The River Wey towpath with an incredible 19-mile cycling route

If you’re looking for something different to do on a dry Sunday afternoon, why not go for a bike ride along one of Surrey’s most beautiful rivers?

Meandering through some of the county’s most picturesque towns and villages, the River Wey is home to beautiful views and a variety of wildlife.

Two stretches of the waterway are called the River Wey Navigation and Godalming Navigation.

Together they provide 19.5 miles of continuous navigable routes from the River Thames near Weybridge via Guildford to Godalming.

The glorious towpath alongside the tranquil water forms a green corridor running through the Surrey countryside.

It’s a fantastic place to go for a bike ride and there are a number of pubs along the route where you can stop for a refreshing drink or bite to eat such as the Row Barge in Guildford.

Owned by the National Trust, the River Wey Navigation connects to the Basingstoke Canal at West Byfleet, and the Godalming Navigation to the Wey and Arun Canal near Shalford, meaning, you can extend your cycle journey if you desire.

Discover the River Wey Navigation and Godalming Navigation
(Image: Laura Nightingale)

The changing scenery means that there is always plenty to see along the Wey, and the historic locks and their pretty cottages add to the waterway’s special character.

The path is also suitable for walking and it’s worth noting that some parts of the towpath can get muddy during wet weather.

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The 19.5 mile cycle or walking route

START: Set off from Weybridge at the start of The Wey Navigation or from Godalming at the start of The Godalming Navigation.

Whichever place you start from, both navigations meet in Guildford town centre.

The Wey Navigation is 15.3 miles long and has 12 locks.

The Godalming Navigation is 4.2 miles long and has four locks.

Alternative routes

Below are four short stretches of the River Wey, great for walking, running or cycling and ideal if you want to check out the route before embarking on the entire waterway.

The Row Barge pub is located at Riverside, Guildford, GU1 1LW.
(Image: Laura Nightingale)

Weybridge to New Haw Lock (5 miles)

Starting point: Thames Street, Walton Lane, Weybridge, KT13 8NG

New Haw Lock to Pyrford Lock (7 miles, includes part of Basingstoke Canal)

Starting point: New Haw Lock, Addlestone, KT15 2DS

Papercourt Lock to Triggs Lock (6 miles)

Starting point: The New Inn, Send Road, Send, GU23 7EN

Dapdune Wharf to St Catherine’s (5.5 miles)

Starting point: Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, GU1 4RR

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