Where is it? 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? This year WRG has 2 canal camps planned on the Canal working on two projects. Over the year volunteers will start constructing 850m of new towpaths and associated recreational paths on a section of the canal at Birtley as well as putting in foundations for a new visitor centre and board walk to access a nature conservation zone at Shalford. Both projects will provide construction opportunities for volunteers – in particular carpentry and concreting.
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!
When is the Canal Camp?
Saturday 20th - Saturday 27th October 2018
Leadership Team: Bill Nicholson & Dave Evans