Loxford to the River Wey
Our Waterway Recovery Group volunteers have worked on an attractive length with potential for opening up the towpath as part of a network of footpaths, including the Downs Link old railway path. Two new liftbridges will form links in this footpath system and will one day open for boats to pass.
Having spent some years concentrating on the Loxwood Link length, a few years ago the Wey & Arun Canal Trust adopted a ‘three sites strategy’ to spread activity onto the northern sections too, as part of the long-term aim to open the whole route.
One of the new sections is the Summit, where Compasses Bridge and a slipway have been built; the other is at the north end where the canal leaves the River Wey near Shalford. The Birtley length is a new site between these two sections, and a first step towards eventually closing the gap between them.