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. (If Dapdune Wharf is closed, access the bridge from Woodbridge Road down a path at the end of the cricket ground). On the far side, turn away from the river and in a few yards turn left along the road between commercial buildings (Walnut Tree Close). The road bears left. After 100m pass King Edward Court on the right and in a few metres turn right up an access road, then continue ahead on a footbridge over the railway. Keep slightly left then go straight across a tarmac road following a signposted footpath with trees on the left. After an enclosed section climb a few steps to reach a residential road. Turn left along the road then follow the road as it curves right. At a larger road (Ridgemount), turn right and follow the road through a left curve. Ignore Cathedral Close on the right. Further along on the right is a pedestrian entrance to the cathedral up a long line of steps. You may wish to climb these steps and perhaps visit the Cathedral.

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Return to Ridgemount, turn right and continue ahead where this becomes Alresford Road, and at the end turn left into Benbrick Road. Cross The Chase and into Elmside. This area is part of Onslow Village. At a road junction go straight across heading for the Curling Vale road sign. Take the enclosed footpath ahead immediately to the left of this road sign. With care cross the A31 and take the footpath ahead climbing through trees. In a few yards emerge at the corner of a large open field. Keep slightly right to climb the right side of the field with trees nearby on the right. As you pause for breath, enjoy the views of Guildford to the left and the Cathedral behind you. At the far corner of the field pass through a line of trees to reach a narrow tarmac road that runs along the ridge of the North Downs. There are more views ahead through the trees.


Turn left along the roadway (the old Farnham Road turnpike) and follow the historical approach to Guildford down the hill, passing on the right the cemetery where Lewis Carroll is buried. At the bottom of the hill cross the Portsmouth Road (use pedestrian crossing a few yards to the right). Continue ahead, passing St Nicholas' Church and the White House.


Cross the pedestrianised Town Bridge. From the bridge look left to see Town Wharf. Cross the main road using the pedestrian crossing near Debenhams and go ahead for a short distance 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 Weyside pub. Just after the rowing club turn right on a path behind the clubhouse. Soon pass through a kissing gate to join the riverside path beside Shalford Meadows. You may glimpse St Catherines Chapel on the hill in the distance ahead. When you come to the footbridge over the Navigation at Ferry Lane, cross over and turn right. After 20m, you can detour to St Catherine's Hill by turning left up Ferry Lane then just before the main road turn sharp left up the hill. After enjoying the chapel ruins and the views retrace your steps to the towpath and turn left.

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Follow the towpath back towards Guildford. Opposite the rowing club keep left across Millmead meadow to reach Millmead Lock. At the lock, turn left to cross two footbridges 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. On reaching Town Bridge go straight across the end of the road into a car park. Follow the right side of the car park with Town Wharf on the opposite bank. Follow the towpath under two road bridges and a footbridge. After the towpath curves right Dapdune Wharf is ahead on the opposite bank. Continue along the towpath to the railway bridge. To return to (or visit) Dapdune Wharf turn right over the footbridge beside the railway bridge. At the end of the path turn right along the main road then take the next road on the right (Wharf Rd). To continue with the walk turn away from the river and in a few yards turn left along Walnut Tree Close as in the instructions for Waypoint 1

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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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