The Wey and Arun Canal was built in the early 19th Century, and provided the missing transport link between London and the South Coast. Then, along came the railways and the canal became a barely used relic. After a Parliamentary Act of Abandonment was passed in 1871 it fell into disrepair, becoming little more than a stagnant damp depression in the ground for virtually all its length, and it remained unused, unloved and virtually forgotten for almost a century.
Fast forward to 1970 when what was to become the Wey and Arun Canal Trust began to restore the canal with the intention to reopen all 23 miles- they're currently about half way through the restoration, and a large section around Loxwood is once again navigable.
Join me at the Onslow Arms in Loxwood, for an easy 7.5 mile walk along the canal towpath and out into the surrounding woodland and countryside. Lunch bookings now closed, so new RSVPs plese meet us outside the pub at 1:30pm for the walk only.
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No +1's please, except signed up through the group, and no dogs or children, even well behaved ones on leads!