Although much of lockdown has been spent walking and only walking, an easing of restrictions has given residents slightly more freedom to explore new areas.
As the coronavirus roadmap continues, outdoor activities have also been made more interesting with non-essential shops and pubs now open to break up any excursion.
A five-and-a half mile walk or 11 miles if you retrace the same route, takes in some of the most remote parts of the Wey Navigation, according to the National Trust and would be an ideal way to rediscover parts of Guildford you haven’t been able to visit for a while.
The fairly flat route follows the towpath along the boundary of Sutton Place and passes two pubs, The Rowbarge at 7 Riverside during the start/end of the walk, and further on The New Inn at Send, as both nestle on the banks of the Wey Navigation Canal.
Walking trails can be very popular with visitors advised to park considerately, and maintain social distancing during the walk.
If you do visit any of the pubs and are lucky enough to find an outside table remember to adhere to any rules and coronavirus restrictions. There are a couple of places where crossing a main road is unavoidable during this walk.
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The National Trust Dapdune Wharf to Cartbridge Wharf walk
Starting point: River Wey Navigations, Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, GU1 4RR
This walk can be done as a linear walk or an ‘out and back’, retracing the same route.
1. From Dapdune Wharf, follow the footpath towards the railway embankment. Turn left and cross the river by the footbridge. Go through the small car park under the railway bridge, then follow the towpath to the main road. Turn right over the bridge and cross the dual carriageway and rejoin the towpath.
2. Follow the towpath to the next road junction – the Woking Road at Stoke Mill. Turn left over the river bridge and right to rejoin the towpath. Continue to Stoke Lock.
3. Cross the river by the footbridge on your right and follow the towpath all the way to Bowers Lock. Cross the Navigation and river by the footbridges and continue on the towpath, passing under Broadoak Bridge, the driveway to Sutton Place.
Follow the towpath, crossing the Navigation at Send Church Bridge, to Triggs Lock.
4. Carry on along the towpath past Triggs and within a mile (1.6km) you will see Worsfold Gates, the Navigations workshops. The New Inn at Send is another half a mile (800m) further on, and could be a good place for a break.
5. Return to Bowers Lock by the same route, if you are heading back to Guildford. Approximately 660yd (600m) after Bowers Lock, by the electricity pylon, take the boardwalk on the left into Riverside Park.
Follow the boardwalk next to the lake. Turn right onto the boardwalk marked Wetland Trail before the end of the lake which will take you back to Stoke Lock.
Follow the towpath back to Dapdune Wharf, stopping, if you wish, at The Rowbarge, near Stoke Bridge, for refreshments.