Walks around the Wey & Arun Canal
Shalford Walk 2, Gun’s Mouth, Hunt Nature
Tannery Lane Bridge and Gosden Aqueduct (2 miles).
This walk explores part of the original route of the Wey & Arun Canal in
Shalford, including an original canal bridge and an aqueduct. It is also
includes the Hunt Nature Park which is being developed by the Wey & Arun
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
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. Carefully cross the road to find the Horsham-Guildford railway which
closed in 1965 and is now in use as a footpath and cycle path for most of its
Follow the route of the old railway for about 100 yards to cross a bridge
over the Cranleigh Waters.
Immediately after the bridge, go down the ramp on the right to follow the
riverside path created by Wey & Arun Canal Trust volunteers in 2013. You
are now in the Hunt Nature Park which is being developed by the Canal Trust in
memory of Ed & Doris Hunt who lived in Loxwood, Sussex. Follow the
riverside path past the viewing platform built by the Canal Trust in 2015; the
oak trees on the opposite bank of the river are estimated to be more than 500
years old. When the riverside path rejoins the railway route, turn right
(watch out for speeding cyclists) to reach Tannery Lane Bridge. The original Wey
& Arun Canal bridge was built between 1813 and 1816. When the
Horsham-Guildford railway was built in the early 1860s, the road level was
raised to cross both the canal and the railway. This fortunately preserved the
canal bridge intact.
Continue on the old railway line for about 200 yards until the path turns
sharply left; the old railway bridge here was dismantled after the line was
closed and the path now crosses Gosden Aqueduct on the route of the Wey &
Arun Canal. The aqueduct was built between 1813 and 1816 to a design by Josias
Jessop; there were two similar aqueducts on the Sussex part of the canal route.
You can inspect the left-hand side of the aqueduct by turning left and going
down to the river bank. Next to the aqueduct was a lock (Tanyard Lock) – it was
largely dismantled after the canal closed in the 1870s but the Canal Trust
uncovered some remains during an archaeological dig in 2014.
Walk back along the railway path to the A281. Horsham Road. Carefully cross
the road and continue along the route of the old railway to cross a bridge over
the River Wey (E). 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, 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