Wey & Arun Canal Trust

Jul 31, 2017 | Canal News


People strolling in the countryside and visiting historic locations have raised around £10,000 to help bring a 19th century waterway back to life.  Their enjoyable expedition supported the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT), which is carrying out a number of restoration projects.  The money was amassed by 150 people who took part in the charity’s annual fundraising walk, the Poddle, at the beginning of June.

“We are delighted with the money raised for the canal restoration fund,” said walk organiser Margaret Darvill. “With Gift Aid added, the final proceeds from the Poddle will be about £10,000.  The trust is really grateful to the people who sponsored our walkers and our thanks go to all those who completed the Poddle and to those who helped with the organisation and on the day.”

The Poddle supports the restoration of ‘London’s Lost Route to the Sea’, a 23-mile waterway which ran from the River Arun at Pallingham in West Sussex to the River Wey at Shalford in Surrey.  This year’s walkers followed a 12-mile route around the Arun Valley, starting and finishing at Ingfield Manor School at Five Oaks, north of Billingshurst, with lunch at Wisborough Green Scout Hut.  The route included the canal from Loves Bridge, past Rowner Lock – the site of the first volunteer working party on the canal – to Lordings, where walkers were able to see a unique waterwheel and a restored aqueduct.


Special Cruises on the Wey & Arun Canal, Loxwood

Pirates & Princesses Adventure Trips:  9 & 24 August

If you are looking for something different to do with the children during  the summer holidays then why not join in the fun of a Pirates & Princesses Adventure Trip on the canal on the dates mentioned above.  Come in fancy dress and enjoy some good swashbuckling fun with ‘sea’ battles to try and defeat the pirates, rescue the princess and take possession of the treasure chest! The trips will last approximately 1½ hours and will depart at 11.00am and 2.00pm.  Tickets cost £11 per person to include light refreshments, and a share of the captured treasure for all the children.  Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Quiz & Nibbles Sunset Cruise:  18 August

Enjoy a topical quiz, a glass of wine and a selection of ‘nibbles’ whilst gently cruising along the beautiful canal. 6.30pm to 8.00pm. £40 per table of four. Booking in advance is essential.

The boat departs from the wharf beside the Onslow Arms on the B2133 in Loxwood. For more information, please call The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Office on 01403 752403 or email  office@weyandarun.co.uk.  Bookings can be made online via the Boat Trips page of the website: www.weyandarun.co.uk