Whenever a derelict canal is to be restored, the first practical job is to clear out and remove the growth of trees, bushes etc. which have grown up during the period when the canal was neglected. In the case of the Wey & Arun Canal the period of neglect had been well over a century.

Many of the original brick arch accommodation bridges had been allowed to decay and some had been demolished. A number of the locks which had survived, now had mature trees growing out from the chamber walls. Parts of the canal bed had been filled in and that which had escaped, was now completely overgrown.

Key Restoration Sites are shown on the right, below or Here...

Other parts of the canal which have been restored can be located using the Restoration Map.

Details of some of the restoration projects are listed below -
Pictures of work being done at the northern end of the canal near the junction with the River Wey navigation in preparation for the Gun's Mouth cut.

Compasses Bridge - plans for its reconstruction.
Summit Pound near Dunsfold. - De-silting and bank re-profiling.

Gennets Bridge Lock construction.
Devil's Hole Lock A history of the lock's restoration to 2004.
Devil's Hole Lock in July 2004.
Loxwood Visitor Centre. Construction 2011. 
Barnsill Bridge rebuilding
Drungewick Lock repairs during 2003/4
Drungewick Lock restoration

Northlands Lift Bridge repairs 2011. 

Lordings Aqueduct restoration
Lordings Waterwheel Opening ceremony. (Video)
Lordings Waterwheel Opening ceremony (2nd edit). (Video)
Lordings Lock restoration

Haybarn Bridge rebuilding

A selection of pictures taken by David Roberts of The Canal taken before any restoration had started.
Volunteers shown a painting by John Russell-Hayes
3 sites map
restoration map