A Lost Railway & Restored Canal
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.
Date: Sunday 24 September
Time: Arrive 2.15 pm for a 2.30 pm start; finish around 4 pm.
Meet: Birtley Courtyard on A281 Horsham Road, Bramley GU5 0LA
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Grid reference for start point: TQ 017434
Any travel advice: Free parking available at Birtley Courtyard (please share cars if possible). There is no Sunday service of buses along Horsham Road; Shalford rail station is approx. 4 Km north via Horsham Road
Description of walk: A circular 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) and canal towpath recently upgraded by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT). This latter section is not a right-of-way, but WACT offers it as a permissive path
Any specific walk conditions / issues: As the route is largely on bridleway, towpath & cycleway, walking boots or stout walking shoes are advised
Dogs allowed / not allowed?: Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.
Length of Walk: 1.75 miles (3 km).
Book: Online via Wey & Arun Canal Trust website: www.weyarun.org.uk. Pre-booking is essential, please book by Wednesday 20th September
Led by: Members of WACT