Wey Walks: Dapdune Wharf to Cartbridge Wharf
This walk takes in some of the most remote parts of the Wey Navigation. It follows the towpath along the boundary of Sutton Place and passes Stoke Mill, the home of the Surrey Advertiser.
This walk can be done as a linear walk or an out and back, retracing the same route. There are a couple of places where crossing a main road is unavoidable.
Dapdune Wharf, grid ref: SU993502
From Dapdune Wharf, follow the footpath towards the railway embankment. Turn left and cross the river by the footbridge. Go through the small car park under the railway bridge, then follow the towpath to the main road. Turn right over the bridge and cross the dual carriageway and rejoin the towpath.
Follow the towpath to the next road junction - the Woking Road at Stoke Mill. Turn left over the river bridge and right to rejoin the towpath. Continue to Stoke Lock.
The history of Stoke Lock
Stoke Lock was the first lock to be constructed on the Wey and one of the first pound locks in the country. Sir Richard Weston's initial modification to the River Wey was to create an artificial channel, his 'flowing ryver', cut from where the Rowbarge pub now stands to the new lock at Stoke. This lock originally controlled the water in the channel which was used to flood the meadows in spring and create an earlier crop of wheat.
Cross the river by the footbridge on your right and follow the towpath all the way to Bowers Lock. Cross the Navigation and river by the footbridges and continue on the towpath, passing under Broadoak Bridge, the driveway to Sutton Place. Follow the towpath, crossing the Navigation at Send Church Bridge, to Triggs Lock.
On your left, just after the Stoke Lock footbridge, you will see a row of very old pollarded willows. Rumour has it that there were once 100 of these willows, which were used in the creation of gunpowder at the Chilworth gunpowder Mills during the First World War.
Carry on along the towpath past Triggs and within a mile (1.6km) you will see Worsfold Gates, the Navigations workshops. The New Inn at Cartbridge is another half a mile (800m) further on, and a good place for a break.
This was traditionally the hub of the Navigation - where all the hard work took place. Lock gates and sluices were put together in the carpenter's workshop and repairs to the fabric of the canal sections would have started from here. This is still the hub for the maintenance team and you can see the workboats below the flood gates.
Return to Bowers Lock by the same route. Approx 660yd (600m) after Bowers Lock, by the electricity pylon, take the boardwalk on the left into Riverside Park. Follow the boardwalk next to the lake. Turn right onto the boardwalk marked Wetland Trail before the end of the lake which will take you back to Stoke Lock. Follow the towpath back to Dapdune Wharf, stopping, if you wish, at the Rowbarge, near Stoke Bridge, for refreshments.
Cartbridge Wharf, grid ref: TQ017561
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