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Canal Trust invites walkers for a Poddle through Sussex

Walkers are invited to explore some new paths through Sussex and help raise funds to restore the Wey & Arun Canal with the 41st annual 'Poddle' on Sunday, 9th June.

Starting from the Brinsbury Campus of Chichester College, near Adversane, the circular walk organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust will cover just 15 miles and include four refreshment points and a lunch stop.

The route will take walkers through some of Brinsbury's farmland with views of the North and South Downs and also pass beside a quarry which supplied some of the stone for locks on the Wey & Arun Canal. Woodland paths will lead walkers to their free lunch at the Scout and Guide HQ at Lower Fittleworth before returning to the woods to reach the canal towpath and a return to Brinsbury.

The route will be way-marked and transport can be arranged for walkers who wish to just walk 7¼ miles and return to the start from the lunch stop, rather than completing the final 7½ miles.

To join the walk and raise money towards the restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal, please call 01403 752403 or email

A sponsorship form is available for download from the WACT website

Walkers are asked to raise a minimum of £20.

But if 15, or even 7¼ miles seems too far then you can still support the restoration work by joining in a WACT tradition of sponsoring 'the last man (or woman)'rather than taking part.

Editor's note:

This will be WACT's 41st annual sponsored walk intended to raise funds for the canal's restoration. The first was back in 1973 over a route including Alfold and Rowner. There were 16 walkers and the event brought in some £50 but last year's walk raised £8,000 and the walk remains WACT's biggest public fundraising event of the year.