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Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels

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Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels
Author: exploresurrey, Published: 27 Feb 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels Walking Guidestar1 Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels Walking Guidestar0 Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels Walking Guide
Surrey, Weybridge
Walk Type: Footpaths and Byways
Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels Walking Guide boot Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile (7km) circular walk from Weybridge Station. The route passes through part of the town and along the towpath of the Wey Navigation between Weybridge and New Haw. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

The walk is flat and has no stiles or other obstacles, just some steps. Some of the paths through woodland and alongside the canal will be very muddy after wet weather, so stout shoes or boots are recommended. One section of the canal towpath is quite narrow so take care with children and dogs here. At one point you will need to use a pedestrian crossing across the railway tracks – the crossing has gates and flights of steps each side, but again, take care with children and dogs. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

If you are looking for refreshments, there are snack kiosks at Weybridge Station as well as toilets on platform 2. There are a number of pubs, cafes and shops in Weybridge and public toilets in the car park behind the library (near waypoint 2). The route also passes close to The White Hart pub in New Haw (near waypoint 6), which has a canal side garden and serves food. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 160 Windsor, Weybridge and Bracknell. This walk follows a National Trust towpath and footpaths which cross private land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code and National Trust byelaws.

The walk starts and finishes at Weybridge Rail Station in Surrey. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. The station does have a small pay and display car park. The easiest car park to use is The Heath (South) which is next to the station (on the opposite side of the railway line). This is a pay and display car park but parking is free on a Sunday. The car park entrance is opposite Cobbett Hill on Brooklands Road (B374). Approximate post codes KT13 8UD for Station or KT13 0UN for The Heath (South) car park. Grid Reference TQ 074636.

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Walk Sections

Start to Fir Grange Avenue
Start to Fir Grange Avenue

Start point: 51.3619 lat, -0.4577 long
End point: 51.3657 lat, -0.4513 long

From the station ticket office or The Heath (South) car park, walk back to Brooklands Road. Cross Brooklands Road at the triangular island by the roundabout and follow the footpath straight ahead. This will take you alongside the railway in a deep cutting on the right. Eventually the path bends to the left alongside an old brick wall and then bends right to pass through a gap in the wall. Follow the path until it reaches the road.

Fir Grange Avenue to St James' Church
Fir Grange Avenue to St James' Church

Start point: 51.3657 lat, -0.4513 long
End point: 51.3714 lat, -0.4609 long

Bear left into Fir Grange Avenue (a private gravel drive with vehicle barrier) and then continue straight ahead into Windsor Walk. On reaching the T-junction, turn left into Pine Grove to meet the next T-junction with Hanger Hill. Cross over and then turn right to follow the pavement downhill. About 100m before the traffic lights, turn left down a wide tarmac footpath. Follow this long straight path, go straight ahead at a crossroads of paths and pass the lido and children's play area on the right.

Follow the path as it bends right then left with allotments on the left and the car park for Weybridge Library on your right. The path emerges at St James' Church.

St James' Church to Old Wey Bridge
St James' Church to Old Wey Bridge

Start point: 51.3714 lat, -0.4609 long
End point: 51.3716 lat, -0.466 long

Continue with St James' Church on your right for a short distance until you reach the T-junction with Church Street. Cross over Church Street (take care as it can be very busy) and turn left to follow the pavement past a number of small shops. Take the next road on the right (Bridge Road). Continue to the end of the road and cross over the river on Old Wey Bridge, a Grade 2 listed bridge.

Take time to admire the view here. The Wey Navigation is more than 15 miles in length and runs from the River Thames at Weybridge to Guildford. It was completed in 1653, making it one of the earliest navigations and the first to use long stretches of separate canal. There are nine miles of 'new cut'. The canal and meandering river separate here at the former wharf and are not reunited until Walsham Lock near Pyrford.

Old Wey Bridge to Black Boy Bridge
Old Wey Bridge to Black Boy Bridge

Start point: 51.3716 lat, -0.466 long
End point: 51.3715 lat, -0.4722 long

Continue past Weystone Road on your right, then cross the road and turn right to join the narrow canal towpath between the road and canal.

The canal was a busy and, at times, profitable waterway. Although there was a steady decline in traffic due to competition from the railways during the second half of the nineteenth century, some bulky goods were transported to Guildford until 1958.

Follow the narrow towpath with the canal on your left until you reach the next bridge (Black Boy Bridge).

Black Boy Bridge to Coxes Mill and Lock
Black Boy Bridge to Coxes Mill and Lock

Start point: 51.3715 lat, -0.4722 long
End point: 51.3664 lat, -0.4769 long

At Black Boy Bridge you will need to cross the bridge to follow the towpath on the opposite side. As you cross the bridge, keep close to the right hand barrier to follow the fenced footpath down to the towpath. The canal will now be on your right.

When horses pulled the barges, they had to be walked over Black Boy Bridge to continue on the towpath.

Continue along the towpath for 650m, passing under a railway bridge and you will emerge at Coxes Mill and Lock.

Coxes Mill and Lock to New Haw
Coxes Mill and Lock to New Haw

Start point: 51.3664 lat, -0.4769 long
End point: 51.3572 lat, -0.486 long

Coxes Lock is one of twelve locks on the Wey Navigation. Coxes Mill was built in the early 1780s by Alexander Raby and was used as a corn mill from 1829 until it was closed in 1983. Barges regularly delivered grain to the mill until 1969 when grain terminals from London Docks to Tilbury were removed, ending the trade. An attempt was made to revive this trade in the late 1970s. After a long family association, the last proprietor, Harry Stevens, transferred the canal to the National Trust and it is now a popular recreational waterway.

Continue along the towpath for 1.3km until you reach the road bridge at New Haw. Along this section of the canal the edges are shallow, ideal for a doggie paddle, although of course the centre of the canal is very deep (to allow navigation by the boats). Look out for cyclists using the towpath. Tap the Listen button below (available via App only) to hear more about the canal.

If you want to stop for refreshments, turn right over the road bridge and you will reach the White Hart pub (dogs in garden only) and several shops. Return to the bridge to continue your walk.

New Haw to Rail Crossing
New Haw to Rail Crossing

Start point: 51.3572 lat, -0.486 long
End point: 51.3558 lat, -0.4721 long

At the road bridge at New Haw, turn left and follow the pavement as the road bends to the right. Immediately before a row of houses, turn left down a narrow footpath with trees either side and marked with a wooden signpost.

Follow the path as it bends to the right and then turn left to merge with a wider unmade road. As the unmade road bends to the left (and you reach another wooden footpath signpost) go straight ahead up the narrow tarmac footpath with hedgerows on each side.

Continue along this footpath until you reach the gate to the railway crossing.

Rail Crossing to Seven Arches Bridge
Rail Crossing to Seven Arches Bridge

Start point: 51.3558 lat, -0.4721 long
End point: 51.3569 lat, -0.4674 long

Go through the gate, up the steps and cross the railway (make sure you have control of children and dogs here and take time to listen carefully for any trains coming) and then go down the steps and through the gate at the other side.

Continue straight ahead and enjoy the views of the lake to the left which was formed from a section of the meandering River Wey that was cut off. At this point the River Wey is more than one mile from the canal.

Continue with the railway embankment on your right until you reach a footbridge over the River Wey alongside Seven Arches Bridge.

Seven Arches Bridge to End
Seven Arches Bridge to End

Start point: 51.3569 lat, -0.4674 long
End point: 51.3622 lat, -0.4573 long

Cross over the small footbridge across the River Wey, taking time to admire the arches on the right.

Seven Arches Bridge was built by the London and Southampton Railway Company, which was later renamed the London and South Western Railway Company. The railway line was completed in 1840.

Continue ahead and the path will merge with a small road, becoming a pavement and then reaching a T-junction. Turn right to cross the bridge over the railway, and then take the road on the left (Lonsdale Road). Go to the end of Lonsdale Road and then take the footpath through a staggered barrier to the left of the gated estate called Hadley Place.

Follow this footpath until it emerges back into The Heath (South) car park with Weybridge Station on your left, marking the end of the walk.

The earth excavated from the Weybridge cutting was used to build the embankments passed on the route. Weybridge Station was opened in 1837. The original station entrance was on the bridge and that building is now used as a bar.

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4 responses to "Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels"

Very good walk I will do it again

By darrellingra on 2012-09-29 19:25:44

Parking at Weybridge Station from 1st April 2013 is £2.50 each day Monday to Saturday. Sunday is free. The Queens Head pub in Bridge road Is worth a visit too.

By traction20 on 2013-07-06 15:30:29

Excellent walk. Great, clear instructions. Thanks.

By peterostrin on 2015-04-26 11:17:15

lovely walk

By spike290166 on 2016-04-20 12:33:08

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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