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Volunteers aim to restore the canal at Birtley, Surrey, and create a 2.5km circular walk, requiring the construction of two lift bridges

by Wey & Arun Canal Trust in Bramley, England, United Kingdom

Bringing back London's Lost Route to the Sea

In the 19th century it was possible to travel by boat from London to Littlehampton on the south coast of England via the rivers Wey and Arun, linked between Shalford in Surrey and Pallingham in Sussex by the 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal. Like many canals, though, the growth of the railways led to its demise and in 1871 the canal fell into disuse.  

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust was formed by volunteers in 1973 with the dream of restoring the 23-mile navigable link and recreating the direct water link between London and the sea. Their vision is slowly becoming a reality and so far 22 bridges and two aqueducts have been reconstructed, 11 locks restored and a new one built, culverts rebuilt and many miles of canal bed cleared and dredged. 

Volunteers' efforts have meant many thousands of people enjoy the restored sections of canal, towpaths and diverse wildlife it attracts.  

Our next project

Funds are now needed for the Trust's latest project - the creation of two lift bridges at Birtley in Surrey, to complete a picturesque circular walk and open up another area of canal to visitors.

The bridge is being designed and built entirely by volunteers, but we require funds to buy equipment and materials. With your help we can complete this project and ensure many more visitors get to enjoy the beauty of this historic waterway.

 

The section of restored waterway at Loxwood in West Sussex is well used by anglers, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards and the Trust's own trip boats, while the towpath is enjoyed by many walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

Become a Member

Annual Individual Membership is just £15. Members receive a quarterly colour magazine showing the Trust's activities and invitations to attend member events and meetings.

£20 or more

Joint/Family Membership

Annual Joint Membership is just £20. Members receive a quarterly colour magazine showing the Trust's activities and invitations to attend member events and meetings.

£300 or more

Life Membership

Become a Life Member for just a one-off donation of £300. Members receive a quarterly colour magazine showing the Trust's activities and invitations to attend member events and meetings.

£400 or more

Joint Life Membership

Become Life Members (two) for just a one-off donation of £400. Members receive a quarterly colour magazine showing the Trust's activities and invitations to attend member events and meetings.

£500 or more

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Private Boat Charter

Pledge at least £500 and you will be offered a private half-day boat charter on the restored section of the canal at Loxwood in Sussex. You can take along a party of up to 48 people and the boat will be fully crewed so you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful Sussex countryside. Note: your private boat charter will be scheduled for a convenient date in the Spring/Summer 2020 season.


Let's make 'New canal bridges' happen

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