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River Wey information for boat users

Trees are reflected in the water, with a narrowboat moored on the right bank of the River Wey near Bowers Lock, Surrey, at River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf
A narrowboat moored on the River Wey near Bowers Lock, Surrey | © National Trust Images/John Miller

If you're visiting the navigations by boat, please read the Information for Boat Users booklet before you arrive. There’s lots of information about how to use the locks, navigation notes and more. You can also download annual, visitor and portable licences here.

Information for boat users

If you’re planning to pass through the River Wey Navigations in your boat, please download the Information for Boat Users booklet for your safety.

If you require this information in a different format, please contact the Navigations Office.

Download the information for boat users booklet


All boaters require a licence for the River Wey and Godalming Navigations. Here you can complete the annual, visitor and portable licences, which must be returned by email to or to Thames Lock (in person) or the Navigations Office (by post or in person).

Download the annual licence for 2024

Download the visitor licence for 2024

Download the portable craft licence for 2024


We offer a variety of mooring locations along the Wey and Godalming Navigations. Download the moorings application form which will give you information on the locations, prices and the process for applying.

Boat hire

There are a number of boat hire companies operating along the waterway - have a look at their websites:

Farncombe Boat House

Boating at Dapdune

On the Wey Narrowboat hire

WeyDays boat hire

Also of interest:

Byfleet Boat Club

TLC - the Locker Maintenance and Supply Company

What are the River Wey Navigations?

The River 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 four miles to Godalming.

Today, the navigations form a green corridor running through the Surrey countryside. The unique landscape contains a rich variety of wildlife habitats in a relatively small area.

Boating through the navigations is a great way to discover Surrey’s towns, villages and countryside from the tranquillity of the water. There’s plenty to see along the Wey, with historic locks and pretty cottages adding to the waterway’s special character.

A length of canal with Pyrford Lock on the foreground and blue skies above

Discover more at the River Wey Navigations 

Find out how to get to the River Wey Navigations, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

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River Wey Navigations boat trips 

Experience the River Wey Navigations on a boat trip, or enjoy a leisurely walk along the towpath, looking out for wildlife along the water’s edge.

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River Wey information for portable craft 

Paddling along the River Wey Navigations is a great way to explore this historic waterway. Find information for paddlers and licences here.

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Eating and shopping at River Wey 

Enjoy a range of refreshments at the tea-room or browse the second-hand bookshop at Dapdune to discover your next favourite read.

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Family-friendly things to do at River Wey Navigations and Dapdune Wharf 

Bring your family to Dapdune Wharf for a boat trip, family fun or to browse the award-winning Bookshed, packed to the rafters with a wonderful variety of second-hand books, all donated by visitors and local communities around the River Wey. Enjoy a cream tea in the café or have a run around the island.