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A medium-sized red-brick cottage situated on the edge of a river next to a lock with with early morning light hitting the side of the cottage and faint traces of mist in the air
New Haw Lock Cottage on the the River Wey Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf | © National Trust Images/Juliet D'Costa

Weybridge to New Haw Lock walk

This walk follows the route of the last commercial barges on the Wey Navigations. The large Wey barges, owned by Stevens and Sons, transported grain from the Royal Docks in London to Coxes Mill in Addlestone until the late 1960s.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Car park at Thames Street, grid ref: TQ0749765746

Step 1

From the car park in Thames Street, walk up past the old boatyard to the Old Crown pub. Just before the pub, turn right down Church Walk. Cross the road at the bottom and continue straight over on the footpath between the houses. At No 17 Church Walk turn right over the footbridge. Follow the signs for Wey Navigation Towpath via the public footpath to Thames Lock.

Step 2

Cross the footbridge at the lock and follow the towpath past the stable to the two road bridges. Take the metal gangway up to the road and cross over to Town Lock. Turn right onto the towpath.

Step 3

Follow the towpath, which changes banks at Blackboy Bridge. Continue to Coxes Mill and Lock.

Step 4

Continue along the towpath towards New Haw Lock. Just before New Haw Lock, the footpath rises up to meet the road on a bridge. From here, you can see the lock, which is across the road. The lock cottage is reputed to be haunted by a lock keeper’s wife. If you're in need of refreshment, turn right and walk along the road to the roundabout where you'll see the White Hart pub on your right. Otherwise, turn left on the main road (assuming you have not crossed the road to the side with the lock). Follow the road for just over 100m, then turn left onto the public footpath just before the houses. Go to the end of the path, which is about 250m. Turn left, following the public footpath sign.

Step 5

Follow the track, which veers to the left after around 150m. Stay on the track, leaving the farmhouse to your right. In another 300m, there's a turning to your left. Take this and continue for another 200m, where you'll see a right-hand turn marked with a public footpath sign. Turn right, following the sign, eventually finding the river on your right. This is a stretch of the natural River Wey, rather than the Wey Navigation. Continue with the river to your right. The track will veer left away from the river. At this point you can see Coxes Lock Mill in the distance. Continue until you reach the railway line where you'll see a stile. Cross the stile and go over the railway tracks.

Step 6

Turn left and stay on this road, leaving the residential park to your left. Continue following the road back to Town Lock.

Step 7

At Town Lock, turn right and cross the Old Wey Bridge on Addlestone Road, heading towards Weybridge town centre. At the T-junction, turn left, past St James church and follow the High Street, passing the library on your right to the Ship Hotel by the monument. Turn left onto Monument Green, which becomes Thames Street. Continue down Thames Street to the car park where you started.

End point

Car park at Thames Street, grid ref: TQ0749765746

Trail map

A map of the Weybridge to New Haw Lock walk
A map of the Weybridge to New Haw Lock walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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