Canoeing and Kayaking on : Wey & Arun Canal

The Wey and Arun canal was built to link the River Thames, via the Wey navigation, to the south coast. Having been derelict for many years, it is now being restored in sections. http://www.weyandarun.co.uk/

The restored sections are now lovely, quiet places to go canoeing. There are a number of locks to portage, but there are easy platforms for getting in and out.

There is a visitor centre at Loxwood, which makes a perfect starting point.

There is no agreement with the BCU/Canoe England, so a separate licence should be purchased. This is currently (2013) £5 per day or £15 for an annual licence. Forms can be obtained at the canal centre when open, or in advance using the link above.

Paddle Point

A great place to put in, a nice paddle in a very pretty part of the canal. There are large turning bays to paddle in for those who are looking to learn too. You also cross the aqueduct here, parking in two lay-by's next to the bridge.

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

Above here had been cleared but no water (as at April 2012)

Since the beginning of 2015 navigation has been possible as far north as Southland Lock.
Thanks BridgeEnd, I've added Southlands Lock.
Paddle Point
Loxwood, West Sussex RH14, UK

Newly restored lock just upstream of the Visitor Centre & Onslow Arms

Paddle Point
Loxwood, West Sussex RH14, UK

Newly opened visitor centre, with parking and easy launching.
Unfortunately there are locks after just a short distance in both directions, but the portages are easy.
Its a nice paddle to the Drungewick Lock about 2 miles east, at the end of the restored section of canal.

As of summer 2014, the BCU/Canal & Rivers Trust Licence now covers the Wey and Arun canal by agreement.

The trip to the first lock is only a little over 100m so might be worth putting in on the other side of the lock.
Having spoken to the staff in the visitor centre i was advised that the section running under the road at Loxwood would be open in the next few weeks,opening up another 2 miles. I was there on the 11th May 2012.
Over all this was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
Paddle Point
Loxwood, West Sussex RH14, UK

Short portage with platforms.

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

Lock with easy portage.

Paddle Point

Just above the present end of the canal, so not worth passing.

Paddle Point

Beyond here the canal is an overgrown ditch!


17th September 2012