Christmas on the Wey & Arun Canal

Volunteers are gearing up for some festive fun on the Wey & Arun Canal with the popular Santa Cruises ready to begin on Saturday December 3rd, running at weekends and the week up until Christmas.

The 40-minute trips include seasonal refreshments for all and a present for children under 12 from Santa, who will join passengers onboard and join in the fun. The trips will take place on Wiggonholt, the Trust’s spacious canal boat that is specially equipped to take wheelchairs.

After summer trips were halted due to water shortages volunteers are keen to get back on the water and make Christmas special for visitors.

To book a seat on the Christmas trips, just go to:

Visiting volunteers lend a hand

Volunteers from fellow restoration groups London WRG and KESCRG have been giving regular visitors a helping hand in removing the diseased and dying ash trees along the canal at Loxwood.

An independent survey has identified those trees that require felling due to ash dieback and the Trust will be carrying out the work over several seasons to ensure the safety of towpath users and boaters.

Volunteers spent a weekend carrying out the tree work and clearing reeds on the offside near Barnsill Bridge. A specialist Forestry team will also be lending their expertise over the autumn.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum but there may be short towpath closures while some work is carried out.

Apprentice Adam to become permanent staff member

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust became the first independent canal society to take on an apprentice in 2021 and now apprentice Adam Rayner will be joining the team as a permanent member of staff.

Adam (pictured left) has completed a Level 2 Water Environment Worker apprenticeship, working with Wey & Arun Canal Trust staff and volunteers to gain on-the-job training, while studying both remotely and in person at Bridgwater and Taunton College.

Adam said he had enjoyed his apprenticeship immensely and was looking forward to helping progress the canal’s restoration as a permanent member of the team.

Anniversary Poddle 2023 set for Sunday June 4th

Next year marks the 50th Poddle sponsored walk and as such the 2023 event will be a particularly special one. The 12-mile walk will start in the grounds of Petworth House, where in 1813 the 3rd Earl of Egremont backed an act of Parliament authorising the building of the Wey and Arun Junction Canal which extended the navigation from Newbridge in West Sussex to Stonebridge Wharf south of Guildford on the Godalming portion of the river Wey. Everyone is invited to join this annual event on Sunday June 4th, so save the date and look out for more details on social media and at