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New guide to exploring the Wey & Arun Canal.
"Visiting the Wey & Arun Canal" is a new guidebook from the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) that aims to make it easier for visitors to use the canal for leisure activities and to also find out more about the canal's history and route.

While the Canal Centre at Loxwood, West Sussex, and the public boat cruises offered from there may have helped many people explore one section of the Canal, there are many other parts of the waterway that visitors have yet to discover. The launch of this new publication aims to change that.

Sally Schupke, chairman of the Trust says "This marvellous little book is an absolute must for anybody wishing to visit the Wey & Arun Canal, called "London's Lost Route to the Sea". They will have the opportunity to see where original canal structures still stand, newly restored areas, and explore its path through Surrey and Sussex countryside."

The 72-page guide includes colour photographs of the canal, as well as maps and details of how to access parts of the canal by road and by public transport.

The new guidebook is priced at £5 and can be bought from the Loxwood Canal Centre (situated behind the "Onslow Arms" pub, on the B2133 in Loxwood, West Sussex, opening hours 12-3pm Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends, telephone 01403 753999 or email canalcentre@weyandarun.co.uk) or available by mail order (plus £1.50 P&P) from the WACT office, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, RH14 0RH email office@weyandarun.co.uk or by calling 01403 752403 between 9am and 1pm on weekdays.


The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal was built between 1813 and 1816 to link the Rivers Wey and Arun, thus forming an inland barge route between London and the south coast in order to provide a safe inland route for military supplies to the fleet in Portsmouth. However, after the Napoleonic Wars, it became a largely agricultural canal, carrying goods including coal, chalk, lime and farm produce. The coming of the railways finally sealed the canal's fate, the waterway being abandoned in 1871.

Since 1971, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust, a registered charity, has been working to re-open navigation along the waterway and, once fully restored, to again link Littlehampton on the south coast with the River Thames via the River Wey.

Last updated  Monday, 5 November, 2012
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