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|Guildford and the River Wey|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 22 Aug 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2 mile circular walk from Guildford town centre taking in the beautiful centre of Surrey’s historic county town along with a surprisingly peaceful stretch of the River Wey. You’ll have chance to see Guildford’s famous cobbled High Street plus Guildford Castle along with the picturesque River Wey where on summer days you’ll see narrow boats, rowing boats and canoes all messing about on the river. |
The walk is mainly flat with just a few gentle hills including the High Street itself. There are no stiles and just a couple of kissing gates plus a few steps. The surfaces are mainly well made tarmac paths but the stretch along the river and through the meadows can be muddy after wet weather. There are likely to be cattle grazing in Shalford Meadows so take care with dogs. The castle grounds are locked at dusk. There are public toilets at the start of the walk just behind the Cornmarket and plenty of places for refreshments within the town. Approximate time 1 hour.
The walk starts from outside the Cornmarket on the pedestrian High Street, right in the centre of Guildford. The Cornmarket can be found on the High Street where it meets Tunsgate. It is opposite the Guildhall with its large projecting clock which makes a good landmark to guide you. If you are coming by car there are many pay and display car parks within the town, the nearest one being Castle Street. If you are coming by train the rail station is about a 10 minute walk from the start of the walk.
|Start to Town Bridge|
Start point: 51.2357 lat, -0.5727 long
The walk starts on the High Street in Guildford, outside the Cornmarket and opposite the Guildhall. Stand facing the 14th century Guildhall with its imposing large clock which was added in 1683 and dominates the view on the High Street. Turn left heading downhill along the High Street passing by a whole range of retail outlets.
|Town Bridge to Millmead Lock|
Start point: 51.2349 lat, -0.5765 long
The Town Bridge stands on the site of the ancient ford from which Guildford takes its name. The name is thought to derive from the Saxon term Gyldeford meaning golden ford, and it is believed that the term refers to the golden sand in the area. Around 1200 a stone bridge was built here by the monks of Waverley Abbey. The current bridge was rebuilt in 1983, reusing the arches from the previous bridge of 1902.
|Millmead Lock to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.233 lat, -0.5751 long
Turn right in front of the lock and follow the towpath with the river on the left. Cross over the small weir and pass Guildford boat house on the opposite bank. At the fork, take the right hand path and follow this to reach the sluice gate.
|Footbridge to Hockey Pitch|
Start point: 51.2246 lat, -0.577 long
Pass through the gate on the opposite side of the river and continue ahead on the path signed as the North Downs Way with the river on the left. After just a few yards where the main path bends right, keep ahead onto the minor path with the river still immediately on your left.
|Hockey Pitch to Quarry Street|
Start point: 51.2277 lat, -0.5732 long
Turn left to pass alongside the hockey pitch to reach a T-junction with a tarmac path just before the road. Turn left onto the footpath and follow this fenced path with the meadows across to the left.
|Quarry Street to End|
Start point: 51.2322 lat, -0.5731 long
Follow Quarry Street as it bends to the left. Just a few paces before you reach Guildford Museum on the right, turn right under the arch called Castle Arch. Fork left a few paces later and then turn left through the gates into the castle grounds.
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This is an enjoyable short walk. Despite starting from the town centre it is a peaceful route with a rural feel, and there is an excellent riverside Young's pub near the end to have lunch or a drink outside on a sunny day. But note that it is called The Weyside, not The Boatman Inn.
|By gavinsummers on 2016-08-17 17:08:48|
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