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Colourful flotilla on the River Arun

Dozens of canoeists, kayakers and small boat owners responded to The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s call to celebrate the centuries old navigation rights on the River Arun.

A record number of craft took to the waterway between Pulborough and Pallingham Quay on Sunday, April 19th for our annual event.

The rally aims to continue the long tradition of boats navigating this section of the Arun, as the Canal Trust has a strong interest in maintaining these rights.

Those taking part included members of the Trust and enthusiasts from canoe clubs and youth groups in the area and from as far away as Hampton in Surrey.

“We were delighted with the turn-out for the rally, which resulted in a colourful array of small craft along the Arun,” said Trust chairman Sally Schupke. “It was a convivial and very pleasant occasion, with participants telling us they had an enjoyable time on the river.”

The Arun is tidal as far as Pallingham, where the Wey & Arun Canal Route joins the river. On reaching the end of the rally route, the boaters were able to look at the canal bridge at Pallingham Quay. Another feature on the route was the historic 18th century Stopham Bridge.