River Wey information 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.

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:

Download our booklet:  Information for Canoeists

Licence your canoe:

The official stuff: you can download our licence here - the portable licences need to be completed and returned to Thames Lock, Stoke Lock (in person) or the Navigations Office (by post).

Download our 2020 portable craft licence (PDF / 0.2MB)