Walking trail

River Wey walks: Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine's

Walking trail

Have a peek at the geographical importance of the River Wey. You'll be able to see how the river has cut through the North Downs making Guildford an important 'gap town'. There are some spectacular views at the highest point of the walk before you descend to the valley bottom.

Town mill in Guildford from the river


Route map of River Wey walk from Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine's


Dapdune Wharf, grid ref: SU993502


Go out of the back gate of Dapdune Wharf towards the railway embankment and cross the river. Ignore the towpath and bear right along the road between commercial buildings (Walnut Tree Close). The road bears left. Continue for 100m and turn right up an access road with a sign to the University. Continue over the railway bearing left along the path through trees. On reaching a road (Ridgemount), turn right following the road and look for steps up to the Cathedral.

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Return to Ridgemount, turn right and continue along Alresford Road, bearing left into Benbrick Road. Cross The Chase and into Elmside. This area is part of Onslow Village. At the junction with Curling Vale, take the footpath between the houses to eventually cross the A31 and up the steep footpath to the track that runs along the ridge of the North Downs. The views are superb in all directions.


Turn left along the trackway (the old Farnham Road turnpike) and follow the historical approach to Guildford down the hill, passing the cemetery where Lewis Carroll is buried. Cross the Portsmouth Road, pass St Nicholas' Church and the White House.


Cross Town Bridge. To the left is Town Wharf. Cross the road by the pedestrian crossing and go up the High Street as far as Quarry Street, the first road on your right. On Quarry Street, if you have time, you can visit the church, castle and museum. The far end of Quarry Street joins Millbrook. Cross the road here and pass The Boatman pub. Carry on to the rowing club and cross the stile behind the clubhouse. Ignore the tarmac path and follow the path along the river bank beside Shalford Meadows. When you come to the footbridge over the Navigation at Ferry Lane, cross over and turn right. After 20m, detour left up Ferry Lane to reach St Catherine's Hill.

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Retrace your steps to the towpath. Turn left and follow the towpath to Millmead lock. At the lock, turn left to cross the footbridge and then turn right along the riverside to pass the Britannia Inn at Millbrook, with Town Mill and the Yvonne Arnaud theatre on the opposite bank. Pass over Town Bridge and follow the path through the car park opposite Town Wharf, under the road bridge and along the towpath to the railway embankment and back to Dapdune Wharf.

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Dapdune Wharf, grid ref: SU993502

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River Wey walks: Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine's


Some road walking, mostly small roads with little traffic, the rest is along the towpath. Dogs on leads are welcome.
River Wey walks: Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine's

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River Wey walks: Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine's

How to get here

River Wey Navigations, Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, GU1 4RR
By train

Guildford mainline station is a ten minute walk from Dapdune Wharf.

By road

Dapdune Wharf is at the end of Wharf Road, which is off Woodbridge Road - the A322, behind Guildford Cricket Club

By bus

Numbers 28, 20 and 4 stop on Woodbridge Road by Wharf Road.

River Wey walks: Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine's

Facilities and access

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