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.