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In 1816, The Wey & Arun Junction Canal opened to great fanfare, linking the Wey Navigation near Guildford to the south coast via the Arun Navigation. Conceived during the Napoleonic Wars, the Canal was intended to provide a safe, efficient route from London to Portsmouth to carry goods supplying the dockyards. In its heyday, the Canal did carry many tons of cargo but the end of the war with France, and the arrival of the railways, sounded the death knell for the Wey & Arun as a business, and by 1871 it was formally closed.
The boats cruise along the idyllic Loxwood Link section of the canal on the Surrey/West Sussex border. Public trips run every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 6th April until Sunday 27th October, except Easter Sunday and Monday. The Trust also runs special cruises in the evenings as well as children’s events.
Thanks to the work of the Trust and its volunteers, many miles of towpath are now available for walkers, cyclists and riders, with free routes available to download at our website. For wildlife enthusiasts Hunt Nature Park in Shalford and its viewing platform is a must visit.
For more information about the Wey & Arun Canal Trust and its work, head to our website or visit us at our Canal Centre in Loxwood.