We had been meaning to walk along the Wey and Arun Canal at Loxwood for a long time, but with all the great walks nearby we wanted to avoid simply walking up and down the canal. What a mistake! We planned the most fantastic 6.5 mile flat walk that takes in the canal and surrounding countryside, looping right around the village of Loxwood on the Sussex/Surrey border.

We started at the Wey and Arun Canal Trust and headed off west along the canal, much of which has dried out and is impassable since it stopped being used regularly in the late 1800s, but the trust aims to restore the canal back to full navigation, so there’s plenty of history and things to see and find out along the way. Turning right after a couple of miles the route tracks back through the countryside to the north of the village, until you end up re-joining the canal for an easy walk back to where you left your car. In the winter the walk is incredibly muddy so well worth wearing your wellies, but in summer the old towpath makes a lovely walk along the bank suitable for little legs and buggies.

Quite handily, the start finish point also boasts the Onslow Arms pub, with it’s lovely family friendly beer garden, and if you feel like making a day of it the Wey & Arun Canal Trust building is close also offering barge trips up and down the restored canal.

Our walk is a little over 6.5 miles, taking a bit over 13,500 steps and burning around 675 calories.