TQ0341 : The Downs Link crosses the Wey Arun Canal
near to Rowly, Surrey, Great Britain
The Downs Link is a 37-mile (59 km) footpath and bridleway linking the North Downs Way Link at St. Martha's Hill in Surrey with the South Downs Way Link near Steyning in West Sussex and on via the Coastal Link to Shoreham-by-Sea. Most of the route follows two dismantled railway lines, both closed by the Beeching cuts in the 1960s. The Shoreham-On-Sea to Christís Hospital line and the Christís Hospital to Shalford Junction line. The link opened in 1984.
Cycle Route 222 follows the Downs link from Guildford to Shoreham.
The logo for the walk is the viaduct across the River Arun TQ0932 : Double Viaduct over the River Arun.
A full history of the Cranleigh line (Christís Hospital to Shalford Junction) can be read at Link
The Wey Navigation opened in 1653 and was one of the first British rivers to be made navigable. In 1764 the Godalming Navigation opened, creating a 20-mile waterway running from the Thames at Weybridge to Godalming - now the southern-most part of the inland waterway network.
Originally the Wey Navigations were used for transporting barge loads of heavy goods via the Thames to London. Timber, coal, corn, flour, wood and even gunpowder were regularly moved up and down the waterway.
Later in 1796 the Basingstoke Canal was dug and connected to the Wey and in 1816 the Wey and Arun Junction Canal was opened, connecting with the Wey at Stonebridge.
For an interactive map see Link
Wey and Arun Canal
The Wey and Arun Canal is a 23-mile-long canal in the south of England, between the River Wey at Shalford, Surrey and the River Arun at Pallingham, in West Sussex.
Passing through a rural landscape, there was little freight traffic to justify its continued existence, and the canal was officially abandoned in 1871.
Without maintenance, the canal gradually became derelict over much of its length. However, since 1970, active restoration by The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has resulted in several miles of the waterway being restored to navigable standard. Work is continuing, with the ultimate aim of re-opening the entire canal to navigation.
Part of the River Wey navigations. Link Link
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- TQ0341, 32 images (more nearby)
- Nigel Chadwick (find more nearby)
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- Date Taken
- Sunday, 4 July, 2010 (more nearby)
- Sunday, 5 September, 2010
- Canal bridge (more nearby)
- Subject Location
OSGB36: TQ 033 412 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:9.6594N 0:31.3787W
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- OSGB36: TQ 034 412
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- North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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