The Wey & Arun Canal at Loxwood. Picture: Louise Adams C130277-9
The Wey & Arun Canal at Loxwood. Picture: Louise Adams C130277-9

Look how far Wey & Arun Canal Trust has come in the past 25 years

When the first fee-paying passengers cruised along the canal back in 1995, few members could have imagined Wey & Arun Canal Trust going on to celebrate 25 years of public boat trips – or just how far it would come, having opened up a section of the waterway that had not carried a narrowboat for 125 years. In the recent Christmas and new year period alone, boat trips carried more than 1,000 passengers.

By Elaine Hammond
Thursday, 16th April 2020, 5:02 pm

The inaugural boat trip on May 28, 1995, was for invited guests and it took them only 1¼ miles,on the restored stretch from Drungewick, near Loxwood, passing under Barnsill Bridge to Baldwin’s Knob Lock. Restoration over the past 25 years has seen the completion of Brewhurst Bridge and Lock, Devil’s Hole Lock, Southland Lock and the £2million project at Loxwood road crossing, so now, the trust has created a three-and-a-half mile showpiece section of the canal.

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