The Arun is the longest river in Sussex, running from St Leonards
Forest to the English Channel and covering some thirty-seven miles.
For many centuries the waterway assumed an important role as one of
the main arteries of commerce in Sussex. In use since the Norman
Conquest, it was improved by landowners in the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries, with improvements at Palingham and canals
built near Newbridge and Pulborough. In this section can be found
the only tunnel in Britain to link two parts of a river navigation.
The construction of the Wey and Arun Junction Canal in 1816
eventually linked the Arun with the Thames. Today the river is a
haven for pleasure boaters. This updated and revised edition covers
changes to the navigation over recent years and a selection of new
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