Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Arun

The River Arun is a tidal river in Sussex, which is a good place for canoeing.

Being tidal, planning is necessary, as the tides here move quickly and cannot easily be paddled against.

Above the confluence with the Rother, half a mile upstream from Pulborough, the effect of the tide is less, so canoeing is possible in most conditions.

The section above Stopham is particularly beautiful, and is one of the nicest bits of river for canoeing in southern England. Equally, the section between Arundel and Amberley, where the River Arun cuts through the South Downs, is quite spectacular and unique in this part of the world.

Paddle Point
Arundel, West Sussex BN18, UK

Membership of the Arundel Boat Club is required however this is very competitively priced.

http://www.arundelboatclub.org/

Excellent for exploring upto Pulborough (no Harbour Dues payable) or south to Ford and Littlehampton.

From the Mill Road Car Park at the entrance to the Field / Overflow parking head immediately upto the River Bank and walk along. Cars must be left in the Car Park (Pay and Display).

The River Arun is a fast flowing, tidal river. Use should only be attempted by suitably experienced skippers. In particular just south of the slipway is the Queen St Bridge where the narrowing of the Arun can create exceptionally strong currents.[img]http://www.paddlepoints.net/ContentImages\1322___Selected[1].jpg[/img][img]http://www.paddlepoints.net/ContentImages\1323___Selected[1].jpg[/img]

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A lovely "there and back" on this beautiful rural river.

Use of high tide will make it easier to get to Pallingham Quay Farm, and possibly beyond, depending on tides and river levels.
Very roughly, the tides on this section are around 4 hours behind Littlehampton.
If the tides aren't right, the flow isn't normally a problem, so its one you can just turn up to any time really.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Put in under bridge, from small parking area just off the road. Very limited parking space, there is more a few hundred yards along the road. Put in is easiest at the downstream side of the bridge, but can be a bit muddy and slippery.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

A launch point at or near high tide on west side of river south of bridge.
Be aware council have closed the car park there this year (it has been used for years) so need to find other parking nearby (not much available). I note this because various websites say there is a car park there.

Thanks Alan. I was thinking of doing a trip from there, and the car park was open a month or two back, so it must be a recent thing!
The faded notice implies the landowner maybe charged too much?
You can launch from Pulborough bridge or see my next comment on a sandy bar on east side of rive 1/2 mile south of Pulborough main car park (If you can carry your boat that far). The only pub in Pulborough, Oddfellows Arms, is right beside that car park. Not sure if there are time limits in that car park. I’ll add when I find out. I have a Gumotex Safari so can pack-pack to a launch site.
Also see my Stopham Bridge comment. You can easy launch from the ramp under the new road bridge (slippery at low tide like Pulborough) just a minutes walk from the pub.
I’m leaving Pulborough Bridge at 8.45 am at toip of tide tomorrow aiming for Black Rabbit for lunch with tide all the way (hopefully). Then back-packing kayak (Ive got a light folding trolley that fits into back of the Safari) to Arundel station (1.75mls) and catching train back. First time I’ve tried this!
Paddle Point
Wisborough Green, West Sussex, UK

With a battle through trees and the right water levels it is just about possible to get this far up from Stopham/Pulborough.

Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

On east side of river there is a sandy ‘beach” accessible from low to high tide.
Walk north along path for half a mile to Pulborough and you have the main village Car Park on your right.
Walk through car park towards vehicle entrance and find the Oddfellows Arms, a 17th century pub (and the only one in Pulborough since the others all converted to housing developments).
So a useful alternative to Pulborough Bridge for putting in (If you can carry half a mile) or just having a pub break at tide-turn if coming from the south (if you trust leaving your kayaks there while you go to eat– take paddles with you and not many will steal/carry them away)
NB> Parking free and unrestricted at weekends/ Bank Holidays but limited to 4 hours, Mon-Fri during day.

Paddle Point
Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

One of the south's most beautiful paddles, this is a "there & back" paddle from the slipway at Pulborough bridge. You can normally get about 4 miles up, so total distance about 8 miles.
The river here is technically tidal, but even with mid-flow tide against you you can normally get upstream beyond the Rother junction (1 mile) where it gets much easier.
In theory, tides are about 4 hours after Littlehampton, but its no exact science this far up!

A lovely day for My wife and I to try out our new Inflatable about to pass under the old Road bridge at he White Hart
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Put in down steep, muddy steps in front of pub. Note the Arun is tidal, the level may well be vastly different on your return to the steps, and the flow cannot be paddled against when its full on. This is one of the fastest flowing rivers in England. However, with a bit of planning, you can use the tide to propel you upstream, wait until it turns (tea shop at Amberley is handy!), then return as it ebbs.
The parking is in a gravel car park just BEFORE the pub, not the pub car park itself. Can be VERY busy on a nice summer day.

Park on the gravel car park just before the Black Rabbit pub. Facing the river the put in is either the steps at the pub (you will need to ask them for the gate code) or facing the river there is a path to the right of the gravel. 20ft along that there is a slippery put in. Its not ideal but an alternative to the pub steps which are notoriously slippery (its easy if you seal launch though!)
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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Nice, if slightly pricey, tea room right on the river, with landing steps.

http://riversidetearooms.co.uk/

(Not suitable for parking and launching, though you could ask I suppose!)

The landing steps have now been removed and the bank sculpted and turfed to match the adjoining banks, ie steep and grassy, soon to be overgrown. Very difficult to land here now at anything other than high tide. Visited easter 2014
There is now a floating pontoon for use by anyone using the Tea Rooms. As long as you tie your boats off to the side of the pontoon and don't leave them on it they are fine. They will open the gates for you as long as you stop for a drink and some food. It is a tad pricey but lovely view.

Paddle Point
Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

Put in on fairly steep slipway by handy tea shop! Parking is the other side of the lovely old bridge, which is now bypassed by a modern road bridge. The river Arun is tidal. Above here the tide is not too strong, but its worth knowing what its doing. Further downstream you will struggle to paddle against the flow.

Pulborough slip;
Paddle Point
Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

A great pub right by the river with easy access via slightly muddy banks. Haven't launched there, but I'm sure it would be OK if you asked, and had a pint after.

Easiest launch is the concrete ‘slipway’ that part of the modern road bridge structure on eastern side of Arun River just north of the historic bridge and pub. NB. slippery at low tide like Pulborough.On return you can cross road to the pub.
Paddle Point
Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

This is about as far as you can paddle upstream on the Arun, in summer at least, due to heavy growth and shallow water. It has been known to paddle down to here from upstream - it would be a battle though!

Further to the above, I've now reached quite a lot further upstream, because of the higher water levels this year I guess. There are numerous blockages, but we made it almost to the next proper weir.