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 right into Riverside. The Waterside Centre is on the left.
For those with SatNav the postcode is GU1 1LW.
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Suggested Launch Site -
The Waterside is a very easy put-in with parking close to the water for convenient unloading. At weekends and during the school holidays it can be busy so please be prepared to move your car to a less busy part of the car park or even park roadside. As always, it's polite to ask for their permission to use the site.
This particular trip requires a car shuttle to leave a car at Pyrford Lock where there is a car park adjacent to the lock (you will need a British Waterways Key). Alternatively you can park in the pub (The Anchor) car park and repay the courtesy by having a pint there at the end of the trip.
This is a lovely downstream trip of about 8.5 miles with 5 portages around locks (there are also two sets of flood gates but in normal circumstances these will be wide open). There are a couple of points where you will be aware of the nearby A3 but the vast majority of this trip is through open countryside and woodland.
There is a pub (The new Inn) at Cartbridge, if you are looking for lunchtime refreshment and of course the Anchor at the end. Immediately after Newark Lock there are two streams on the left which take you to the remains of Newark Priory.