Thanks to the efforts of visiting working parties and Wey & Arun Canal Trust volunteers, youth groups using the canal to launch canoes at Drungewick now have much improved facilities.
Roger Dimmick Lane is used regularly by groups including Scouts, Sea Scouts and the local Renegades youth club to access the slipway and at times it could get muddy. Teams from London WRG and KESCRG spent the past weekend working here, laying a new road surface and erecting new fencing and signage.
Some 80 tons of type 1 stone was laid over two days to improve the track, making parking and loading and unloading canoes a lot easier. Volunteers also made a start on a new timber picnic bench, created from wood from the Tickner’s Heath road crossing project in Alfold.
Local firm Fluid Adventures (https://fluidadventures.co.uk/hires/wey-and-arun-canal/) also operates from the slipway at weekends and school holidays, offering a hire service for a range of canoes and kayaks from just £15. The company offers single and double kayaks as well as open canoes for use on the canal which is ideal for beginners thanks to its tranquil and still setting.
Those with their own canoes, kayaks, rowing boats and paddleboards are also welcome to use the canal, with a day licence costing just £5 (British Canoeing members go free) and a cost-effective annual licence at £15.
Please go to https://weyarun.org.uk/backdrop/canoes-boating for more information about bringing your own craft and to buy a licence.