Issue date: 5th August 2013
Forecasts for heavy rain at the end of June failed to deter a small flotilla of boats from casting off from Pulborough, West Sussex, on 22nd June with the crews determined to show once again that the Arun is navigable as far as Pallingham Quay.
By midday the five boats and crews plus nine canoes were heading upstream towards Pallingham. The group then explored the nearby stretch of the canal before heading back to Pulborough, completing the trip in three and a half hours.
The Wey & Arun Canal joins the river just downstream of Pallingham Quay. The aim of this annual event is to ensure that, when restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal is completed, there will be no legal reason why boats cannot venture from the canal into the Arun. These cruises were started by IWA in around 1983 with the Wey & Arun Canal Trust taking over in 2011.
The annual navigation event plays the vital role of proving that navigation rights continue to be exercised. When the canal is reopened it will once again be possible to travel from London to Arundel and Littlehampton along rivers and the Wey & Arun Canal.