The River Wey lengths
Each length of the River Wey Navigation is different, passing historic locks, once-urban areas and rural plains. Here are some highlights to look out for as you explore the navigations.
Catteshall Lock is the first lock on the Godalming Navigation. From here you can see the ancient Lammas lands – historic common land on the floodplain, where ownership was marked by dole stones. Two of these still remain – can you find them?
St Catherine's length
St Catherine's length runs from the once industrial hamlet of Broadford, curving around the sharp bends under St Catherine's Hill, giving you a glimpse of the golden sands that gave Guildford its name, to Millmead Lock in the centre of town.
Stoke length is where the creation of the Wey Navigation started. Sir Richard Weston first cut an artificial channel in 1618, from where the Rowbarge Inn now stands, to the new lock at Stoke, and then three miles beyond across his land. The original lock controlled the water used to flood the meadows.
Triggs length is the most rural length along the Navigation. You may see roe deer scurrying about in the fields on either side of the river, kestrels and parakeets above and a good variety of bats and owls at night.
Walsham length is a man-made section of the navigation running from Pyrford Lock to Send. Although it's one of the shortest lengths, it's also one of the prettiest, with the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley forming the backdrop to the natural river.
New Haw length
New Haw length was once an urban length of the navigation but is now suburban, with only the noise of the M25 passing overhead at Byfleet. You’ll see plenty of unusual buildings along this length with Coxes Mill, the Grist Mill at Parvis Wharf and traditional rowing clubhouses backing onto the waterway.
Wildlife to look out for
The urban oasis of the River Wey and Godalming Navigations is an important green corridor amidst the bustle of modern-day Surrey. The banks and waterway support a rich variety of wildlife, so whether you're on a walk or in a boat, keep your eyes peeled for the natural world around you.