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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)

And now for something a little bit different...

Illuminated boat on the River Wey Navigation

Illuminated boat on the River Wey Navigation

To celebrate 50 years of National Trust ownership, we've created the Wey River Festival, taking place over the weekend of 27-28 September.  There's lots to get excited about on the Saturday:

  • have a go at willow weaving, drop-in crafts, taster sessions with Canoe England and wood-turning demos;
  • At 2pm the Mikron Theatre Company performs ‘Troupers’ – a little known story about the Great War;
  • At 4.30, the Transport Trust will be unveiling a Red Wheel, celebrating the significance of the River Wey Navigation, which was created in 1653 and became a prototype for many subsequent navigations.
  • At 5pm we shall be launching our new trip boat, the ‘Sir Richard Weston’, a fully accessible electric launch allowing us to take wheelchair-users for the first time.
  • The day will be rounded off at dusk by an illuminated pageant, with a procession of colourfully lit up boats making their way from Millmead in the centre of town back to Dapdune Wharf.

What's not to like?  We do hope to see you there...


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