Active Towns

Encouraging and supporting communities and residents to be physically, mentally and socially active in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden.

Love Exploring App

Residents and visitors can download the free app to their mobile phone from any app store and follow a map as they walk about their town and selected local parks – from dinosaur safaris to a special spooky town trail with dancing skeletons.

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You can also look to explore your town walking and cycling. Check out a range of trails and routes below.

Visit Walking the East Riding


The East Riding is home to a number of cycling routes that can be viewed online and even downloaded onto your GPS device.

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Bike Libraries

Would you like to try cycling for free? Come along to the Active Towns bike library in your town.

A bike library gives you the chance to loan a bike on the day or for 2 weeks or a month; a range of bikes will be available to loan.

Each of the Bike Libraries will be offering free bike maintenance workshops. Cycle checks include free servicing and minor repairs. At the sessions, you’ll receive a talk about cycle maintenance and a demonstration of how to carry out repairs on their bikes, so you can enjoy your ride safely and with confidence.

How do I get a bike?

The Active East Riding bike library is for residents living in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden. On arrival, you’ll be asked to fill out a form with some basic contact details. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes to cycle in. Bike loans on a first come first serve basis.

Get in touch or visit us if you would like to:

  • Loan a bike
  • Attend a cycle maintenance course
  • Gain a City & Guilds Qualification in Cycle Mechanics
  • Train to become a ride leader

For further information regarding the events please Email Active Towns.

Take part in a bike library in:


A bike library will be at Pocklington Group Practice on:

  • Thursday, 19th May - 9:30am to 1:30pm - have your cycle checked.
  • Tuesday, 21st June - 2pm to 6pm - have your cycle checked.

A bike library will be at Pocklington Rugby Club on:

  • Tuesday, 14th June - 4:30pm to 7pm - have your cycle checked and/or join a guided ride (ride starts at 6pm).
Market Weighton

A bike library will be at Weighton Wolds CIC, The Acorns, 76 Market Place, YO43 3AW on:

  • Tuesday, 10th May - 12pm to 4pm - loan one of our bikes or have your cycle checked.
  • Wednesday, 15th June - 4:30pm to 7pm - have your cycle checked and/or join a guided ride (ride starts at 6pm).
  • Tuesday, 28th June - 12pm to 4pm - return your loan bike or have your cycle checked.

A bike library will be at Revive Church in Goole on:

  • Friday, 29th April - 3pm to 5pm - fixing bikes and giving cycle demos to the youth club.
  • Tuesday, 3rd May - 11:30am to 1:30pm - loan one of our bikes or have your cycle checked.

A bike library will be at Moorlands Community Charity in Goole on:

  • Tuesday, 31st May - 12pm to 4pm - have your cycle checked.
  • Tuesday, 23rd June - 4pm to 8pm - return your loan bike or have your cycle checked.

A bike library will be at West Park in Goole on:

  • Monday, 13th June - 4:30pm to 7pm - have your cycle checked and/or join a guided ride (ride starts at 6pm).

A bike library will be at Ashes Playing Field in Howden on:

  • Friday, 27th May - 11am to 5pm - loan one of our bikes or have your cycle checked.
  • Thursday, 16th June - 4:30pm to 7pm - have your cycle checked and/or join a guided ride (ride starts at 6pm).

Happy and Well

This website can help you find your own, personal path to being happy and well. Search by keyword to find local and national services, as well as social, sport and support groups to help you thrive in all aspects of your life.



Giant Bradley Heritage Trail
When you visit Market Weighton the easiest way to see the sites in the town is the follow the Giant Bradley Heritage Trail which starts at Bradley House. The trail consists of granite footprints set into the pavement.
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The Pilgrimage of Grace
The rebellion against King Henry VIII's reformation of the church, and the dissolution of the monasteries, became known as the 'Pilgrimage of Grace'. The rebellion march started in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and took them from Market Weighton Hill, via Pocklington, and into York.
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The Reuben Chappell Art Trail
Created by the Goole Civic Society, this route celebrates Goole's rich maritime history. Starting at the Lowther Hotel on Aire Street, this route follows through the town and riverbank. It is both easy walking and accessible.
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Howden Heritage Blue Plaque Walk
The Heritage Blue Plaque Scheme was devised and is operated by Howden Civic Society, with support from the National Lottery. For a resident or visitor to Howden, following the Blue Plaque trail gives a guide to the history of some of the most interesting buildings in the town.
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Working With Communities

As part of the Active Towns project the Health & Wellbeing Team will be working with residents and local clubs, groups and organisations to expand community resources and help to develop wellbeing activities with residents.

As well as promoting local activities, we can offer support, guidance and funding opportunities to enable clubs and groups to get restarted again in our new world.

To get in touch with the team please contact:

Community Grants

The Active Towns project is aimed at encouraging groups supporting communities and residents to be more physically, mentally, and socially active in Pocklington, Market Weighton, Goole and Howden. The project is working closely in the community with residents, local clubs, groups, and organisations to expand community resources, and increase the number of wellbeing activities for local residents.

The purpose of the Active Towns Community Grant is to enable voluntary community groups with funding help to restart following Covid 19 restrictions and to start up new activities to support physical, mental and social wellbeing. The monies are held with a local Community Anchor Organisation.

All applications will be assessed by a panel of local organisations and a member of East Riding of Yorkshire Councils Active Towns team.

How much is the grant for?

The amount available to local groups and residents depends on whether the group is constituted (has a management committee, bank account and constitution).

For un-constituted community groups and residents, up to a maximum of £200 can be applied for. If a group subsequently becomes constituted, the group can then apply for an additional £800.

For constituted community groups and registered charities, up to a maximum of £1,000 can be applied for.

What can the grant be used for?

The grant is designed to enable people to engage in activities that support their physical and mental health and encourage people to be socially active within their communities. The grant could be used by an existing community group to get up and running again once Covid 19 restrictions allow or could be used to develop new activities which adults and young people have never engaged in before. Ideas include:

  • Provide activities for a new community group, such as facility hire, refreshments
  • Train volunteers to lead community activities/sessions
  • Advertising to promote sessions and activities

The money could be used for, but is not limited to:

  • Set up costs, eg. DBS checks, first year of insurance, premises lease costs, CCTV
  • Revenue costs, for example, facility hire charges (up to 10 weeks), insurance, refreshments
  • Coach/instructor costs
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Advertising
  • Sporting equipment
  • Other non-sporting equipment related to activities e.g. storage, printing, and refreshments
  • IT equipment (laptops, software)
  • PPE and cleaning equipment
  • Transport costs to sessions

The grant money cannot be used for:

  • Retrospective payments
  • New websites
How to apply

To apply for a grant, download and complete your town's application form and return it to your Community Anchor Organisation (details on each town form) by email or post.

There will be two rounds of grants in 2022 for applicants to submit their requests. You must send in your completed application form within one of these rounds to be considered.

  • Round 1 – Monday 5 April – Friday 27 May (You will be notified if you are successful by end of June)
  • Round 2 – Monday 30 May – Friday 29 July (You will be notified if you are successful by end of August)

Successful grants will be notified by the end of the following month of the closing dates. All successful grant allocations will need to be spent by 31 December 2022.

Download Goole Application | Download Howden Application | Download Market Weighton Application |
Download Pocklington Application

What if my application is unsuccessful?

You are welcome to reapply on future rounds of funding. If and when new funding is available again will be shared here.

If you are searching for external funding you can also search for other available grant funding opportunities via the East Riding for Communities website

Terms and Conditions
  • If the grant is put to purposes other than those for which it was awarded without the prior approval, the applicant will be required to repay the full amount of the grant.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or over to apply.
  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively.
  • Successful applicants shall take every opportunity to acknowledge the support of the Active Towns Team, including contacts with the media.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a case study.
  • Please be aware that completion of the application form does not entitle the applicant to receive any funds. Each application will be considered by the awards panel.
  • Requests for payment must be made on the claim form, and accompanied by relevant vouchers and receipts.
  • All grants must be claimed three months from the award date. If claims are received after this three month timescale, then awards will become ineligible.

If you have any more questions, please contact your Community Anchor Organisation (available on each town's Community Grant application form). The Community Hub Lead for Pocklington and Market Weighton is Bernie Clarke (call on 07866 001175) and the Community Hub Lead for Goole and Howden is Mike Nicholson (call on 07824 430255).