We are still currently taking bookings for our Summer & Autumn Canal Camps. Please be advised we are constantly reviewing the situation with regards to COVID-19. In advance of every successful week lies a combination of careful planning, seeking of permissions, bespoke training and comprehensive preparation work (both on paper and on the ground).
WRG has always taken the health and safety of its volunteers on site and back at our chosen accommodation very seriously and we will not run a camp where this is compromised. In the most immediate sense this means the COVID-19 virus is at the top of our list for risks and we will of course follow any guidance given. However, even if the current restrictions are lifted in the months to come, we may not be able to run a Canal Camp safely and may have to reschedule or even cancel it
Location: Surrey, Birtley
Activities: Site set up and construction
Summary: The Wey & Arun Canal was opened in 1816 as a safe route from London to ports such as Portsmouth. It was abandoned in 1871 but significant restoration work has been carried out since the 1970s.Tickners Heath Crossing is a large scale project with construction of a foot bridge and road bridge, 100m of new canal Chanel and two mooring faces. Excitingly the project will be heavily delivered by volunteers with specialist contractorshis. Volunteers on this years camps will be involved with site setup, including the construction of the works compound, temporary road diversion and foot bridge footings. Volunteers will learn a wide range of skills from concreting and form work to surveying and site marking out
|Camp Code||Dates||Leadership Team||Cook|
4th - 11th July
|Bill Nicholson & Graham Hawkes||Susan Webster|
|CC202006||11th - 18th July||KESCRG||TBC|
|Temporarily Closed||24th - 31st October||TBC||
Where is it? Surrey. The 23-mile Wey & Arun Canal – comprising the combined Arun Navigation and the Wey & Arun Junction Canal – was once the national inland waterway network’s only connection to the English Channel. The canal route runs from the Godalming Navigation of the River Wey at Shalford, near Guildford in Surrey, to the River Arun at Pallingham, near Pulborough in West Sussex.
What is the work for the camps? Over the three weeks volunteers on this years camps will be involved with site setup, including the construction of the works compound, temporary road diversion and foot bridge footings. Volunteers will learn a wide range of skills from concreting and form work to surveying and site marking out
Why is it important? Now known as London's Lost Route to the Sea, in the 19th Century it was a safe route from the capital to ports such as Portsmouth at times when shipping following the South Coast was at risk from attack by the French navy. Restoration of the waterway started in 1971 and since then, more than half the route has been worked on, with 12 locks, 24 bridges and two aqueducts restored or rebuilt. The aim is to make the whole route navigable once more!
What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task!
Accomodation: Kirdford Village Hall, Kirdford, West Sussex, RH14 0LY
Price: £70 includes all food and accomodation for the week and plenty of tea and cake.