125 years on the River Wey

River Wey lengthsmen standing on the creek at Dapdune Wharf

The organisation turns 125 years old in January and we have a year of celebrating and commemorating planned throughout the Trust and all its regions. On the River Wey Navigations we have a special milestone of our own.

This year the lengthsmen and lock keeping team at River Wey between them will have clocked up 125 years of service for the National Trust.

Those of you who have visited the Navigations by boat will have been given a warm welcome by one of our lock keepers in Weybridge. They look after our visitors and see boats safely through the tricky double lock where the Navigations join the River Thames.

The lengthsmen all have their own length of the Navigation to take care of, with the help of our fantastic volunteers. They are responsible for a variety of tasks on their stretch of the waterway from weir keeping and managing the water levels to vegetation and habitat management, looking after our precious trees, ensuring our visitors enjoy their time here and painting the numerous locks and bridges.

It is a small team but they have still managed to rack up 125 years between them. This is thanks in no small measure to Rob who has been with us since 1978. He currently looks after the beautiful stretch at St Catherine’s in Shalford having started at Triggs near Send Church all those years ago. The rest of the team arrived at the Navigations from a variety of locations and backgrounds and all stay because they love it as much as our visitors do.