First boat trip along restored Wey & Arun Canal

THE first boat trip in more than 140 years is to take place on a newly restored stretch of canal.

Recent work by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s volunteers on a section of canal in Surrey, running along the edge of Dunsfold Park, will see boat trips starting on Saturday, September 1.

The trust has refurbished its 12-seater boat the John Smallpeice, ready for the inaugural trips, which will be the first boat on the Wey & Arun Canal in Surrey since 1871.

The trust already runs hugely popular trips at Loxwood, and that weekend will see the start of its second boat centre.

Sally Schupke, chairman of the Wey and Arun Canal Trust said: “This will be the first boat on the Wey and Arun Canal in Surrey, which is a great tribute to all our volunteers and a culmination of a lot of hard work.”

This recent work focused on a section next to the entrance to the Three Compasses pub, located by the Dunsfold Road at Alfold, which is at the highest point of the whole canal.

The ultimate aim of the trust is to achieve the restoration of the canal as a public amenity, and by recreating the link between the rivers Wey and Arun, restore the direct water link between London and the south coast.

The trust has several ongoing restoration projects, and lengths of the canal are now in water.

Boat trips on the new stretch of canal will begin from the section next to the Three Compasses pub in Alfold, GU6 8HY.

The trips will be running every 30 minutes from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2.

Tickets are £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

Booking in advance is advised by calling 01403 752403 or by emailing office@weyandarun.co.uk.

Alternatively people can visit the Canal Centre in Loxwood. Tickets will also be available on the day at the ticket desk.