An unbroken series of 40 annual sponsored walks – this is the proud boast of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s “Poddle” organisers. This year’s walk takes place on Sunday, 10th June 2012.
The organisers plan a different route each year and always try to include a part of the canal route. This could be a section where the Trust’s restorers have been active or one that has been virtually untouched for over a century. The canal route runs through some of the most attractive parts of the Surrey and Sussex countryside.
The Poddle route is never more than 15 miles and there is always a lunch stop somewhere around the halfway point where walkers are welcome to a free lunch. Transport can be arranged for any walker who wishes to return from the lunch stop to the start/finish point. Every 3 miles or so there is a refreshment point offering squash or water.
The Poddle's route this year will start and finish at the newly refurbished North Hall in Loxwood, West Sussex and briefly pass beside the canal on the way to the lunch stop at Kirdford Village Hall, a distance of about 8 ½miles. The homeward leg winds through Ifold before joining the canal just north of Southland Lock. Here walkers will have a chance to see the progress of the Trust's latest major rebuilding effort. From Southland the route follows the towpath to the restored Devil's Hole Lock. The whole walk is slightly over 14 miles.
If you would like to join the walk and raise money towards the restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal, please telephone 01403 752403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sponsorship form is available for download from our website. And you can still support the work of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust by sponsoring “the last man” even if you don’t want to join the walk itself.
Published 23rd March 2012
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