The opportunity to explore some new footpaths around West Sussex while raising funds for the restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal attracted 178 walkers to the 41st annual "Poddle" in June.
Starting from the Brinsbury Campus of Chichester College, near Adversane, walkers covered a 15 mile circular route, organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT), on 9 June.
"The weather was ideal for walking - dry but not too hot," said WACT chairman Sally Schupke who took part in the event for the first time. "The route took us through some of Brinsbury's farmland with views of the North and South Downs and through a quarry which supplied some of the stone for locks on the Canal, as well as along part of the canal towpath itself.
"Organisers Jo and Kevin Holcombe and route planners Geoff and Rosie Perks have done a great job of organising this key fundraising event for the Trust for over 10 years but are now standing down so I'd like to thank them for their hard work and efforts."
While all the sponsorship funds have yet to be collected, the organisers have estimated that the event will raise around £8,500. The funds raised by the walk have been earmarked for reconstruction of Gennets Bridge lock in Ifold, West Sussex.