Registration for the 49th annual Poddle sponsored walk is now open. This year's event on Sunday June 12th discovers an area beyond the Wey & Arun Canal, the peninsula south of Chichester known as 'The Hundred of Manhood'.
The 12-mile route features stunning views, tranquil waterways and picturesque villages, along with the usual good company and good food offered along the way. This is the Trust’s most important fundraising event and makes a vital contribution to pushing the restoration effort forward.
Starting at St Mary’s Church Hall in Sidlesham, participants will walk to picturesque Sidlesham Quay and Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve before heading across country to the lunch stop at Hunston Village Hall.
The afternoon walk continues along a short section of the former Selsey Tramway meeting the Chichester Canal at the site of a lifting bridge, the abutments of which can be seen. There is then a lovely walk along the canal, home to coots, moorhens, mallard ducks and swans. Then it's onto Chichester Marina and its hundreds of moored yachts, and the lock at the end of the canal. The walk returns via the picturesque village of Sidlesham to the start for a well-deserved cup of tea and a cake.
Walkers can choose to walk the entire 12 miles or just the morning or afternoon. For those who wish to walk just in the morning, transport can be provided from the lunch stop back to the start. Those wishing to walk just in the afternoon can join at the lunch stop as the afternoon route follows paths back to the start.
The walk is open is members and non-members and almost anyone can take part, although the route does include stiles, a few steps and some inclines. Dogs are welcome, especially if sponsored!
If you enter as a team and raise more than £200 sponsorship (minimum £20 each) the Trust will split funds equally with another charity or organisation of your choosing.
For more details, to register and to download a sponsorship form please click here: https://weyarun.org.uk/backdrop/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=300.