Loxwood and the Wey and Arun Canal Circular

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This is a very pleasant rural walk around the village of Loxwood on the West Sussex - Surrey border, including stretches of both the Sussex Border Path and the Wey South Path. The main feature is the part-restored Wey and Arun Canal, a wonderful example of the persistence and vision of a group of volunteers. The walk starts and finishes alongside parts of the canal that have been reopened. The remainder of the walk is through quiet woodlands and along good paths and there are two pubs to choose from, one after about 6km and one at the finish.

Updated with corrections and some new photos - thanks for the feedback!

England - South England - West Sussex - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland
6/26/2022 - Nigel Williamson

Not so much a correction but an observation. Waymark 8 After the words...a long field on your left. Just before the T Junction fingerpost a new man made path (short cut) goes to the left. If you go down this path you will miss the fingerpost at the T Junction.

3/17/2021 - Walkingworld Admin

A big thank you from Walkingworld to Steve Harris and Liz for all their recent updates and great new photos on this walk.

2/28/2021 - Stephen Harris

Walked 28.02.2021. A beautiful walk alongside the lovely canal and through beautiful woodland. Directions very good and we have sent some minor updates with new pictures to WW so should all now be spot on. The canal sections are lovely and the walk was SO peaceful, hardly saw a soul all day. The pub car and car park were closed as 28/2 but should re-open Jun 2021 after lockdown ends. Canal is lovely, woods are lovely. Great walk for a sunny weekend! 10/10.

6/4/2017 - Harley Quilliam

This is a very nice walk. There are no stiles or kissing-gates, and the walk directions were quite clear. The Wey & Arun Canal Trust are doing a splendid job restoring the canal, and their information boards at locks, bridges, winding holes, aquaduct and crossings are very useful. Even the 'unrestored' section looks almost navigable. Gennets Bridge and lock is being totally rebuilt and it was good to see how the lock is being constructed, with the brick facings of the concrete basin being put into place. Sir Roger Tichborne's garden in a pastoral setting provided very necessary refreshments on a hot day.

6/26/2013 - Chris French

I had walked the final stretches of the canal route but not the part that has been restored. Interesting to see the techniques they use in the restoration. A minor point of navigation: just after WP7, the wide track you are on turns to the left (so did I to start with !) - you should continue ahead, through the woods on a much narrower path.

4/30/2011 - Helena Pugsley

A delightful walk, especially in Spring. The walk was varied and interesting. At Point 9, care must be taken to stay with the broad recently resurfaced bridleway for some distance, as there are many paths with streams in these woods that look similar!

8/19/2010 - Jenifer Finnigan

Enjoyed this easy walk with our 15 year old yorkshire terrier! Interesting to see the progress on the canal restoration since Richard did the walk last. The footpath has been officially diverted at Oakhurst Farm (Point 17) due to a major redevelopment of the farm but is well signposted. I took photos so if you want/need them let me know. Thanks for an enjoyable walk.

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