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Pyrford and the Wey Navigation

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Pyrford and the Wey Navigation
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 26 Mar 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Pyrford and the Wey Navigation Walking Guidestar1 Pyrford and the Wey Navigation Walking Guidestar1 Pyrford and the Wey Navigation Walking Guidestar1 Pyrford and the Wey Navigation Walking Guidestar0 Pyrford and the Wey Navigation Walking Guide
Surrey, Woking
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Pyrford and the Wey Navigation
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Pyrford and the Wey Navigation Walking Guide boot Pyrford and the Wey Navigation Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk through the village of Pyrford, near Woking in Surrey. The walk has plenty of interest passing the ruins of Newark Priory and Pyrford’s Norman church before heading across peaceful farmland to Pyrford Lock and returning alongside the picturesque Wey Navigation.

The walk is generally flat with just one very short but fairly steep climb to the church. There are two stiles (both in open fencing making them easy for dogs to pass under) and several gates including one very tight kissing gate. There is one section of road walking along a narrow pavement at the beginning. The walk crosses a golf course so take care here to avoid the balls flying down the fairways! The paths are mostly mud towpaths and field paths all of which may be muddy after wet weather. The towpaths are quite narrow so take care with children. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

Free parking is available in the small car park (with a height restriction barrier) immediately south of the traffic lights over Newark Lock on the B367 (Newark Lane), south of Pyrford Village. Approximate postcode GU23 6DP.

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Walk Sections

Newark Lock Car Park to St Nicholas’ Church
Newark Lock Car Park to St Nicholas’ Church

Start point: 51.3054 lat, -0.5098 long
End point: 51.314 lat, -0.5093 long

Leave the car park and cross over the river using the road bridge by the traffic lights. Cross the road and continue heading north along the B367 along the narrow pavement with the road on the left.

To the right you have magnificent views of the remains of Newark Augustinian Priory in the adjacent field. The priory was founded at the end of the twelfth century by Ruald de Clane and his wife Beatrice of Send and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Thomas a Beckett. The priory was dissolved, along with all other monasteries, by King Henry VIII.

A little further along you will need to cross back over to the left of the road to continue on the pavement and over Bourne steam bridge. As the road bends hard to the right, go straight ahead up a steep mud footpath between trees.

At the brow of the hill follow the path as it swings to the left and St Nicholas’ Church is now on your right. Follow the path alongside the church and round to the right to the church entrance.

St Nicholas’ Church to Warren Lane
St Nicholas’ Church to Warren Lane

Start point: 51.314 lat, -0.5093 long
End point: 51.3193 lat, -0.4986 long

The Church of St. Nicholas was built around 1140 AD and is a fine example of a complete Norman church. Original frescoes painted in red ochre were uncovered during renovations in 1869 and 1967. Take time to explore the church if you wish.

From the church go down the short section of grass verge to meet the road. Cross the road (take care here) and go ahead up some steps and through the gate to follow the paved path through the churchyard opposite. At the far side of the churchyard climb over a pair of stiles (both with plenty of space through the open fencing for dogs to pass through) into a field.

Follow the right hand field boundary and then pass through a (very tight!) kissing gate alongside derelict outbuildings. Follow the yellow waymarker arrows for the footpath straight ahead through fields. As you pass under the first set of power lines, follow the path as it bends slightly to the left alongside a disused stile, following the right hand field boundary. At the end of this field continue straight ahead through the gap in the hedge, ignoring the footpaths off to the left and right.

Follow this grass path between arable fields heading for the pylon ahead. About 100 metres before you reach the pylon, turn right onto another grass footpath between the fields. Pass by the garden of a private property to your left and follow the path as it bends to the left along this garden boundary. Pass alongside a disused stile to reach a gravel lane with Pyrford Green House on the left.

Warren Lane to Pyrford Lock
Warren Lane to Pyrford Lock

Start point: 51.3193 lat, -0.4986 long
End point: 51.3224 lat, -0.4895 long

Continue ahead down the gravel lane for a short distance to meet a T-junction with the road. Cross diagonally right over the road and pass through a small wooden gate to enter a paddock. Follow the left hand field boundary to the far side.

Pass through the gate and over the footbridge to enter the golf course. Take care as you cross the golf course as you will pass over several fairways with the holes running in both directions, so make sure the holes are not being played as you cross. Use the yellow arrow waymarkers to follow the public footpath across the golf course (these are not obvious so use the GPS map and instructions here to help find your way). Go ahead onto the sandy footpath and, at the end of the path, go straight ahead across the fairway. Bear slightly left to cross over the small stream. When you reach a small lake bear left to continue with the lake on the right.

You will emerge through the far boundary of the course onto Lock Lane. Turn right onto the road and after a short distance cross over the Wey Navigation canal via the small road bridge by Pyrford Lock. The Anchor pub will be on your left. Turn right to follow the towpath with the canal on your right, past Pyrford Lock. The word Pyrford derives from the Saxon term meaning the ford by the pear tree.

Pyrford Lock to Walsham Gates
Pyrford Lock to Walsham Gates

Start point: 51.3224 lat, -0.4895 long
End point: 51.3099 lat, -0.4944 long

Continue along the narrow mud towpath with the canal on the right, ignoring the first path branching right over the canal via a footbridge.

The Wey Navigation is the name given to the navigable parts of the River Wey. The navigation runs for around 20 miles between the Thames below Shepperton Lock and the centre of Godalming. Some parts of the navigation are canal sections and others are the original River Wey which intertwines with the canal sections. The River Wey was one of the first rivers in England to be made navigable. The canal was built by Sir Richard Weston, beginning in 1635. Originally the Wey Navigation was used for transporting barge loads of heavy goods via the Thames to London. Timber, corn, flour, wood and gunpowder from the Chilworth Mills were moved up the canal to London whilst coal was brought back.

On the opposite bank you will come to a beautiful brick tower memorial to the famous poet John Donne. John Donne was a friend of the Lord of Pyrford Place and was employed as a secretary there. Scandal ensued when the poet ran away to marry Ann More, the Lord’s cousin and the heiress to Loseley near Guildford. Her father did not approve, the poet was disgraced and sent to jail. Fortunately the Lord, Sir Francis Wolley, achieved a reconciliation and the Donne family lived with him at Pyrford Place until 1610. Many of John Donne's poems were written in Pyrford.

After some distance you will come to the second footbridge over the Wey, marking the start of Walsham Gates.

Walsham Gates to Newark Lock Car Park
Walsham Gates to Newark Lock Car Park

Start point: 51.3099 lat, -0.4944 long
End point: 51.3069 lat, -0.5089 long

Do not cross the bridge, just continue ahead and after a few paces you will come to Walsham Lock. The lock was opened in 1653 and is the last remaining turf sided lock on the Wey.

Continue ahead with the lock on your right and the lock house on your left. Immediately afterwards you will see (and hear!) a weir to your left on the River Wey. Follow the path as it bends to the left over the weir and then turn right to follow the path with the combined River and Wey Navigation on your right.

Pass through a weighted metal swing gate to an area of open grassland on the left. Pass through another gate and over a narrow footbridge across a smaller tributary to the river. The ruins of Newark Abbey come in to view across on the far side of the river.

As you reach Newark Lock, cross over the footbridge and turn left to follow the towpath with the river now on the left. Follow the footpath up the slope to meet the road. Turn left over the bridge and then cross over the road. Continue alongside the road for a few paces to reach the car park on the right.

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3 responses to "Pyrford and the Wey Navigation"

Path across golf course very unclear. Footpath signage not being maintained by golf club.

By veal on 2015-02-22 08:50:39

Great walk we added a loop to Papercourt Lock as per the National Trust walks, As the other reviewer commented the path across the golf course is not clear due to 2 fallen way marker posts.

By esjayem on 2015-02-23 18:05:04

This was a lovely short walk. I almost went the wrong way on the golf course too but a small price to pay. The road at the start can be a bit busy but the majority of the walk is highly recommended. Will definitely walk this route again.

By Markthespark on 2016-05-25 20:55:16

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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