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2016 Poddle strolls off on Sunday, June 5th.

The Trust needs people to sign up for an enjoyable stroll along the canal and through some beautiful Surrey and Sussex countryside, raising money for our restoration projects.

The route for this year’s WACT annual sponsored walk, the Poddle, has been chosen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the canal’s opening.

Almost anyone can take part, with the proviso that the walk route includes stiles and some hills so may prove difficult for some. Dogs are welcome – especially if sponsored!

The morning section of about 6½ miles is from North Hall in Loxwood to a marquee behind the Three Compasses pub at Alfold, where lunch will be provided. The Wey & Arun Junction Canal was opened here by Lord Egremont 200 years ago.

The route takes in the canal from Devil’s Hole Lock, past Gennets Bridge Lock, where you may see volunteers at work, to Compasses Bridge. Between Loxwood and Alfold, the route passes through the picturesque Sidney Wood, along parts of the unrestored canal.

Those who would like to do a shorter walk can just join the afternoon 5½ mile section. It starts at 1pm from the Three Compasses. The route goes to Alfold village, over farmland and then along the Surrey-Sussex border and back to North Hall for tea and cake.

WACT gives other charities and organisations the opportunity to raise money through our 50/50 sponsorship option. If you enter as a ‘team’ and raise more than £200 sponsorship (minimum £20 each) we are happy to split your proceeds equally with a good cause of your choosing.

Register to take part in the Poddle at

If you are unable to do the walk, you could sponsor the ‘Last Man’, support the Poddle by making cakes for the walkers, act as a marshal on the day or man a refreshment point. To offer your services or find out more, contact Poddle organiser Margaret Darvill on 01483 894606 or e-mail her on