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    The Wey Navigation opened in 1653 and was one of the first British rivers to be made navigable. In 1764 the Godalming Navigation opened, creating a 20-mile waterway running from the Thames at Weybridge to Godalming - now the southern-most part of the inland waterway network. The River Wey and Godalming Navigations
    The River Wey & Godalming Navigations is owned and operated by the National Trust. It has 14 well spaced locks and two sets of Flood Gates. The Navigation connects to the River Thames, the Basingstoke Canal and the Wey & Arun Canal (currently under restoration).

    All craft must have a licence available from :-

    The Navigations Office,
    Dapdune Wharf,
    Wharf Road,
    Guildford,
    Surrey
    GU1 4RR.
    Tel: 01483 561389
    Fax: 01483 531667
    Email: riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Canoes can use the waterways under BCU membership providing the BCU licence is clearly displayed.

    Map of the River Wey & Godalming Navigations

    Leaflet of Information for Boat Users (pdf)

    There are no official campsites on or adjacent to the River Wey & Godalming Navigations.
    Keith

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    The following are places I have parked up & put in on the Wey Navigation.

    Shalford, Broadford Bridge
    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...ay=146736&lm=0
    You can put in off the bank immediately downstream of the bridge. Parking here consists of verge parking, on the grass between the cycle/foot path & the road. There is an "opening" where you can turn off the road without curb hopping. It seems many people do this with no problems, but be sensible about blocking anybody.
    From here you can meander pleasantly downstream. If you're feelign up to it, portage the 1st weir on the right into the meandering old river (can be awkward to get out due to overgrown banks) & enjoy a lovely trip downstream until rejoining the navigation & returning back through the lock. Upstream its a pleasant paddle to Godalming with one lock portage. The stream which bypasses this lock is not easily canoed down due to large fallen trees, but is worth an explore from the downstream end as far as you feel like.

    Send, near the New Inn
    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...ay=155838&lm=0
    Either ask at the pub & use their (small) car park on quieter days, repaying the compliment with an apres-paddle pint or two, or alternatively park about 200m further up the road that passes the pub car park, on the right by a hedge. At the near end of this hedge is a footpath wide enough for a canoe which comes out on the bank about 50m down.
    From here again either direction is pleasant, or you can have a bit of an adventure by portaging past the paperworks on the old river & completing a circle, or even a fig of 8!
    http://www.canoedaysout.com/trip/777


    The Old Tannery, Tannery Lane, near Send
    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...ay=156322&lm=0
    An alternative to the New Inn, but with slightly awkward access over a footbridge & with overgrown banks. Easier in winter than summer. Park on the "rubber matting" immediately round the sharp corner from the old Tannery Building which is now offices.


    Newark New Bridge
    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...ay=157357&lm=0
    A small parking area WITH A LOW HEIGHT BARRIER & tight turn to enter. Perfect for those with inflatables, but a bit awkward for canoes as the portage involves roadside & gates.


    Pyrford Lock & The Anchor
    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...ay=159223&lm=0
    The pub are normally happy for you to use their carpark if you are having a pint afterwards. There is also space for 3 cars on the roadside on the other side of the bridge.
    Upstream is more interesting than downstream, but the perfect longer trip is the loop through Weybridge you can do from here. Here's the same paddle but from New Haw
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...-fair-old-Wey!

    New Haw
    http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...ay=163059&lm=0
    Easy off the road parking right next to the canal, but with a height restrictor, luckily quite a tall one. Paddling from here is slightly more urban but still pleasant. Again you can do the Weybridge loop as from Pyrford above.


    I haven't used them, but there are also places to put in at Godalming, in Guildford & in Weybridge.
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    Further to the above, for anyone wishing to portage the Paperworks mentioned under "Send", its gotten a little more complicated due to a temporary footpath diversion. This means you cannot get in at the usual place. It IS possible to portage an extra 100 yds or so through the field to the right of the paperworks, BUT this is private land & you have to negotiate a muddy ditch & then put in at a prime fishing spot. The previous portage roughly followed a right of way, give or take a few yards! I had no problem doing the new route the other day, but it was quite hard work.
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    Here's a link to some blogs on the Wey Navigation


    Weybridge loop
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ious-Sunny-Day


    Send & Old Woking Loop
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...p-benightments

    Shalford & Godalming
    http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/for...ith-added-Mink!
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    Maps of some of the possible routes:

    Old Woking and Gresham Mill Print Works route: javascript:__doPostBack('lbThisLink','')

    Triggs Lock Loop (can be linked with the above for a fantastic figure of 8): http://www.paddlepoints.co.uk?R=38&A=6212

    Weybridge & Brooklands Loop: http://www.paddlepoints.co.uk?R=39&A=989
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    Thanks for the link Mal, more routes to try out

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    There is now a river conditions "Blog" here It has regular updates of the conditions when the river rises.
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    A couple of other short Wey route options:

    Shalford, St Catherine's Meadow and Guildford: http://www.paddlepoints.net?R=36&A=1462

    Shalford to Farncombe, return: http://www.paddlepoints.net?R=123&A=9446
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    Any suggestions for a morning's 'out and back' or circular route from Guildford? I am singing in the Cathedral from 3:30 tomorrow afternoon, and thought of a bimble in the morning.
    Fran



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    Shalford Bridge, Fran. Park on grass between verge and cyclepath.

    Either downstream towards Guildford, portage RIff Raff weir, then down the meanders and back up through St Catherine's lock. (Hour and 15) http://www.paddlepoints.net?R=36&A=1462 (COuld be done from central Guildford, Millmead, but Pay & Display and less easy put in)

    or

    Upstream through the next lock, portage weir, down through jungle (easy one mostly) and back to Shalford. (2 hours?) http://www.paddlepoints.net?R=325&A=3490

    or

    Both!



    Various options the other side of Guildford, but this is a nice spot and you can extend at will.
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    Cheers Mal.
    Fran



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