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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 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)

Looking Forward to Autumn

Wey River Festival

Wey River Festival 

We’re really looking forward to the illuminated pageant this year, after last year’s amazing spectacle. We’ve more stands than ever, with a good variety of children’s fun, and adult interest and a good few foodie stalls too. Click here for more information…

Harvest Home

River Wey Harvest Home 

How about some traditional family fun? Scrunch apples, have a go at Morris dancing, or willow weaving, print a bag with autumn shapes and enjoy a bonfire baked potato. Doesn’t that sound like a good day out?


River Wey Moth 

Unfortunately due to a very active local European Hornet population this event has been cancelled.  They are attracted to the light source in the trap and recent box openings at Walsham have had over a dozen hornets waiting to get out.  

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