Surrey - River Wey Navigation - New Inn, Send to Fig of 8 returning to Send
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How to get there - Send is a village between Guidford & Woking on the A247. At the northern end of the village the A247 crosses the canal by the New Inn. It is possible to either park at the pub (ask permission) or further up Potters Lane where there are hedges on the right & use a signed public footpath to get down to the canal (narrow but just wide enough for a canoe).
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Suggested Launch Site - Launch from the towpath easily into the Navigation, either by the pub or, if parked further up, opposite the footpath.
Description - An unusual, almost adventurous, 9 mile route in that it completes a figure of 8 using a combination of the Wey Navigation & the meandering old river which runs parallel. Some rough portaging necessary, 2 easy locks, 2 weirs.
Head southwest "upstream" from the New Inn on the Navigation, passing Triggs Lock until you reach the weir into the old river on your left at Broadoak Bridge. Portage from left of the weir across nettly scrub to a small beach below the weir. Head down the lovely winding river to just below Triggs lock - WARNING there is one spot prone to low branches where you may have to squeeze through, especially in high water (egress difficult at this point). Once back at the Navigation return downstream, but keep left at Worsfold gates instead of returning to Send. After half a mile (keep left at obvious large weir) you will see the old print works across fields in front of you.
PORTAGE - ideally get out at small beach on right into field & portage to the right hand side of the obvious old printworks joining footpath that goes round the side of this then across the front of the building over the river to emerge at an area of grass on the left bank below the mill (1/2 mile). Re-launch off concrete edging to this. (It is possible to continue down river at field & exit awkwardly river right at bridge onto high concrete support, then join the field route saving 1/4 mile).
The effort is well worth it, as back in the old river you then pass Old Woking & enter a wonderful, quiet area of meanders which continue for the best part of an hours paddling, passing the Tudor Woking Palace on the way. This eventually meets the Navigation where you turn right upstream, pass Papercourt Lock, & continue back along the canalised section to the New Inn.
Comments on this trip
Mal Grey 31 Aug 2010
Temporary Amendment to the Portage above. There is a footpath diversion in place during building works. This makes the portage harder no longer follows a public right of way so closely. It remains possible to portage by continuing further down the field to the right of the paperworks cutting through the trees via an awkward ditch which will stop a trolley dead. The put in is then in a prime fisherman's spot which may be occupied.