River Wey information 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. You can also download our annual, visitor and portable licences here
Today, the leisurely pace of the Navigations contrasts with the speed of the railways and motorways that link London and Guildford. Much has changed since 1653 when the Wey Navigation was the new, easy route to London.
The Wey Navigation was built 100 years before the Canal Age. It runs 15½ miles from Guildford to the Thames at Weybridge. The Godalming Navigation, opened in 1764, extended the navigable waterway a further 4 miles to Godalming.
The Wey Navigations form a green corridor running through the Surrey countryside. The unique landscape of the Navigations contains a rich variety of wildlife habitats in a relatively small area.
The Navigations provide an excellent way to discover Surrey’s towns, villages and countryside. The changing scenery means that there is always plenty to see along the Wey, and the historic locks and their pretty cottages add to the waterway’s special character.
We hope that you will enjoy your visit and ask you to read this booklet for your safety and information:
Licence your boat:
The official stuff: you can download our licences here - the annual, visitor and portable licences need to be completed and returned to Thames Lock, Stoke Lock (in person) or the Navigations Office (by post).