Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


A two-kilometre circular walk for the enjoyment of the whole community is being planned for the Wey & Arun Canal route between Bramley and Cranleigh in Surrey.
The canal restoration at Birtley will include all-weather, wheelchair-suitable paths that will open up some beautiful countryside that has become largely inaccessible to the public.
People will be able to easily visit a historic waterway which the Wey & Arun Canal Trust is restoring and enhancing to benefit the environment and a wide range of wildlife.
People of all ages will enjoy walks along a canal section that will eventually be part of a 23-mile restored waterway from Shalford in Surrey to Pallingham in West Sussex.
Schoolchildren in particular, including pupils from two nearby special schools, will find much to interest them on educational visits.
The Birtley walks will link up with the Wey-South, Downs Link and Greensand Way long-distance paths, giving plenty of options for short strolls and longer rambles.
As well as creating the paths, trust volunteers will be restoring bridges across the waterway as they bring the semi-derelict canal back to life.
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust is seeking a £25,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund towards the paths project, which we believe will bring huge benefits to residents and visitors to the area.
Showing that the Trust is not just for boaters and waterway enthusiasts, it has so far worked on more than half the canal route, enhancing essential features of the natural and manmade landscape, the diversity of habitats and the nature conservation value.
More than four miles has been restored to full navigation and many thousands of people walk, cycle and horse-ride along the towpaths and tracks created and maintained by our volunteers.

Wey and Arun Canal Trust

Moment of Pride

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has people from many walks of life working together to bring a derelict canal back to life, not just for themselves but for the whole community. It's an inspiring project which also has huge benefits for wildlife and the environment.

Location: Bramley