Walks around the Wey & Arun Canal
Shalford Walk 2, Gun’s Mouth Circular
Walk - (1 mile).
This walk is a short exploration of the area around The Gun’s Mouth, the
junction between the River Wey and the Wey & Arun Canal.
The starting point is the Gunpowder Store at Stonebridge Wharf (A), near the
junction of the River Wey and the Wey & Arun Canal. Stonebridge Wharf was an
important loading point for river and canal cargo, especially gunpowder from
Chilworth (about 2 miles to the east). Nowadays you reach the wharf through
Broadford Business Park; the entrance is by the Parrot Inn on Broadford Road
(A248).Go through the Business Park entrance, turn right to the river and you
will find the Gunpowder Store on your left.
To start the walk, turn left from the Gunpowder Store (assuming you are
facing the river) and follow the path that leads away from the river to the old
Wharf Cottages. Take the small path to the left of the
cottages. Through the trees to the right you will see moored boats. These
boats are on the first 400 yards of the Wey & Arun Canal, now owned by the
National Trust. On the opposite side of the canal is Gun’s Mouth Island which is
leased by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust. Just before you reach the A281 Horsham
Road (B), look to your right and you may be able to spot the original canal
bridge (Stonebridge) – the bridge arch was blocked up when the road was raised
and straightened in the early 1970s; this was after floods had caused serious
damage in 1968.
At the main road turn right; you are now crossing the route of the Wey &
Arun Canal. After about 100 yards you cross a new bridge across the Cranleigh
Waters; the previous bridge was destroyed by the 1968 floods.
As you cross the bridge, look to your right for a good view of Gun’s Mouth
Island. Continue straight ahead until a wide path appears on your right; this is
the Horsham-Guildford railway which closed in 1965 and is now in use as a
footpath and cycle path for most of its length.
Follow the route of the old railway to cross a bridge over the River Wey (C).
Immediately after the bridge (installed in 2006), go down the steps to the River
Wey towpath. Turn left on the towpath to walk past the The Gun’s Mouth (the
start of the Wey & Arun Canal) and the Gunpowder Store. At Broadford Road
(D), carefully cross the bridge to follow the opposite bank back to the
Gunpowder Store and the end of the walk.
If you have enjoyed this canal walk, why not try another?
Loxwood Walk 1 (1 mile)
explores the area around Brewhurst Mill.
Loxwood Walk 2
(2¾ miles) explores the section northwards to Gennets Bridge Lock.
Loxwood Walk 3
(3½ miles) includes Drungewick Aqueduct.
Loxwood Walk 4
(4½ miles) visits the start of the Sidney Wood lock flight.
Loxwood Walk 5
(5 miles) includes the countryside north of Loxwood as well as sections of the
Shalford Walk 1 (3¾
miles) a circular walk around Shalford.
Shalford Walk 2 (1 mile) a
short exploration of the area around The Gun’s Mouth.
Shalford Walk 3 (2 miles)
explores part of the original route of the Wey
& Arun Canal in Shalford.
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood,
Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 0RH Tel: 01403 752403
2017 - The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Ltd (Registered
Charity number 265331, Company Number 1094232), whose registered office is The
Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, Billingshurst RH14 0RH. The company
responsible for trading activities, including boat trips and sale of goods, is
W&A Enterprises Ltd (Company Number 03039168), a wholly owned subsidiary of
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust Ltd.
Last updated Saturday, 6 February, 2016