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Boating on the canal

We welcome all canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and small craft to our canal at Loxwood, West Sussex. We especially welcome scout groups and group rates are available. Please contact for further information.

To avoid congestion please give us some warning of your visit, especially if you are a club and are intending to bring a number of canoes. The map shown below shows where you can park and board safely. Please use care and portage around locks, which will not normally be operated.

Third party insurance to a minimum of £1 million (£1,000,000) must be held. Any instructions given by the Trust whilst on private land (including the slipways ) must be accepted. Full conditions can be found here


We offer a day licence at £5  or annual licence for £15 (free to BCU Members). Click on the relevant link below:

Annual (£15) or Day (£5) licence

BCU annual licence (free)

Please display your licence sticker on your boat at all times (or bring a receipt with you to show you have a current licence).

Booking your visit

If you can, we would appreciate advance warning by emailing, especially if it is a busy day on the canal. If you are a small boat and wish to visit the canal, please email and book a slot on our landing stage.


Please call into our Canal Centre at Loxwood (situated behind the Onslow Arms) to check-in and they will be able to update you on the day’s activities. Their opening times are shown on the website.

Small Boat Rallies

If you wish to take to the water on a day the Trust is holding a Small Boat Rally you must register on the website (look under Forthcoming Events on the home page). Small boats taking part in the Small Boat Rally can pass through the locks which are operated on the day by a Lock-Keeper.


canoe map