How to get there - From the A3 through Guildford take the A320 north. You will cross the river and immediately come to a roundabout at which you turn left into Stoughton Road. Turn first left into Maple Grove and continue to the end where you turn left into Riverside. Find suitable street parking.
For those with SatNav the postcode is GU1 1LW .
Get a map with driving directions to start (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)
Suggested Launch Site - There is an easy launch from the grass area next to the Rowbarge pub.
Description - This is a trip of about seven miles with 4 portages around the two locks en route.
Set off to the left into the navigation cut. After the first half mile (which borders a small industrial estate on one side) the trip is through generally open countryside with frequent wooded banks. About half the trip is on the river and half in the canalised sections of the Wey navigation. There are no pubs apart from the one at the start but the trip can be easily extended by a further two miles (including the return) to the New Inn at Cartbridge.
The best portage at Stoke Lock is over the bank to the right of the lock and into the weir stream (see photos).
This river and the Navigations is owned by the National Trust, the guardian of so many of our rural treasures. The standard BCU licence covers paddlers on this trip.
Comments on this trip
chris 07 Sep 2009
The grassy area next to the pub belongs to the pub land lord. Best to ask permission first...
chris clark 07 Sep 2009
When wanting to launch at the Rowbarge, ask the landlords permission to use HIS bank. We went in there for a sandwich and had no problem when we asked if we could launch there, but he said he has no hesitation in "having a go" at folks who just go for it! Otherwise, a friendly landlord and good pub grub!