Places of Interest

Wey & Arun Canal

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The Wey & Arun Canal runs through Surrey and West Sussex in Southern England.
Much of the canal is no longer navigable – the Wey & Arun Canal Trust aims to restore the Wey and Arun Canal back to navigation. When it is restored, there will be an inland waterway link from London, via the rivers Wey and Arun, to as far as Littlehampton on the Sussex coast.
This rural waterway is recognised as a national heritage asset, as well as providing a haven for wildlife. Although certain stretches are private, some sections of the towpath are accessible for walks.
The Trust has several ongoing restoration projects, and lengths of the canal are now in water. Trip boats with up to 50 seats run cruises on the idyllic Loxwood section of the canal.
These pages relate the story of the canal and how it is being restored and brought back to life to become a public amenity for everyone to enjoy!
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Shalford Mill

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18th-century watermill with well-preserved machinery.
Large timber-framed watermill on the picturesque Tillingbourne stream with well-preserved machinery, almost unaltered since ceasing operations in 1914. Although the mill no longer works, the atmosphere and smell give you a sense of what it was like when it was working.
Shalford Mill flour is for sale, bagged by our friends, Imbhams Farm Granary.
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Farncombe Boats

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This truly delightful river is one of Surrey’s best kept secrets. In the spring the woods are full of kingcups and bluebells. There are flower-strewn water meadows in the summer. And, later in the year, the colours of autumn are really brought to life on the river.
On a narrow boat you have all the time in the world to appreciate the landscape and the beauties of nature. Wildlife abounds – you may be lucky enough to see roe deer, mink, kingfishers and a wide variety of birds. Enjoy riverside villages such as Send, Pyrford and Ripley or the larger towns of Godalming, Guildford and Weybridge with their shops, theatres, cinemas and restaurants.
You will be surprised, above all, at the rural tranquility of this river, remarkable in its setting at the heart of commuter-land and within sight, at one point of the M25. Historically too, this is a fascinating waterway, being one of the first canalised rivers in the country, dating back to 1653. Today the 20 mile navigable stretch of the river and its 16 locks, are owned and maintained by The National Trust, and their Exhibition Centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford is well worth a visit.
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River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf

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Tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey
The Wey was one of the first British rivers to be made navigable, and opened to barge traffic in 1653.
This 15-mile waterway linked Guildford to Weybridge on the Thames, and then to London.
The Godalming Navigation, opened in 1764, enabled barges to work a further four miles upriver.
The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on them.
Visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were built and climb aboard ‘Reliance’, one of three surviving barges.
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Petworth House and Park

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Magnificent country house and park with an internationally important art collection
The vast late 17th-century mansion is set in a beautiful 283-hectare (700-acre) deer park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings.
Inside, the house contains the National Trust’s finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, ancient and Neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.
The servants’ quarters contain fascinating kitchens (including a copper batterie de cuisine of more than 1,000 pieces) and other service rooms.
On weekdays additional rooms in the house are open by kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont.
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Pulborough Brooks

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Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park.
The Visitor Centre and reserve is open all year and boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland. Pulborough Brooks is a haven for a wide range of wildlife, and a fantastic day out for people of all ages.
Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife. If you’re new to nature, introductory events, guided walks and courses are held throughout the year.
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Huxley’s Experience

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The centre began as Julian’s private collection and was moved to its current location in 1993. Its hard to believe that the site where Huxley’s and its stunning garden stands was once a dumping site for the garden centre. However after lots of blood, sweat and tears Julian managed to turn the abandoned land into a well loved home for all the birds.
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Loxwood

For more information on Loxwood village please visit www.loxwood.org