Canoeists, kayakers and small boat owners have been invited to join a friendly flotilla exploring the River Arun.
The occasion is the annual rally on the waterway between Pulborough and Pallingham Quay organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust.
This year’s event is on Sunday, 13th May, celebrating the long tradition of boats navigating a river which was once part of a route from London to the South Coast.
“We were delighted with last year’s event and we had a colourful array of small craft travelling along the Arun,” said Trust chairman Sally Schupke. “It was a fun event and everyone enjoyed themselves. Lots of canoeists said that they wouldn’t have thought of venturing on the river by themselves, but in a group it made it a lot more enjoyable.”
The Arun is tidal as far as Pallingham Bridge and the rally date has been chosen to ensure the tide is high enough for small craft to navigate a picturesque section of the waterway.
The aim is to reach the site of the original junction of the canal with the river and then go on to Pallingham Bridge, the limit of the river’s tidal section. The 15th century Stopham Bridge is another historic feature on the route.
Launching at Pulborough is planned from 11.15am to midday onwards at Pulborough for small boats which need to use the slipway there. At Stopham bridge it will be from 12-12.45pm to take advantage of the rising tide. There will be a break at Pallingham Quay and, if time and water levels permit, participants can also stop for refreshments at the White Hart by Stopham Bridge.
Those who would like to join the rally you can book places online at https://weyarun.org.uk/events35 or email email@example.com