Discovering the Lost Canal (WACT)



Between 1816 & 1872 the Wey & Arun Junction Canal formed the final link in a chain of inland waterways connecting London to the English Channel at Littlehampton; this walk introduces participants to a stretch of canal at Birtley, south of Bramley, which is being restored as a new amenity for visitors. 

A figure-of-eight walk, fully segregated from motor traffic, beginning and ending at Birtley Courtyard. The route includes part of the alignment of the former Guildford-Horsham railway line (Downs Link Path), canal towpath recently upgraded by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) and also the line of former towpath in meadow. These last-mentioned sections are not rights of way, but WACT intends in time to offer these as a permissive path.   

Time: Arrive 14:15 for a 14:30 start; finish around 16:00

Meet: Birtley Courtyard on A281 Horsham Road, Bramley GU5 0LA 

Grid Reference for start point: TQ 017 434

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Travel Note: Free parking available at Birtley Courtyard (please share cars if permissible). There is no Sunday service of buses along Horsham Road; Shalford rail station is approx. 4Km north via Horsham Road.

Length of walk: 2.4Km / 1.5 miles

General Notes:  As the route is largely on bridleway, cycleway, towpath and through a grassy meadow, walking boots or stout walking shoes are advised. Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.  

Book Online via Wey & Arun Canal Trust: Note: Pre-booking is essential, please book by Wednesday 15th September


Led by: Members of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust