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A great day out to raise money for WACT

A ramble in the beautiful countryside of the Arun Valley viewing hidden sites is on offer to walkers who raise money for the Trust.

We provide a detailed guide to the route, a free lunch and refreshments including tea and cake along the way.

In return for a great day out, we ask that participants raise a minimum of £20 each for the Trust in sponsorship.

Everyone is welcome to join in the event – known as the Poddle – on Sunday, June 4th.

This year, the walkers will follow 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 includes the canal from Loves Bridge, past Rowner Lock – the site of the first volunteer working party on the canal – to Lordings. Walkers will be able to see a unique waterwheel and a restored aqueduct.

After lunch, the route heads across farmland and past the partially restored Malham Lock then through woodland back to the school.

Walk co-ordinator Margaret Darvill said: “We welcome everyone who would like to support the canal restoration through an enjoyable day in the country. Walkers can do half the route, either the morning or the afternoon, if they wish.

A bonus for community groups and other charities is that they can raise money for their good causes through a 50/50 sponsorship option, without having to do any of the organising.

Teams of walkers which collect more than £200, a minimum of £20 each, split their proceeds equally with the Trust.

Margaret added: “Our 50/50 arrangement particularly benefits groups such as the scouts and guides and other young people’s organisations. We make all the arrangements, they help themselves and the trust while enjoying a day out in some lovely countryside.”

Individuals and groups can register to join the Poddle at . For more information, call Margaret on 01483 894606 or e-mail her at .