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Annual Poddle walk - Sunday June 3rd 2018

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust, which is working hard to restore 23 miles of navigable waterway linking the River Arun at Pallingham to the River Wey at Shalford, organises a sponsored walk each year. This is the Trust’s most important fundraising event and makes a vital contribution to pushing the restoration effort forward. 

The 2018 Poddle is a sponsored walk along the Wey & Arun Canal and through the Surrey/Sussex countryside raising money towards the restoration of the canal. Who can do it? Almost anyone, with the exception of the very young, infirm and pushchairs as the walk covers stiles and some hills. Dogs are welcome especially if sponsored!

Details of the 2018 Poddle are being finalised, and more information will be available in coming months. Please revisit this page for more information. We will also be emailing previous year's walkers with further information.

What do I need to do?

1. Register for the walk (available in due course)

2. Complete the sponsorship form and raise as much money as you can – minimum £20 please (lunch is provided)

3. Turn up and walk

Where, when, how? 

The Poddle starts from Walberton Village Hall near Arundel. The circular walk (approximately 11 miles) will go to Yapton where there will be a lunch break.  Further details will follow. A map showing the start and half-way points will follow.

Arrive between 9am and 10:30 to check in, receive your Route Guide and start walking the whole route or only the morning route.

If you only wish to walk in the morning, we will provide transport from the lunch stop back to the start. 

The Route

The walk is just over 11 miles in total, and will start and finish from Walberton Village Hall, with a lunch stop at Yapton Village Hall.  The first half of the walk (around 6 miles) is mostly on the flat with no stiles, and in part will follow the river Arun. The second half (about 5 miles) follows the disused Portsmouth canal. 

Maps to the start and mid points and a GPX file of the route will be found alongside.

Walking as a member of a 'Team'

Did you know we offer 50/50 sponsorship? If you enter as a ‘Team’ and raise more than £200 sponsorship (minimum £20 each) we are happy to split funds equally with another charity or organisation of your choosing. If you or your organisation wish to take part as a team please register and complete individual sponsor forms as usual but please also complete a ‘group’ form (download here, or contact the organiser).