New date confirmed for Wey and Arun canal walk - cancelled last year by Covid

A public sponsored walk along the Wey and Arun Canal which was cancelled last year because of the pandemic is to go ahead this summer.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:07 pm

The Wey and Arun Canal Trust has confirmed the walk - dubbed the Poddle - will take place on Sunday June 6.

Organisers say the sponsored walk, the 48th annual event, will be a chance for the public to explore the West Sussex countryside - and help support the Wey and Arun Canal Trust at the same time.

The walk is the canal charity’s most important fundraiser of the year with prroceeds going towards future restoration projects as well as current towpath maintenance.

The Poddle sponsored walk. Photo: Julian Mangan

This year’s 12-mile route will begin from the North Hall, Loxwood, and take walkers along the canal as far as Brewhurst Lock and then through countryside and woodland to Winterton Hall in Plaistow.

The afternoon route follows paths north of Plaistow and back to the canal at Bonfire Hanger, returning to North Hall, Loxwood.

Walkers can do either morning or afternoon sessions, or both.

Lunch is provided, along with refreshment stops along the way and organisers say that well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Anyone wanting to take part should register online at https://weyarun.org.uk/events65 and download a sponsor form.

People who enter as a team,and if the team raises more than £200 sponsorship (minimum £20 each), their funds can be split equally with another charity or organisation of the team’s choice.

People who do not want to take part in the walk can also support the Wey and Arun Canal Trust by making a donation online or helping on the day as a marshal or on a refreshment point.

For more information, go to www.weyandarun.co.uk.