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The route will lead through beautiful Sussex countryside and introduce walkers to some interesting features of the Wey and Arun Canal and its engineering. It will take us from Wisborough Green, along a track over the River Arun, to the Wey and Arun Canal. We will explore a short stretch of the canal and learn a little about its origins, why and how it was built, and the progress of its ongoing restoration.
We will explore the recently restored Haybarn Bridge, currently the only swing bridge on the canal, and visit Lordings Lock and Lordings Aqueduct, both also restored by volunteers of the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. Here there is a replica of the original and unusual waterwheel which lifted water from the River Arun into the canal. Arrangements have been made for volunteers to be on hand to give a working demonstration of the wheel and explain the innovative method by which it works.
The walk of approximately 5½ miles is predominantly on footpaths and bridleways so may be soft underfoot, especially in wet weather, so appropriate footwear is advisable. The route will take us through farmland and meadows to cross the canal at the site of the proposed Harsfold Bridge. We will follow a short circuit to re-join the canal at Haybarn Swing Bridge, then follow the canal towpath as far as Lordings Lock and Aqueduct where we shall see a demonstration of the water wheel in action. We will retrace our steps along a shorter route to the start point.
There will be an opportunity to find lunch in Wisborough Green on our return (expected to be about 1.30pm). A provisional booking has been made for a light pub lunch at the Three Crowns Inn at 2.00pm - if you wish to join our lunch party at this venue please kindly inform Anne Qualters (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can pre-advise numbers to the pub to avoid delays in serving.
Please see the downloadable flyer for information about the history of this historic canal.
The meeting point is a tarmacked lane, leading south off the A272, almost opposite Glebe Way (Grid Ref TQ052 257). Parking is available at the side of the lane, opposite the scout hut and allotments.
The walk leader will be Gary Courtnadge. e: email@example.com or t: 01243 552099 or m: 07802 225173.