Posted: Friday 26 October 2018
South East Associates
Wey & Godalming Navigation Walk
- Thursday 19th July -
The Wey Navigation opened in 1653, one of the first British rivers to be made navigable and the Godalming Navigation opened in 1764, creating a 20-mile waterway from the Thames to Godalming in Surrey, to the south-west of the capital.
Today, managed by the National Trust, it is one of the few financially self-supporting waterways.
On a hot July day nine Associates followed the five miles of the navigation from Godalming to Guildford. The water, clear enough for swimming - a dozen or so swimmers were encountered on the pre-walk - had a welcome cooling effect.
We passed through pleasant water meadows some dry sandy sections and a small beach as well as seeing some industrial archaeology.
The walk was followed by an excellent pub lunch at The Britannia, on the opposite bank of the River Wey to the Guildford Theatre.
Our return to Godalming was an enjoyable 10-minute train ride seeing again some of the views from our walk.
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