On the Wey and Arun Canal, West Sussex
How about canoeing on a canal when you're on holiday in Sussex? I mean, yes, of course there are places along the Sussex coast where you can canoe or kayak on the sea, but I think for a different atmosphere a canal like the Wey and Arun would be a lovely place to dip a paddle. Years ago I hired a rowing boat with some friends on the canal at Shalford across the border in Surrey and we had a gorgeous day out, but recently the Wey and Arun navigations have been undergoing restoration so there are more sections where you can do this. I'm delighted to say that Sussex now has its fair share of navigable and walkable stretches of this lovely waterway. Click here to view our accommodation close to the Loxwood Canal Centre.
The Canal Centre at Loxwood in Sussex can provide all the info you need, and for small boats you can book a slot on the landing stage by emailing in advance. All the nearby locks have landing stages (it was only on looking at their map that I realised exactly why Loxwood must have got its name - there are so many locks!) so you can carry your canoe round them and the Canal Trust do like to know you're coming so they can regulate the amount of river traffic. If you're thinking of bringing a group you definitely need to book ahead - and do click here to check out our selection of holiday properties for large groups.
There are also many organised walks and cruises along the Wey and Arun. They're a lovely, sedate way to explore nature and the canal's history - it was once a vital link between London and the South Coast. Book soon if you fancy the Hallowe'en Spookerama cruise; an afternoon one for the kids and an evening one for the bigger kids! And there will be Santa Specials in December, so if you're coming to Sussex for a winter weekend break or a Christmas holiday then that's something quite different to do. Sorry to mention the C word already but, you know, sometimes we have to think ahead so if you haven't yet booked your holiday accommodation, do click here to browse our selection of Sussex holiday lets to suit all pockets.