Newark Priory seen from the River Wey Navigations in spring © John Miller

Newark Priory seen from the River Wey Navigations in spring

Walk the Wey

The towpath provides an excellent way to discover Surrey's towns, villages and countryside. These are just some of the routes you can take along the Wey Navigations.

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  • Weybridge to New Haw Lock

    This walk follows the route of the last commercial barges on the Wey Navigations. The large Wey barges, owned by Stevens and Sons, transported grain from the Royal Docks in London to Coxes Mill in Addlestone until the late 1960s. Many local people remember seeing the barges going up and down the river. You can see two of the last remaining three Wey barges at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford.

    Distance: 5 miles (8 km)

    Time: 3 hours

  • Pyrford Lock to Papercourt

    This walk reveals the striking rural character of the Wey Navigations and the two small and attractive villages of Ripley and Pyrford. Some unexpected historical highlights will become clear along the way.

    Distance: 7 miles (11 km)

    Time: 3-4 hours

  • New Haw Lock to Pyrford Lock

    The River Wey Navigation linked the Thames and a large part of central southern England via the Basingstoke and the Wey and Arun canals. This walk covers parts of the Wey Navigation and the Basingstoke Canal.

    Distance: 7 miles (11 km)

    Time: 3-4 hours

  • Papercourt Lock to Triggs Lock

    This walk, through attractive countryside, is based on Send, where the River Wey Navigations has its navigation workshops.

    Distance: 6 miles (10 km)

    Time: 3 hours

  • 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. It 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.

    Distance: Full walk 11 miles (18 km); one way 5.5 miles (9 km)

    Time: Full walk 5 hours; one way 2-3 hours

  • Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine's

    Have a peek at the geographical importance of the River Wey. You'll be able to see how the river has cut through the North Downs making Guildford an important 'gap town'. There are some spectacular views at the highest point of the walk before you descend to the valley bottom.

    Distance: 5.5 miles (9 km)

    Time: 3 hours