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Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels

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Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels
Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 27 Feb 2015 Walk 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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8 comments for "Explore Surrey: Weybridge Locks and Levels"

Lovely peaceful walk particularly by river spoilt slightly by overgrown weeds and nettles on later parts of walk.

By Pearson on 26 Aug 2017

Very pleasant walk. The Wey Navigation is a bit of a hidden gem.

By mamil54 on 07 May 2017

Great walk for a rainy Sunday

By land6278 on 12 Mar 2017

A beautiful walk on a cold sunny winters day
Wonderful and interesting and the directions are easy to follow
No map needed !

By Richarde21 on 29 Dec 2016

lovely walk

By Spike on 20 Apr 2016

Excellent walk. Great, clear instructions. Thanks.

By peterostrin on 26 Apr 2015

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 06 Jul 2013

Very good walk I will do it again

By darrellingra on 29 Sep 2012

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This field can be used, if you wish, to further identify where the walk is. This is particularly useful for large counties.

Walk Type (required)

To help quickly finding the right type of walk this provides a basic walk classification or type. Some walks may span two of these types - please use the type that fits the majority of the walk.

Length (required)

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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