Wey & Arun Canal Cruise with lunch at The Onslow Arms, Loxwood
August 13, 2021
I have been looking at taking a ride on the Wey and Arun Canal for some time. In response to the popularity of our trip on the Regent’s Canal a couple of years ago, now seems the ideal time to take to the canals once more. The Wey and Arun Junction Canal was built to provide a navigable waterway all the way up to Stonebridge Wharf of the Wey Navigation at Shalford near Guildford effectively linking those local canals to the south coast and dramatically boosting trade for local industry.
The advent of the railways however was to quickly make transport considerably faster and more convenient, sounding the eventual commercial death knell for the canals. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of a very large army of volunteers and enthusiasts, who are part of what is now known as the Wey & Arun Canal Trust, we are once again able to enjoy the idyllic Loxwood section which is recognised as a national heritage asset as well as providing a haven for wildlife.
On arrival we will take to the boat and during our 2 1/2 hour boat ride we will enjoy tea and coffee with biscuits. Once our return journey is complete, having successfully navigated a lock or two, we will stop for lunch.
The Onslow Arms is a beautiful 17th Century grade II listed building nestled in the heart of Loxwood right next to the Canal Centre and so the perfect setting for a lunchtime stop after our boat ride. The pub is warm and inviting throughout and it has retained many of its original features with solid oak beams, wooden floors, roaring log fires and exposed brickwork. We will enjoy a pre-ordered one course lunch for which choices will be sent out prior to our trip. You can of course top up your lunch as you see fit with either more courses and/or drinks to suit your own taste and budget. The kitchen serves a variety of delicious, home cooked food and is well stocked with fine wines and award-winning Badger Ales from independent Family Brewers Hall & Woodhouse.
Offer Price – £52.50
per person to include return coach, 2 1/2hr return cruise on the Wey & Arun Canal, tea/coffee & biscuits on board and a one course lunch at The Onslow Arms, Loxwood.
Pick-up 9.15am / 9.20am / 9.30am
Location: Dorking Halls / North Holmwood / Capel
Call 07771 793294 & ask for Neil,
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