West Beck

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Coordinates: 53°57′04″N 0°20′53″W / 53.951°N 0.348°W / 53.951; -0.348

West Beck
Basin countries England
Location Yorkshire Wolds

West Beck is the common name given to the upper section of the old River Hull, as it rises in the foothills of the Yorkshire Wolds. After reaching Frodingham Beck at Emmotland, it becomes called the River Hull. It is noteworthy for being the most northerly chalk stream in England. It provides world class fly fishing for wild brown trout and especially grayling.


Starting at Elmswell as a spring, it follows a course which takes it past Little Driffield, around the southern edge of Driffield, through Wansford, past Corpslanding, and joins the Driffield Navigation at Emmotland.


Used, near Driffield, as a source of power for flour mills.

The lower sections of the west beck are navigable, and Yorkshire Keels used to reach Wansford. Due to the shallowness of the river, an Act of Parliament was passed to create the Driffield Navigation. The main route was made further north using Frodingham Beck, and then a new canal from Fisholme through Wansford to Driffield, but the act included navigation to Corpslanding.

The village of Hutton Cranswick created a wharf at Corpslanding, and this has now become the upper legal limit of navigation on the waterway.

Mileage table[edit]

Location Miles from Emmotland
Emmotland (Junction) 0
Corpslanding (navigable limit) 1.8
Wansford, East Riding of Yorkshire 4.4
Driffield 8.4
Little Driffield 9.5
Elmswell 10.6

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