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Tours 2000, BCN, Severn Estuary, K&A and River Wey

36 - Friday 4th August - Newark Priory Lock to Guildford. River Wey.


Weather bit cloudy at start, but then warm and sunny.

Yet another late start from Newark lock, at 9.40. At least the weather was OK today, back to shorts! The Wey has been much prettier than I remember it, probably because it is sunny summer day and not a cold rainy April, as we last experienced it. We stopped for water at Stoke Lock (12.45 to 13.45). This was a drawn out affair as it was a slow tap and every one had showers while it was filling. No one passed us in this time. Wendy found a leaflet dispenser, with a little map guide of the town, at least we knew where the cinema was now! We also managed lunch, but the smell of the Sewage works nearby nearly put us off it! Dapdune Wharf (NT) was marked not available out of opening hours and there were two work boats moored on it! The run into Guildford has been somewhat improved, but it is not until Walnut Footbridge that the town opens out onto the water front. We stopped at the 24 hour visitor moorings, just before Onslow Bridge, so that Neil could check out if there were any new visitor moorings that he fancied in the town. There were not and the first ones he did fancy were the Meadow ones, round the corner from the Guildford Boathouse. This was where we moored in 1995. Millmead Lock was looking resplendent after it's May 2000 rebuild, only the gates seemed original, and these looked like they had new balance beams. Off we went again and moored up, at the chosen spot, on the towpath side (15.25). Another two hire boats subsequently joined us. That evening we went to see Chicken Run, the Nick Parks (Wallace and Grommet man) full length film, a spoof on the Great Escape. After this we headed to Pizza Express for an excellent pizza.


About to enter Newark Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Our mooring last night was just below Newark Lock, at the end of the pilings. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Newark Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The impossible to reach Newark Priory. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Leaving Newark Lock. The crumbly gates arte soon to be replaced. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Newark New Bridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The river above Newark New Bridge. There are some good deepwater moorings on the left hand towpath bank. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Looking back at the little covered weir and Newark New Bridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Telephoto shot across the water meadows to Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Looking back from Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Waiting for Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Yet another pretty lock cottage, at Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Papercourt Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The moorings above Papercourt Lock. Broadmead Cut. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Tanyard Footbridge. Broadmead Cut. The building beyond is still a working tannery. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

High Footbridge at Send. Broadmead Cut. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The recently replaced Cartbridge Bridge. Broadmead Cut. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The New Inn at Cartbridge. Broadmead Cut. Good moorings. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Ashburton Footbridge at Cartbridge. Broadmead Cut. More good moorings beyond. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Worsfold Flood Gates at end of Broadmead Cut. NT workshops to the left. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Worsfold Flood Gates. Back onto river. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The river above Worsfold. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Trigg's Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Trigg's Lock. The bottom gates once had many paddles! Now only a pair working. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Trigg's Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Trigg's Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Send Church Footbridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Broad Oak Footbridge. Linda was checking out the navigable depth in the non navigation arch! River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Bower's Lock. This lock and cut chops off an elbow of the river. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Bower's Lock. You have to moor opposite and walk over footbridge to the lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Bower's Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Peter is getting good at positioning boat with paddle flow. Bower's Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Leaving. Bower's Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Clay Lane New Bridge. Bower's Cut. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Bower's Bridge. Bower's Cut. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

After this weir we are back on the river again. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Stoke Lock. Large poo factory to left! Froth is from outfall. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Stoke Lock. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The Rowbarge pub at Stoke Bridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Stoke Bridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Looking back at the river half of Stoke Bridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Houses on the bend on the river that are easily seen from the A3 road. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Approach to Guildford. New Bypass Bridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Looking back at Woodward Bridge. Approach to Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Dapdune Railway Bridge. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The NT preserved Dapdune Wharf,  it only has limited opening days. Unfortunately these did not correspond to our passage days. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The not too inspiring final approach to Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Walnut Footbridge. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Looking back from Walnut Footbridge. New multi screen cinema to right. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Onslow Bridge. Visitor moorings to left appear to be only used for day time shopping. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Onslow Bridge. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Friary Bridge. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Looking back at Friary Bridge. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Guildford Town Bridge is now pedestrians only. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Round this corner that has a large Debenhams on it, is a little back water, leading to this fine old mill. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Entering Millmead Lock. Debenhams behind. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Entering Millmead Lock. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Guildford Boat House. Start of our no heating, winter 1982 hire boat holiday! Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The Jolly Farmer pub, Millbrook. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Quarry Hills Footbridge. Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Round the next bend is our mooring for the night, between the two hire boats. We should have moored on the non towpath side! Guildford. River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

The Tour continues....

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