Wey and Arun Canal Trust poddlers

THE OPPORTUNITY to explore new footpaths around West Sussex while raising money for the restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal attracted 178 walkers to the 41st annual Poddle.

Starting from the Brinsbury Campus of Chichester College, near Adversane, walkers covered a 15-mile circular route, organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT).

“The weather was ideal for walking,” said WACT chairman Sally Schupke, who took part for the first time. “The route took us through some of Brinsbury’s farmland with views of the North and South Downs and through a quarry which supplied some of the stone for locks on the canal, and along part of the canal towpath itself.

“Organisers Jo and Kevin Holcombe and route planners Geoff and Rosie Perks have done a great job of organising this key event for the trust for over ten years but are now standing down so I’d like to thank them for their hard work.”

All the sponsorship funds have yet to be collected but organisers have estimated that the event will raise around £8,500. The funds have been earmarked for the reconstruction of Gennets Bridge lock in Ifold.