First Wey and Arun Canal boat trip to set sail after 140 years

The first boat trip is to sail on the restored section of the Wey and Arun Canal since 1871, this weekend.

Recent work by the Wey and Arun Canal Trust’s volunteers will enable boat trips to run on the recently restored section of canal in Loxwood for the first time in more than 140 years.

Trust chairman Sally Schupke has said that boat trips are a popular activity.

She said: “The trust already runs hugely popular trips at Loxwood and this weekend will see the start of its second boat centre.

“The most recent restoration work focused on a section of canal next to the entrance to the Three Compasses pub, located by the Dunsfold Road at Alfold, which is at the summit - highest part - of the whole canal and runs along the edge of Dunsfold Park.’’

The Trust has several ongoing restoration projects on the national heritage asset, and lengths of the canal are now in water.

Trip boats with up to 50 seats run cruises on the idyllic Loxwood section of the canal.

A 12-seater boat called the ‘John Smallpeice’ has also been refurbished by the trust ready for the inaugural trips on Saturday and Sunday September 1 and 2.

Boat trips will be run at half hourly intervals from 11am to 4pm on each day and priced at £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.

Booking is recommended through the Trust’s office by emailing or calling 01403 752403. Tickets will be available for sale on the day at the ticket desk.