Wey & Arun Canal Camps 2020


Location: Surrey, Birtley

Activities: Lift bridge 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. Volunteers on this years camps will be working towards building the second of two new lift bridges needed to bring the Birtley section of canal back into working order. The work will involve preparing the site for future work and to begin the construction of the bridge.  This camp is a perfect opportunity for budding engineers and construction enthusiasts to experience first-hand what it takes to work on a significant infrastructure project.

Camp Code   Dates Leadership Team Cook 

4th - 11th July

CC202006 11th - 18th  July TBC TBC
CC202019 24th - 31st October TBC


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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 this years volunteers will start the constructing of the second new lift bridge over the canal creating the foundations and starting the construction. Both projects will provide construction opportunities for volunteers.

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!

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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

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