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River Wey guided walks

Walkers on a field in setting sun
Join us for a free guided walk | © National Trust/Sarah Crawcour

This year, we've got a packed programme of free guided walks, led by our knowledgeable volunteers, exploring both the towpath and further afield. Its always a great experience to get out into the fresh air, chat with different people, and enjoy the scenery. All walks are free, but please book online so we know how many people are coming - thank you.

Three Surrey Hills guided walk

Sun 28 Apr, 10.30-4pm

This walk has a lot of variety - hills, heath, river and the UK's oldest continuously inhabited house! This ten-mile walk starts at Chinthurst Hill car park and heads for Great Tangley Manor and on to Blackheath. Then down through Chilworth and the gunpowder mills before going up past Chilworth Manor and on to St Martha's. We come down through the Chantries and past Shalford Mill before joining the River Wey towpath.

Bramley circular guided walk

Wed 8 May, 10.30-3pm

This 7 miler goes from Godalming Wharf to Bramley and back - just over 4 hours in total with a refreshment stop to enjoy your packed lunch in the disused Bramley station. We'll return along the Fox Way to the River Wey. There are views of gorgeous countryside coupled with interesting facts - and no charge involved...

Guided walk: Waggoners Wells

Sun 26 May, 10.30am - 1.30pm

A rather strange and wonderful place - what were those three ponds at Waggoners Wells about? We don't promise any answers, but you'll get a good walk if you join us...

The walk is just under 5 miles and takes in Cooper's Stream, the Hammer Ponds, Ludshott Common, the Superior Camp and a visit to the Grayshott Pottery. Good footwear is recommended as at the footpath at the start is uneven. There are two short, steep uphill sections and one footpath stile.

Guided walk round Godalming with David Rose

Sat 6 July, 10.30-1.00

Join local historian and writer David Rose for a walk that takes in the final stretch of the Godalming Navigation and part of the River Wey itself upstream from the town centre. The first part of the walk will be a circular route downstream along the towpath and back via the Lammas Lands. Then, through Phillips Memorial Park, with the memorial to Farncombe man Jack Phillips, a radio operator on the ill-fated ship Titanic. The route then follows a footpath from Westbrook Mills along a beautiful tranquil stretch beside the non-navigable Wey, probably usually only known to locals and anglers! The walk returns to Godalming Wharf via the town. Plenty of local history facts along the route!

Guided walk: Triggs with David Rose

Sat 7 Sept, 10.30-12.30

Join local historian and writer David Rose for a guided walk along the Wey Navigation starting at Cartbridge, Send, going to Triggs Lock and returning via Sutton Green back to the starting point. This is where the Wey Navigation all started in 1653, and there will be plenty of stops in which David will give historical details of the navigation here as well as pointing out other features including its rich natural history.

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

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