Dashwood Day Saturday 8th July

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust and the National Trust are jointly celebrating the 150th anniversary of JB Dashwood’s adventurous journey down the River Wey along the Wey & Arun Canal towards the Solent. His mission was to see the Spithead Review in 1867 and he took his small boat ‘Caprice’ from Thames Lock at Weybridge, along the Wey & Arun Canal on his way to Portsmouth.


9.30am boats to arrive at Thames Lock (KT13 8LG), River Wey near Chertsey in Surrey. There is NO car parking at Thames Lock. For canoes etc launching is via the public slipway in Walton Lane (KT13 8LU). Refreshments at Thames Lock for all boaters*, canoeists, kayakers, paddleboarders, walkers and cyclists. There is a rail connection to Chertsey. Please book online at www.weyarun.org.uk for events or by email events@weyandarun.co.uk so that we know the likely number of participants (however you intend to travel). Boaters and spectators are encouraged to wear their own interpretation of Victorian boating dress.

*If not a member of British Canoeing, a River Wey Navigation licence is required. Day or annual non-power licences available at Thames Lock.

10-10.30am Thames Lock will be operated by the lock-keeper. Please book online (see above) if you need use of the lock.

11-1pm Coxes Mill (KT15 2JY). Parking available and refreshments. The journey proceeds along the River Wey through Send and Bowers Lock before reaching Stoke Mill and the centre of Guildford. There are a number of pubs along the route in Guildford and plenty of public car parking available as well as a rail connection. 

Afternoon – Shalford Mill (owned by the National Trust, GU4 8BS) will be open 1-4pm. Please book online (see above) so that we can make arrangements for the visit. Normal admission charges apply, for non-NT members

The finishing line is at Gun’s Mouth, Shalford, on the Wey & Arun Canal and the start of a planned new connection. There will be the official opening ceremony of the new canoe landing stages at Gun’s Mouth Island kindly sponsored by British Canoeing.