Canal boat trips resume on the Wey & Arun Canal

Canal boat cruises are back on the Wey & Arun Canal, with trips set to run throughout the summer.

Volunteers with the Wey & Arun Canal Trust have resumed their scheduled trips on the scenic canal in West Sussex (starting on May 19), with three cruises every Wednesday and Sunday, departing at 10:30 am, 12 noon and 2 pm from the wharf in Loxwood.

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Due to coronavirus restrictions passenger numbers are being limited to allow for 2-metre social distancing, providing plenty of space to relax and enjoy the views onboard the spacious electric boat Wiggonholt.

It is hoped to add Saturday trips and special cream tea voyages after June 21 when guidelines allow. Bookings can be made via the Trust’s website, www.weyandarun.co.uk.

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Bank holiday Monday will also see special trips offered onboard the nine-seater Josias Jessop boat, especially for family groups.

The 30-minute trips will run throughout the day from 11 am to 4 pm, with no need to book ahead. The Trust’s visitor centre will also be open.

Chairman Sally Schupke said the trips onboard Josias Jessop would be a great way to enjoy the beauty of the canal.

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“With lockdown easing, what better way to celebrate than cruising the Wey & Arun. If you are looking for something different to do on the bank holiday weekend, then come along.

“All proceeds from our boat trips will go towards maintaining the canal and future restoration projects.”

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