Wey and Arun Canal Trust
The aim of the Trust is to achieve the restoration of the link between the Rivers Wey and Arun, and so recreate the direct water link between London and the South Coast. The Trust has reached agreement with landowners that restoration work could take place on over half the 23-mile total length. Already, twenty two bridges have been reconstructed, two aqueducts reconstructed, twelve locks restored, culverts rebuilt and several miles of canal bed cleared and dredged. Work has been carried out in the Bramley, Run Common, Loxwood. Billingshurst and Pulborough areas.
The Trust has an agreed Conservation Policy. Its aims are to identify, restore and maintain essential features of the natural and manmade landscape affecting the waterway and to maintain and enhance the diversity of habitats of nature conservation value.
The Trust is an entirely voluntary organisation, relying on the support of its members and friends, as well as the generosity of local businesses and the goodwill of local councils. The Trust is fortunate to have the services of volunteer professional engineers to design and supervise its restoration work. The work is carried out by the Trust's own work force, volunteers who meet every weekend, with the help of visiting voluntary groups on both long weekends and two-week summer camps.
Materials, plant and sub-contractors are financed by the Trust's own fund-raising operations. The money is raised mainly from sponsored events, recycling of waste paper and materials, lotteries and donations.
Full restoration involves the solution of many problems which the Trust would be the last to underestimate. More landowners need to be won over, water supply problems need to be overcome, local authorities need to be persuaded of the benefits to justify expenditure on raising road bridges etc.
The Trust has prepared a full feasibility study and commissioned an independent cost/benefit analysis which gives it confidence that the obstacles can be overcome, as they have been already on canal restoration schemes elsewhere.
Fully restored, the Wey and Arun Canal would rate among the most scenic in the country. Trip boats cruise along the idyllic Loxwood section on the Surrey/West Sussex border. The electrically powered boat Wiggonholt, which is wider than a conventional narrowboat and can accommodate up to 50 passengers, has an access lift for passengers with mobility difficulties. Our smaller narrowboats include Zachariah Keppel which is suitable for groups of up to 27 passengers and Josias Jessop which will accommodate smaller parties of 12 passengers.
Light refreshments are available for purchase, or picnics may be brought on board the boats. Alternatively, more extensive catering can be arranged with the Onslow Arms public house (situated beside the wharf) which can provide buffet style menus.
Public trips run every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from the beginning of April until the end of October. For information about these, and private charter boat trips and special events such as Mother’s Day, Pirates & Princesses Adventures, Cream Teas, Sunset Cruises, Halloween and Santa Cruises, please telephone the Wey & Arun Canal Trust office on 01403 752403, or email: email@example.com.
- Regional and Miscellaneous - Tourism South East Member 2017
|2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Child ticket||£3.50 per ticket|
|Adult ticket||£6.00 per ticket|
|2 adults + 2 children||£17.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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