A GUIDE TO RESTORA­TION PROGRESS ON THE WEY & ARUN CANAL As Wey & Arun Canal Trust Chair­man Sally Schupke says in her in­tro­duc­tion to this 60-page large-for­mat book­let: “We of­ten hear the question ‘How long is it go­ing to take to re­store?’ ” – but as she e

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restora­tion still to be­gin; in oth­ers the canal is fully re­stored and in use by trip-boats. Hav­ing worked on the W&A with vis­it­ing vol­un­teer groups since the early 1980s, some of it was a trip down mem­ory lane for me with pic­tures rang­ing from work­sites I re­mem­ber from the dis­tant past like Rowly Lock and Big­nor Bridge, right up to the re­cent com­ple­tion of Com­passes Bridge and the forth­com­ing open­ing of Syd­ney Thr­us­cutt Slip­way. But de­spite my fa­mil­iar­ity with the project I was still struck by the sheer amount that’s been achieved over the years – not just locks and bridges but weirs, tow­paths, cul­verts, sluices and more – and how the rate of progress to­wards re­open­ing (when­ever that may be) is in­creas­ing. A Guide to Restora­tion Progress on the Wey & Arun Canal, Wey & Arun Canal Trust, weyan­darun.org.uk, £6, 978-0-9531911-6-1

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