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Two miles along the waterway from Godalming you will see the entrance to the Wey & Arun canal, ‘London’s lost route to the sea’ which is currently undergoing restoration. The river runs through Guildford, with its 11th century castle, cobbled high street, theatres and cinemas and numerous shops and restaurants.  The National Trust have owned and managed the river since 1964, continuously maintaining this beautiful and historic waterway.

The full history of the navigation can be viewed at Dapdune Wharf, the National Trust's visitor centre. Today, the river is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, anglers and boaters all year round.

There is an abundance of wildlife on the river, as well as the adjoining 80-hectare Riverside Nature Reserve in Burpham where you may see herons, kingfishers, woodpeckers, bats, dragonflies and water voles.   The mill pond at Coxes lock is also a wildlife sanctuary, home to many different species of waterfowl.

The ancient Newark Priory, RHS Wisley gardens and the 16th century mansion Sutton Place built by Sir Richard Weston (now private property) and Coxes Mill are all within easy reach of the riverbank, as well as the popular riverside pubs where you can stop for refreshments and watch the world go by.

The final lock on the Wey navigation is Thames Lock at Weybridge.  The lock is operated by helpful National Trust staff and an ideal place to continue your journey onto the river Thames towards Windsor and beyond.  Or turn around and retrace your route back along the tranquil river Wey.

The junction with the Basingstoke canal also intercepts the river Wey.  The Basingstoke canal runs for 32 miles from Greywall Village in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey.  The canal is very rural with navigation restrictions for boaters.

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