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Cranleigh Waters river path 'not used because of floods'

  • 26 April 2014
  • From the section England
Riverside path
Image caption The path was finished last year but winter floods stopped volunteers from using it

Volunteers who worked to create a riverside path in Surrey are getting ready to use it - after waiting for months because of the floods.

The Wey and Arun Canal Trust spent four months last year building the £5,000 path along Cranleigh Waters.

The river is a tributary of the River Wey that runs parallel to the 19th Century canal, which is being restored.

Chairman Sally Schupke said the path from Shalford to Bramley was finished last year but then floods hit Surrey.

"This is the first time we've been able to get out and enjoy it [the path]," Ms Schupke said.

The trust's annual fund-raising walk will take place on the new path on 8 June.

The trust is working to restore the whole 23-mile (37km) Wey and Arun Canal, which runs from Surrey to West Sussex.

It was built between 1813 and 1816 to link the Rivers Wey and Arun, and runs through Shalford, Bramley, Cranleigh and Dunsfold in Surrey, and Loxwood, Wisborough Green and Billingshurst in West Sussex, but closed in 1871 because of competition from the railways.

To restore the whole length of the canal, volunteers will have to divert it near Guildford where housing has been built over the old waterway - the new route has not been decided but is likely to include Cranleigh Waters.

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