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Tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey

The Wey was one of the first British rivers to be made navigable, and opened to barge traffic in 1653.

This 15-mile waterway linked Guildford to Weybridge on the Thames, and then to London.

The Godalming Navigation, opened in 1764, enabled barges to work a further four miles upriver.

The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on them.

Visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were built and climb aboard 'Reliance', one of three surviving barges.

River conditions

River Wey conditions website

Especially for boaters: have a look on our new river conditions blog if the weather is a bit dodgy. You can see at a glance whether we're in flood or whether everything's hunky-dory.

Info for boat users

If you're visiting the navigations by boat, have a look at our Information for Boat Users booklet before you come. There's lots of information about how to use our locks, navigation notes and more.

Info for canoeists

Canoeists on the River Wey

Canoeing provides an excellent opportunity to discover the Wey Navigations. Our information for canoeists gives you launch points and guidance for safe canoeing.

 Information for canoeists (PDF)


Bang goes half term

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Make a bang with a week of gunpowder and explosion themed activities, including bath bombs and water rockets.

Monday 27 Oct - Sunday 2 Nov 11am-4pm

Hills, Heath and Mills Walk

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As the days get cooler, why not join us for a 10 mile walk from Millmead Lock over Chinthurst Hill, Blackheath and back past the Gunpowder Mills in Chilworth?  We'll have an optional pub stop in Chilworth before heading back towards Shalford Mill and the meadows.

Sunday, October 19, 10am to 4pm


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As long as the towpath isn't flooded, this will be an enjoyable 8 mile walk to Watts Gallery, via St Catherine's, Artington and the Ridges.  We will stop at the Ship Inn on the way back.  Bring a packed lunch.  Please note: this walk replaces the one listed in the events programme.

Sunday 16 November 10.30am at Millmead Lock

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