Wey walks: Weybridge to New Haw Lock

River Wey Navigations, Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, GU1 4RR

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The lock keeper's cottage at Thames Lock, Weybridge © John Miller

The lock keeper's cottage at Thames Lock, Weybridge

Coxes Millpond today © John Miller

Coxes Millpond today

Town Lock in 1953 © Hilda Weekes

Town Lock in 1953

Route overview

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.

Route details

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Walk map, towpath, River Wey Navigation
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Car park at Thames Street, grid ref: TQ0749765746

  1. From the car park in Thames Street, walk up past the old boatyard to the Old Crown pub. Just before the pub, turn right down Church Walk. Cross the road at the bottom and continue straight over on the footpath between the houses. At No 17 Church Walk, turn right over the footbridge and head towards the new flats. On your right you'll see a footpath leading towards the river. Follow this to Thames Lock.

    Show/HideThames Lock

    Thames Lock is the entrance to the Wey Navigations. Look out for the pound lock below the lock. This raised the water level to help barges get over the cill. Whittet's Mill (now private homes) was the site of paper, iron and oil seed mills until 1963.

    The lock keeper's cottage at Thames Lock, Weybridge © John Miller
  2. Cross the footbridge at the lock and follow the towpath past the stable to the two road bridges. Take the metal gangway up to the road and cross over to Town Lock. Turn right onto the towpath.

  3. Follow the towpath, which changes banks at Blackboy Bridge. Continue to Coxes Mill and Lock.

    Show/HideCoxes Mill

    Coxes was the most important mill on the Wey Navigations. The original mill was an iron mill, in 1906 it changed to mill corn. Barges shipped grain here until 1969. The mill was converted into flats in the 80s. The millpond attracts lots of wildlife.

    Coxes Millpond today © John Miller
  4. Walk along the towpath to New Haw Lock. The lock cottage is reputed to be haunted by a lock keepers wife. The White Hart pub is to the right of the bridge, if you're in need of refreshment. Turn left on the main road and after 100m turn left on the tarmac footpath just before the houses. After 200m bear left again. After another 200m, at Wey Manor Farm, take the signed footpath to the left. Follow the track around the field and beside a wood and continue to the powerline.

  5. Take the track forking right below the powerline. Follow the path diagonally across the field with the river to your right. Cross a stile and go over the railway embankment.

  6. Turn left and bear right along the road through, and out of, the residential park. Follow the road back to Town Lock.

    Show/HideTown Lock

    The original lock was built with bricks taken from Oatlands Palace, Weybridge, after its demolition in the 1600s. Many of these would have come from the ruined Chertsey Abbey following the dissolution of the monasteries in the late 1530s.

    Town Lock in 1953 © Hilda Weekes
  7. Turn left, past St James church and follow the High Street, passing the museum on your right to the Ship hotel by the Monument. Continue down Thames Street to the car park where you started.

End: Car park at Thames Street, grid ref: TQ0749765746

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 5 miles (8km)
  • Time: 3 hours
  • OS Map: Explorer 160
  • Terrain:

    Much of the walk is along the towpath, so largely flat and easy. When not the towpath, the terrain is a footpath, which can be wet. Dogs on leads are welcome along the entire towpath.

  • How to get here:

    By train: Weybridge station, 1.5 miles (2.4km) walk to Walton Lane (see map).

    By car: From Weybridge High Street, turn left down Thames Street. Continue straight, past the Old Crown pub until you see the River Thames and a car park in front of you. Park in the car park.

    By foot: From Weybridge High Street (A317) turn left down Thames Street at the Monument.  Go past St Georges School, and the Old Crown and the Minnow pubs until the road turns sharply right. You'll see the car park straight ahead of you.

    By bus: Routes 4, 436, 51 461 all stop by the Ship Hotel in Weybridge High Street.  Walk down Thames Street (see above).

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