary at Sammy's Point ( a quarter of a mile downstream from Hull Marina) Adjacent and inside Grovehill lock is a dry dock and a boat yard ( owned by the lock keeper Mr S Bampton) where the headquarters and clubhouse of the B.B.B.A. are situated in a secure compound.

From Grovehill Lock the River Hull is still Tidal up to Struncheon Hill Lock and entrance to the Driffield Navigation. Special lock keys are required to work this lock and a visitors registration disc must be obtained from the Collector of Tolls.

The Driffield Navigation is in the process of restoration. At the time of writing the landing at North Frodingham is the eastern limit of Navigation, whilst northwards craft of 2 feet draught can navigate to Brigham Bridge and a further 2 miles to Snakeholme Lock.

 Navigational information 

ABP Notices to Mariners

ABP Chart Index (Humber charts)

Navigation on the Humber (ABP site)

Hull city council are in the process of amending the bye laws governing navigation on the lower river hull, the existing regulations published in 1957 are not available online and the 1990 ammendment essentially only updates definitions. If the new regulations become available they will be added here.

Please consult the ABP site for up to date links to regulations governing the Humber estuary.

Please note that there is much more information on the ABP site, which is well worth the time taken to view it. Click here to go to the ABP site

 Weather and forecasts

Current weather from Leconfield (Met office)
Satellite imagery
Radar imagery
Inshore waters forecast
UK Shipping Forecast
Buoyweather

  Tides and predictions

BBBA Tidal predictions for Grovehill lock
 UKHO Easytide data for Albert dock, Hull

BBBA rule of thumb corrections for Grovehill lock::
On spring tides:
LW Grovehill lock is 1hr 30mins before HW Albert dock.
HW Grovehill lock is 1hr 30mins after HW Albert dock.
On Neap tides:
 LW Grovehill lock is 1hr before HW Albert dock.
HW Grovehill lock is 1hr 20mins after HW Albert dock.
All tides:
Levels will rise for around 20 minutes before any flood is visible. The flood will continue for around 20 minutes after HW as levels drop. The flood runs for about 2 hours, the ebb for 10.

Many thanks for the hard work and hours of observations that went into these corrections by one of our members.

Cruising reports

We are now collating some of our cruising reports which will be added here in due course as they are received.
If anyone has a report on a cruise please email it to webmaster@bbba.org.uk and we'll add it here.

Cruise from Beverley to Goole and return via Hull Marina Goole 2007 267Kb, PDF
Return cruise from Beverley, via river Trent, Fossdyke navigation, Wash and North sea The grain run 2008 Part 1 424Kb, PDF
Return cruise from Beverley, via river Trent, Fossdyke navigation, Wash and North sea The grain run 2008 Part 2 424Kb, PDF
Return cruise from Beverley, via river Trent, Fossdyke navigation, Wash and North sea The grain run 2008 Part 3 209Kb, PDF
Cruise to Torksey from Beverley, 2009 Torksey 2009 2403Kb, PDF (Many pictures!)
Weekend cruise to North Frodignham, February 2010 North Frodingham February 2010 183Kb, PDF