GUIDE TO THE RIVER WEY
(Goldalming to Weybridge)
NAME OF RIVER: River Wey.
WHERE IS IT?: Godalming downstream to Weybridge, Surrey/SW London. Last few miles (below Pyrford Lock) not attractive. Map.PUT-INS/ TAKEOUTS:
Put in: Going downstream, (1) Godalming Wharf SU975 441 (drop off but no nearby parking) 2 miles to - (2) Broadford at A248 bridge - 2 miles to - (3) Guildford SU994492 (paying car park but next to lock for going either up or down) 6 miles to - (4) Cartbridge, Send TQ018564 (roadside) 3 miles to (5) Pyrford Lock TQ054592 (car park at The Anchor who readily gave permission) and on to Weybridge (not explored)
APPROX LENGTH: 18 miles, but lots of put in points so choose your own length.
TIME NEEDED: As fast as you paddle but allow for a portage of a lock about every mile.
ACCESS HASSLES: Owned by NT, so permit from them 01483-561389 or else BCU sticker.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Regulated by locks and weirs.
GRADING: I placid.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Weirs/ locks to be portaged.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Pleasant river navigation, with some surprisingly strong currents where the canal uses the old river. Wooded hills at Godalming, narrow gap in the Downs at Guildford, meadows below that.
OTHER NOTES: Favourite trip is from Guildford up to the tea rooms just below Godalming and back. Quite a lot of leisure narrow boat traffic. Museum at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford.
CONTRIBUTED BY: David Wilson.
If you just fancy an evening paddle there are various places i have found to get in on the wey.
If you go down the A281 and take the road left at Shalford towards peasmarsh the road goes over the wey and you can park on the left on a wide verge. They have just redone the eroded bank so it is now easy to get in and out. I have paddled to the pub in Goldelming (although they arent very friendly) and also the other way into guildford and crossed over into the old river course there is a pub there.
The other place to get in is in Woodbridge meadow carpark. From the centre of guildford if you go down the road with the station main enterance on it and keep going you go round a sharp right hand bend with tops tiles on the corrner keep going you can either park in the public carpark (it has a heigh restriction) or you can turn into the industrial estate where AcornIT is on the corrner and park discreatly (at weekends there is noone about) and paddle either way.
If you go down the A281 and take the road left at Shalford towards Peasmarsh, the road goes over the Wey and you can park on the left on a wide verge. They have just redone the eroded bank so it is now easy to get in and out...
Why was the bank eroded? It wasn't, perhaps, due to repeated launching and landing of kayaks and canoes, was it? :-)
Circular route from Newark Priory