Wey Walks: Dapdune Wharf to Cartbridge Wharf

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

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Site of the original 'Flowing ryver' conceived by Sir Richard Weston © National Trust

Site of the original 'Flowing ryver' conceived by Sir Richard Weston

Standing to attention: the pollarded willows at Stoke © National Trust

Standing to attention: the pollarded willows at Stoke

The workshop was at the hub of Navigation activity © David Archer

The workshop was at the hub of Navigation activity

Route overview

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.

Route details

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Map showing trail 5, Dapdune Wharf to Cartbridge
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Start: Dapdune Wharf, grid ref: SU993502

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    Show/HideThe 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.

    Site of the original 'Flowing ryver' conceived by Sir Richard Weston © National Trust
  3. 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.

    Show/HidePollarded willows

    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.

    Standing to attention: the pollarded willows at Stoke © National Trust
  4. Carry on along the towpath past Triggs and within a mile you will see Worsfold Gates, the Navigations workshops. The New Inn at Cartbridge is another half a mile further on, and a good place for a break.

    Show/HideWorsfold Gates

    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.

    The workshop was at the hub of Navigation activity © David Archer
  5. Return to Bowers Lock by the same route. Approx 600m after Bowers Lock, by the electricity pylon, take the board walk 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.

End: Cartbridge Wharf, grid ref: TQ017561

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: Full walk: 11 miles (18km); one way: 5.5 miles (9km)
  • Time: Full walk: 5 hours; one way only: 2-3 hours
  • OS Map: OS Explorer 145
  • Terrain:

    Flat and easy walking mostly along the towpath, but some parts can be wet. Keep dogs on leads on the towpath.

  • How to get here:

    By bus: numbers 28, 20 and 4 stop on Woodbridge Road by Wharf Road.

    By rail: Guildford mainline station is a ten minute walk from Dapdune Wharf.

    By car: Dapdune Wharf is at the end of Wharf Road, which is off Woodbridge Road - the A322, behind Guildford Cricket Club

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