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River Wey information for portable craft

Four kayakers paddle along the River Wey at River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf, Surrey
Kayaking along the River Wey | © National Trust Images/Derek Croucher

Canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding along the River Wey Navigations is a great way to explore this historic waterway. Here you’ll find information of launch points, guidance for safe paddling and downloadable licences for your craft.

Information for portable craft

If you’re planning to paddle along the River Wey Navigations, please download the Information for portable craft booklet for your safety.

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

Download the information for portable craft booklet

We also recommend you look at The Paddlers Code, a really useful guide to using waterways safely and responsibly.

Here is a great version of how to stay safe on the water

Book a licence

All paddlers require a licence for the River Wey and Godalming Navigations. Here you can book a portable craft licence online for up to 7 days. If you need an annual licence, you will need to download the application form which must be returned to Thames Lock, Stoke Lock (in person) or the Navigations Office (by post or in person).

Download our 2024 portable craft licence or book a portable craft licence

Hire companies on the river

If you want to have a go at stand up paddleboarding or kayaking, check out these websites:

Fluid Adventures

Roar Outdoor

Surrey SUP

The Paddle Project

The River Wey Navigation

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 4 miles to Godalming.

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

Paddling 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.

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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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Take in the beautiful Surrey scenery by boating along the River Wey Navigation. Find information for boat users and licences here.

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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.