Make a date for Wey and Arun Canal Trust’s 40th poddle

THE WEY and Arun Canal Trust holds its Poddle on Sunday, June 10 – the 40th in an unbroken series of annual sponsored walks raising funds for the waterway restoration project.

The organisers plan a different route each year and always try to include a part of the canal route.

The Poddle is never more than 15 miles in distance and there is always a lunch stop somewhere around the halfway point where walkers are welcome to a free lunch.

Transport can be arranged for any walker who wishes to return from the lunch stop to the start or finish point, and every three miles or so there is a refreshment point offering squash or water.

The Poddle’s route this year will start and finish at the newly refurbished North Hall in Loxwood, briefly passing beside the canal on the way to the lunch stop at Kirdford village hall, a distance of about eight and a half miles.

The homeward leg winds through Ifold before joining the canal just north of Southland Lock. Here, walkers will have a chance to see the progress of the trust’s latest major rebuilding undertaking. From Southland the route follows the towpath to the restored Devil’s Hole Lock. The whole walk is just over 14 miles.

Anyone wanting to join in should telephone 01403 752403 or email for more information.